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.
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.
More information regarding the composer is available www.nicgotham.com
More information regarding the production at www.tapestrynewopera.com
Photogallery - Nigredo hotel
"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