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Hot Date: The Canadian Opera Company Serves Up Revenge

(photo by Christian Dresse)

SEPTEMBER 29 TO OCTOBER 31  A new season for the Canadian Opera Company begins with the emotional wallop of Verdi’s searing Il Trovatore. A tortuous drama about vengeful gypsy Azucena and her son Manrico’s affair with a noblewoman—and his resulting rivalry with a powerful count—this is one of the most celebrated  Romantic-era operas in the Italian canon. The COC’s version, using an acclaimed production by the Opéra de Marseille, features Mexican tenor Ramón Vargas in his debut as Manrico. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, $45 to $325; call 416-363-8231 or visit here for tickets and times.

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