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Opera Lyra

Hot Date: La Bohème

Ottawa’s Joyce El-Khoury stars as Mimi in Opera Lyra’s La Bohème. Photo © Dario Acosta

After a brief hiatus last year, Opera Lyra is back and starting its new season with a bang — a production of one of the most beloved operas ever composed. Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème tells the tale of young bohemians in Paris’ Latin Quarter in the 1840s. The part of Mimi, the mortally ill seamstress, is played by Ottawa’s own Joyce El-Khoury, whose international career has been thriving and landing her gigs at the likes of the Met Opera in New York and the Welsh National Opera.

Sept. 8, 10, 12, and 15. National Arts Centre, Southam Hall, 53 Elgin St., www.nac-cna.ca.

Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for September 7 to 9

Friday, September 7

Bon Iver plays the Ottawa Folk Festival on Monday

This weekend marks the 19th anniversary of the Ottawa Folk Festival, the city’s annual five-day fusion of music, dance and visual arts. Operating under new management – the Bluesfest organizers took control in 2011 – this year’s event will feature a slew of big-name acts such as Bon Iver, Lindsey Buckingham, Ben Harper and Matthew Good. Also on the bill are local musicians Kathleen Edwards, Black Dogs and Brock Zeman. (more…)