The Canadian Opera Company (COC) is home to the Canadian Opera Company Theatre, a dedicated space for bold, original programming that expands the boundaries of operatic storytelling. In this venue, the company shares work that is new and boundary-breaking, opening up space for voices often unheard or under-represented in opera.
Pomegranate is a groundbreaking, lesbian love story about Suli and Cassia, who seek to express their love for each other freely in the face of impossible odds. As the time-shifting narrative moves from a women’s temple in ancient Pompeii to a Toronto lesbian bar in 1981, the orchestral music alters as well, from featuring harp accompaniment to electric piano.
The couple struggles to repair their love in the face of homophobia and an impossible ultimatum, while fragments of memory endure, revealing a transcendent love for the ages.