Saturday, November 14, 2015
Event Title: Opera for Families
  • Region: Ontario
  • Venue / Location: Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Opera Centre, 227 Front St. E., Toronto, ON M5A 1E8
  • Time: 11:00am
  • Price: $15/Adults, $10/children
  • Genre: Staged Vocal Works
  • External Link: Opera for Familes


On Saturday, November 14, the Canadian Opera Company presents The Bremen Town Musicians and Operation Superpower. Starring the young artists of the COC Ensemble Studio, both family-friendly operas are written specifically for young people aged three to 12. Each opera is 45 minutes in length, followed by a 15-minute Q&A with the cast and crew.

Tickets to each opera are $15 for adults, and $10 for children. Join us one hour before each show for hands-on activities related to the operas!

Kevin Lau
Kevin Lau
Composition Date: 2003
Duration: 00:12:00
Genre: Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Full Orchestra (20 or more)


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Full orchestra
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Programme Note:
The title Heroes and Angels refers to two of the main thematic ideas within the piece. The first is an optimistic, simple melody, first revealed by the clarinet during the very opening bars of the piece. It has an almost comic-book quality, like the theme music for an imaginary superhero. The second theme is a lyrical and more complex melody that appears about halfway through the piece, and one that I associated with the idea of an angel. Linking these two subjects together is a hymn-like progression that surfaces almost constantly throughout the piece.Many of my works have expressed fascination with the idea of transcendence, of moving beyond the boundaries imposed upon us by nature. Despite its celebratory overtones, Heroes and Angels is no exception. The music is in a constant struggle to attain a higher ‘plane’ of sound—whether through rapturous modulations, deliberately saturated string writing, the use of accelerandi, or quasi-fugal episodes. At the climax of the Angels theme, when the music seems heaven-bound, this struggle culminates in a sudden, cataclysmic failure that for a moment sears the fabric of optimism that pervaded the piece. But it is only with this failure that the music is allowed to move forward and unfold toward its final, affirmative destination.

Premiere Information:
20 September 2003, Hamilton Place, Hamilton, ON.
Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra; Michael Reasaon, conductor


  • Call Number:
  • MI 1100 L36her
  • Genre:
  • Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Full Orchestra (20 or more)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • May 18, 2015
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (62 p.);
    62 Pages
    Height: 30 cm
    Width: 23 cm
    Parts page count: 190
    27 parts ([190] p.);
    Height: 30 cm
    Width: 23 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • Commissioned by the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra.
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