Lease Dispute Leads to Second Cancelled Royal Opera Canada Production

Classic Arts News   Lease Dispute Leads to Second Cancelled Royal Opera Canada Production
The Royal Opera Canada has cancelled its second production in just over a month at the Living Arts Center in Mississauga, Ontario, the Mississauga News reports.

The reason cited for the cancellation is the failure of the company and the LAC to negotiate a lease agreement. The opera has been a tenant at the LAC since 1998.

The ROC's first production this season, which was to be La traviata, was also cancelled when the LAC would not open their box office, killing ticket sales for the production. The LAC performances of the company's second production, Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, have now also been cancelled.

Gerry Townsend, the LAC's chief executive officer, said that the opera and the venue are negotiating a new agreement in the hopes of having the company's next two productions, a double bill of Cavalleria rusticana and I pagliacci and then Madama Butterfly, as scheduled, although ticket holders have told the News that they were informed by the ROC that the LAC season had been cancelled entirely.

Performances at the Toronto Centre for the Arts, the opera's second venue, are unaffected by the dispute, and run as scheduled from November 23 through December 4.

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