Summer is icumen to an end

opera5It may still be 90%+ humidity and hot as hell in Toronto but the signs of things to come are piling up.  I have a stack of tickets for fall events at various venues and the smaller opera groups are starting to announce their seasons.

The latest news is from Opera 5 who are launching the year with a Hollywood Glam Gala at Atelier Rosemarie Umetsu.  It’s a fundraiser with an “Opera in Hollywood” theme.  Performers will include Teiya Kasahara (probably not with the butch lesbian routine), Elizabeth MacDonald, Graham Thompson, and the increasingly visible Geoffrey Sirett among others.  Toronto photographer, Emily Ding will be on hand for Hollywood glam photos with food and alcohol provided by Fionn MacCool’s, notorious hangout of the COC Chorus.

Opera 5 is one of the most interesting small companies around doing less well known repertoire in interesting ways so come out and support them.  They also produce the popular web series “Opera Cheats”, which deconstructs opera plots and opera-going rules with a humorous twist. You can check them out at

Ticket and venue information is as follows:

September 10th, 2013, at 6:00PM/Atelier Rosemarie Umetsu (198A Davenport Road) Tickets $50.00 online at
$50.00 at door (Cash or Credit)

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