Louis Riel

Dear Friends,
It has been a long time since I posted anything. My website has been collecting dust and I feel impelled to finally do something about it. Thanks for waiting five years.

Since my last post, I have repatriated to Canada. Most of you know that I am an American. Well… I am also a Canadian. And though it broke my heart to leave the wonderful city of San Francisco, I must admit that I have adjusted to the country of my youth.

I will write more about that later. For now, I want to mention the production in which I now appear, Louis Riel, based on the historical Canadian figure, written by Canadian composer, Harry Somers. It debuted in the late 1960’s and hasn’t seen any programming since 1976, I believe.

To celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, the Canadian Opera Company has revived it with co-productions by the National Centre for the Arts in Ottawa and Festival d’Opéra de Québec.

I feel honored to take part in a cast which includes the likes of Russel Braun, Simone Osborne, Allyson McHardy, and James Westman, (to name a few).

Those who saw the production in Toronto earlier this year, had great things to say. If you’re in Ottawa or Québec City between now and the end of the Summer, please come see it.

I will write more about the production and historical details in further posts.

For now, I’m very happy to be in my country’s capital doing my part to celebrate the 150th.

-Thomas Glenn