Greek-Canadian Ariana Chris Stars in Operatic Tale Don Quichotte

COC presents Don Quichotte

Canadian Opera Company Presents Don Quichotte with a star-studded cast that includes Greek-Canadian mezzo-soprano Ariana Chris.

Based on the same classic novel that inspired the Broadway hit Man of La Mancha, Don Quichotte is Massenet’s affectionate portrayal of literature’s ultimate dreamer, Don Quixote. Ferruccio Furlanetto, opera’s pre-eminent bass, stars in his intensely moving signature role. Lush melodies and Spanish dance rhythms conjure up medieval Spain at the end of the age of chivalry. In this enchanting production, characters spring out of giant leather-bound storybooks as windmills are fashioned from oversized quills.

Making her COC debut in the pants role of Garcias, one of Dulcinée’s prospective suitors, is Greek-Canadian Ariana Chris. She comes to the COC having delighted audiences across Canada and internationally with “a beautifully burnished mezzo-soprano voice, a fine way with a musical phrase and a strong stage presence” (Toronto Star).

Singing the roles of Don Quichotte’s other rivals for Dulcinée’s affections are Ensemble Studio soprano Sasha Djihanian, also in a pants role, as Pedro, and Ensemble Studio tenors Owen McCauslandand Andrew Haji as Juan and Rodriguez, respectively. Canadian character tenor Michel Corbeil is Ténébrun, the bandit chief who steals the pearl necklace that Don Quichotte sets out to retrieve for Dulcinée.

Don Quichotte is sung in French with English SURTITLES™ and runs for seven performances at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts on May 9, 11, 14, 17, 20, 22, 24, 2014. Performance time is approximately two hours, 25 minutes including one intermission.