music theatre/opera

Nigredo hotel

A chamber opera for two singers

Direction by Baņuta Rubess

Music by Nic Gotham

Libretto by Ann-Marie MacDonald


A Hitchcock style thriller for baritone and soprana, Nigredo Hotel is a journey into the subconscious.  A stressed-out neurosurgeon is tormented by the owner of a sleazy hotel.  In Room 7, Raymond is forced to confront the dark recesses of his mind.  He is rewarded by the arrival of glorious Wisdom.


Nigredo hotel

Patricia O'Callaghan and Alexander Dobson, 2005 / Photo by Michael Cooper


Nigredo Hotel is one of the most successful Canadian operas ever.  Dramaturged and directed by  Rubess, the opera premiered as a co-production of Tapestry New Opera Works at the Tarragon Theatre in Toronto in 1992 and was nominated for eight Dora Mavor Moore Awards.  Subsequently, the production toured the United Kingdom (1993) and across Canada (1995) for a total of close to 100 performances.  A second production was mounted in Toronto by

Tapestry New Opera Works as part of their 25th anniversary celebrations in 2006.


Rubess also directed the radio version of Nigredo Hotel, CBC Radio, Saturday Afternoon at the Opera.


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"Blazingly visual…an extraordinary work…beautifully performed." …The Scotsman, Glasgow

‘one of the best nights of bad sleep you’re likely to experience’ Toronto Star