- Somers Louis Riel
A co-production with the Canadian Opera Company
Sung in English, French and Cree with English and French SURTITLES™.
The story of the polarizing Métis leader and Canada’s westward expansion is told in this landmark work. Composed by Harry Somers for our nation’s centennial in 1967, this uniquely Canadian contribution to the opera world is returning on the work’s 50th anniversary, and will help mark the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation.
The National Arts Centre has joined with the Canadian Opera Company to proudly present this new production of Louis Riel.
Music by Harry Somers
Libretto by Mavor Moore with the collaboration of Jacques Languirand
Presented in partnership with Canada Scene.
THE NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE HAS JOINED WITH THE CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY TO PROUDLY PRESENT THIS NEW 50TH-ANNIVERSARY PRODUCTION OF LOUIS RIEL.
Louis Riel has been made possible by generous donors to the National Arts Centre Foundation who believe in investing in Canadian creators, including:
Kimberley Bozak and Philip Deck
TD Bank Group
The Canadian Opera Company gratefully acknowledges its underwriters:
The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation
Philip Deck & Kimberley Bozak
The Max Clarkson Family Foundation
WITH ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FROM:
Mark & Gail Appel
Margaret Harriett Cameron
Michiel Horn & Cornelia Schuh
Michael & Linda Hutcheon
The Michael and Sonja Koerner Charitable Foundation
Peter Levitt & Mai Why
John D. McKellar
Roger D. Moore
Dr. Shirley C. Neuman
Tim & Frances Price
Dr. Joseph So
Mr. Philip Somerville
Dr. John Stanley & Dr. Helmut Reichenbächer
The Stratton Trust
John Wright & Chung-Wai Chow
If you are interested in the history of Louis Riel, you may also be interested in the following events:
- Dear John, Louis David Riel, a performance piece by Métis artist David Garneau on Parliament Hill
- On Appropriation and the Importance of Indigenous Authorship, a panel discussion with Indigenous artists on the opera Louis Riel, June 16