Toussesans opera is being watched in Toronto for the first time in decades.
The opera company that produced the work, Opera Toronto, announced Friday that it would premiere the show in the city at the Toronto Public Library on Monday.
The new show will run through Oct. 26.
“It’s really great news for us and for the Toronto community,” said company president David Wiens.
“We’ve been hoping to do it for 20 years, and we’re delighted to be able to finally bring it to Toronto.”
A Globe & Mail feature about opera in the 1990s highlighted the work’s enduring popularity and the number of Toronto residents who attend opera performances.
“I know that I’ll be at the Opera Toronto box office on Monday,” said Toussie’s Lisbeth Salander.
The show, which was made by the Toulouse-based company Opera Toronto in the 1960s, has been performed in France, Germany, Italy and Japan.
The company has been in the works for decades, with Opera Toronto working with the French company of the same name to make the show a reality.
Wiens said opera companies have been watching Toronto’s production of TousSaints, which he says was performed on a budget of just $50,000, for years.
“They’ve been wanting to do a Toronto show for years, for a long time,” he said.
“In the mid-1980s, there was talk of a Toronto opera, and then they didn’t happen.”
The production of the show, he said, is a “truly spectacular” production, and a “big deal” for Toronto.
“The city has been waiting for this opera, for over 30 years, because the city was a major opera city in the 1930s and 40s and 50s and 60s and has never really had a Toronto production,” he added.
Wiesens company is a Canadian subsidiary of the French Opera company Opera, which has staged a number of world premieres, including at the London Palladium in 2014 and the Tokyo Dome in 2013.
Opera Toronto’s performance of the Toulsans opera will be a preview of a new production of a version of the opera that will be performed in Toronto next year.
It is one of the oldest operas in the world and has been a major international success.
“Toronto’s opera scene is vibrant and vibrant, and the city is a great place for opera,” Wiens added.