Tobin Stokes, Rattenbury
Well known in Victoria, BC, for his grand design of the Capital City's Inner Harbour, including the Parliament Buildings, The Empress, the CPR Terminal (most recently housing the Royal London Wax Museum) and the Crystal Gardens, Francis Rattenbury's tumultuous life story is truly operatic in proportion.
The Other Guys Theatre Co. is proud to announce the development of composer/librettist Tobin Stokes' new chamber opera, RATTENBURY, based on the true story of the architect's fast rise, and free-fall. The opera exposes Rattenbury's incredible ambition, his huge misfortunes through WW1, failed land speculations and the sinking of the Titanic, his role in the Klondike Gold Rush, and his dramatic and sordid fall from grace. Ostracized by Victorian society due to an adulterous affair with a twice-married pianist he met in The Empress Hotel, Rattenbury divorced his popular and long-suffering wife "Florrie", married his mistress, Alma, and moved with her to England. His eventual murder by his young wife's even younger lover resulted in one of the most famous court cases ever to be tried at the Old Bailey and led one to a death sentence and another to suicide.
Canadian tenor, Richard Margison, a native Victorian, returns to Victoria in June to create the title role in a series of development workshops and will perform in a concert presentation of the opera in September. Hailed for his ringing top notes and spine-tingling power, Richard Margison is one of the most critically acclaimed singers on the international stage today. He performs regularly in many of the world's leading opera houses including the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, the Canadian Opera Company, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the San Francisco Opera, the Théâtre Royale de la Monnaie in Brussels, the Sydney Opera and the Grand Teatro del Liceu in Barcelona.