So this week is the big Messiah week. I’ll be seeing two; the TSO’s “big, fat” Messiah on Tuesday and Against the Grain’s choreographed version the following night. The TSO version uses Andrew Davis’ “large scale” orchestration and has a great quartet of soloists. It’s playing at Roy Thomson Hall Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday through Sunday. The AtG version also has great soloists, it’s on a smaller scale and features Jenn Nicholls’ choreography. It plays at Harbourfront Wednesday through Saturday. There’s also Tafelmusik’s baroque take at Trinity St. Paul’s, also Wednesday through Saturday.
Besides Messiahs, the best bet seems to be Collectif’s artsong cum cabaret show at Loft404’s B-Lounge on Monday night. It’s called Le Rossignol et la Rose and promises Oscar Wilde and the underground nightlife of 1930s Paris. There’s also Toronto Masque Theatre’s presentation of Dean Burry’s The Mummers Masque: A Newfoundland Christmas Kitchen Party. It’s at the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Apparently Carla Huhtanen gets to kill a dragon which may be about the only thing I haven’t seen her do. Finally on Sunday next there’s an Amahl and the Night Visitors at the Wychwood Barns.