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Changing the past: How composer Ian Cusson rewrote part of the famous Louis Riel opera

Changing the past: How composer Ian Cusson rewrote part of the famous Louis Riel opera

September 20, 2019
National

"The 1967 opera Louis Riel is often cited as Canada's most important operatic work, but the original version includes a lullaby based on music from a sacred traditional lament of the Nisga'a First Nation — and it was used without the community's consent.

In what's being hailed as a first in the world of classical music, Métis composer Ian Cusson has created a new aria for the opera to replace the original one created by composer Harry Somers and librettist Mavor Moore. He joined q's Tom Power to talk about the story behind this aria and why it's being seen as an act of reparation..."

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