In a press release issued earlier today, the Canadian Opera Company (COC) officially announced that Rufus' second opera, Hadrian, will receive it's world premiere at the Four Seasons Centre in Toronto as part of the COC's 2018 season.
Inspired by the life and loves of Roman Emperor Hadrian, the libretto will be written by award-winning Canadian actor, director and playwright Daniel MacIvor.
Already in the works for three years prior to today's announcement, Hadrian will be the COC's first original commission since 1999. Speaking about the upcoming production, COC General Director Alexander Neef says, "Rufus has such incredible passion for opera, and he brings a genuine desire to contribute to the art form and the future of opera. That's an especially rare quality and an essential one, in order to create a meaningful piece of art that lives on long after its premiere."
In advance of today's announcement, both The Globe And Mail and The Toronto Star were given early word of Hadrian. Read those pieces in full at TheGlobeAndMail.com and TheStar.com, and stay tuned for more news about this exciting new chapter in Rufus' career!
One last show for 2013: Rufus will perform at Belly Up in Aspen, CO, on December 29. Tickets are on sale now.
For a look at the rest of Rufus’ upcoming dates, please visit the Tour page.
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