The Country in Her Throat


Simon Fortin, Translated by Bill Glassco

About the Book

The Country in Her Throat is about Emma Albani, Canada’s first operatic superstar. She was born in 1847 in Chambly, Quebec, as Emma Lajeunesse and made her debut at Covent Garden in 1972 at the age of 25. This play is by no means a biographical play, but rather, a play that uses Albani’s career as a way of exploring other themes. Fortin refracts Albani’s bright career through the memories of her sister Cornelia, a pianist who accompanied, in both senses, the soprano throughout her early career and arrived in London with her. The country in Emma’s throat is both the idealized country of art, and also the very real country that they left behind and to which they can never return.


“Fortin finds in [Albani] a powerful metaphor for Quebec before the Quiet Revolution, a country that ran the risk of forgetting its language and misplacing its soul.”
-The Globe and Mail

About the Author

Simon Fortin has been involved in theatre both as an actor and a playwright, both in French and English Canada. His other plays (co-authored with Guylaine Tremblay) include Poison d’Avril and Souriez Mille Robi.

Bill Glassco is the founding artistic director of Toronto’s Tarragon Theatre, co-founding director of the Canadian Stage Company, and one of this country’s best-known directors of Canadian work. He has also translated plays by Michel Tremblay and Michel Marc Bouchard.

DRA013000 Drama/Canadian
80pp 5.5 x 8.5 in
4F/1M, doubling