Opera Canada review of 2023 Halifax Summer Opera Festival Season

Opera Canada review of HSOF 2023

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“This summer, in its 17th season, Halifax Summer Opera Festival brought enthusiastic young singers to town again to produce two double-cast fully staged operas: Serse (1738) by G.F. Handel and La Jolie Parfumeuse (1873) by Jacques Offenbach, the latter apparently a Canadian premiere. This provided eight performances of welcome entertainment to a COVID, fire and storm-weary audience. The choice of operas was inspired, with uplifting music and plots completely outside contemporary reality: La Jolie Parfumeuse is a comic operetta, and Serse, may have been intended as Opera Seria, but it exudes comic buffo.” — Daphna Levit, Opera Canada

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