Operetta, contemporary sounds and cast changes

Cesaroni-LuciaThe news continues to flood in!  Toronto Operetta Theatre will close out their season with the Canadian Premiere of The Cousin from Nowhere (Der Vetter aus Dingsda); a 1921 work by the German Eduard Künneke.  Described by TOT General Director Guillermo Silva-Marin as “a very special work, a chamber operetta really, written by a Berliner who incorporated American and Latin dance rhythms into a lyric framework”; it will be conducted by Jürgen Petrenko and stars tenor Christopher Mayell, and soprano Lucia Cesaroni.  There will be fours shows at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts on May 1, 2, 3, 4 (mat). For tickets call the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts at 416-366-7723, 1–800-708-6754 or online at www.stlc.com

Soundstreams have announced their 2014/15 season line ups.  There are two choral concerts and an opera that may be of interest to Operaramblings readers. The first is Vespers at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre on November 25, 2014. This couplesClaudio Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine with Canadian composer Gilles Tremblay’s Les Vêpres de la Vierge. Soprano Shannon Mercer joins Choir 21 and a chamber orchestra conducted by David Fallis.  From February 26 to March 1, 2015, Soundstreams will presentsthe Canadian premiere of The Whisper Opera at the Theatre Centre. The opera, by American composer David Lang, explores the tension between our private and online selves and features soprano Tony Arnold and New York’s International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE).  Finally, there is Song for Athene, on April 16, 2015 at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre. The program features works by John Taverner, Jonathan Harvey and Christos Hatzis performed by Choir 21 and the Toronto Children’s Chorus.

Finally, there are cast changes for the upcoming productions at the COC of Roberto Devereux and Don Quichotte.  In the latter Anita Rachvelishvili replaces Ekaterina Gubanova, who has “withdrawn for personal reasons” in the role of Dulcinée while in the Donizetti American tenor Leonardo Capalbo will take the title role for three performances, replacing Italian tenor Giuseppe Filianoti, who has had to return to Italy due to a family emergency.  I guess high profile cancellations are the price you pay for moving into the big leagues!

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