Isis and the Seven Scorpions (2006)

Opera in 1 Act
2 Men/2 Women, Piano
Premiered by Canadian Opera Company, Toronto, April, 2006

Three young archaeologists lost in the Egyptian desert unravel the ancient myth of Isis in an effort to save their dying professor. Immersed in the epic struggle of a distant past, they discover the healing power of ancient wisdom.

Isis and the Seven Scorpions followed Burry's highly acclaimed opera for young people, The Brothers Grimm. The 45-minute opera, commissioned by the Canadian Opera Company, is scored for 4 singers and piano and premiered in Toronto in April 26, 2006. The work was also remounted in June 2006 for the gala opening The Four Seasons Centre for the Arts, the COC's new home. In this regard, Isis and the Seven Scorpions was the first staged opera ever performed in Canada's first and only dedicated opera house.


"Scorpion opera gives kids the bug"

-John Terauds, Toronto Star