Toronto’s Mayor Ford: the aria

Toronto’s Mayor Ford: the aria


norman lebrecht

November 20, 2013

He smokes crack, threatens homicide, slams into women councillors, he’s Toronto’s finest. Has to be an opera, right?



  • richardcarlisle says:

    Perhaps tourism will improve with people knowing they can get away with rotten behavior along with those wanting to see what kind of city tolerates such theatrics…. and yes — AN OPERA… or anything portraying antics rivaling the greatest slapstick since Charlie Chaplin.

  • A friend of mine living in Canada suggested half-jokingly Ford is in fact a performance artist with a task to lay bear the rottenness of today’s politics.

  • Harold Stover says:

    Written in quarter tones, you know, the crack between the keys…

  • We all wish it were an opera. We obviously need new legislation to protect us from such politicians. Canadians are generally too trusting. This is one big wake up! Ann

  • PA Kingston Ont says:

    A fantastic idea! Mulroney the Opera was quite amusing in its half-hearted way, so why not Ford the Opera? So many interesting characters, so much drama, so much action, intrigue, good vs evil, etc. Fully staged and broadcast in HD to cinemas around the world, like the Met, with real singers! I nominate the great Ben Heppner for the title role. Any other casting suggestions? And funding anyone?

  • V.Lind says:

    I think it would be better as a video game. Using Brenda Lee’s “I’m Sorry” as leitmotiv.

  • Insert Real Name says:

    There was a contemporary opera production by student composers, singers & musicians at the University of Toronto’s Music Faculty of “Rob Ford — The Opera” in early 2012. Look for mobile phone snippets on Youtube.