The amazing Barbara Hannigan is in town next week teaching at the UoT. There are a number of events open to the public and free. Here’s a list:
Tues, Jan 19, 10:30 am, Walter Hall
Lecture – Show and Share: Living and Surviving as a Singing Artist
Tues, Jan 19, 12:10 pm, Walter Hall
Master Class with U of T Opera students – featuring excerpts from the contemporary operatic repertoire centering on The Machine Stops, a new opera by the Faculty’s student composer collective.
Wed, Jan 20, 3:10 pm, Room 330 @ 80 Queen’s Park
Interactive session – Dare to Compare: session with composers, pianists and instrumentalists from U of T’s contemporary music ensemble.
Thu, Jan 21, 12:10 pm, Walter Hall
Master Class with U of T Voice students – featuring songs and chamber music of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Fri, Jan 22, 5 pm, Walter Hall
Concert – Performances by Faculty of Music singers and pianists after their training with Barbara, as well as from Barbara herself with pianist Professor Steven Philcox.
ETA: She’s also appearing with the TSO on Jan 27 and 28 singing Correspondances by Henri Dutilleux. There’s no stopping her!
There’s even more stuff at UoT. Thurs, Jan 28 Krisztina Szabó and Steven Philcox have a free noon hour concert at Walter Hall.
There’s lots of other good stuff coming up to. The next few weeks have a whole bunch of excellent lunchtime concerts in the RBA (also free of course). Here’s the scoop:
Tues, Jan 19 – Où dort la fantaisie
COC Ensemble Studio members bass-baritone Gordon Bintner and tenor Charles Sy present a program comprised of Schumann’s Liederkreis and Britten’s Les Illuminations.
Tues, Feb 2 – Classics Reimagined
Canada’s Gryphon Trio and bass Robert Pomakov perform Heather Schmidt’s Lunar Reflections and classic works by Mozart.
Tues, Feb 9 – The Art of Song
Christopher Purves presents an intimate program of some of his recital favourites.
Wed, Feb 10 – A Song on the Breeze: Highlights from The Marriage of Figaro
The young artists of the COC Ensemble Studio present highlights from Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro.
Thurs, Feb 11 – Winterreise
Austrian bass-baritone Josef Wagner joins forces with pianist Rachel Andrist in a very special performance of one of the most significant works in the Lieder repertoire: Schubert’s stirring song cycle, Winterreise.
All of these start at noon and last about an hour, except Winterreise which will be a bit longer.
And now for something completely different. On Feb 1o, Soundstreams have a concert of contemporary of accordion music at Trinity St. Paul’s at 8pm. Among other stuff it features Carla Huhtanen (who else) in a piece by R. Murray Schafer; La Testa d’Adriane, originally written for Mary Morrison.
There’s more good stuff at the Royal Conservatory too. March 16 and 18 (7.30pm) at Koerner Hall, the Glenn Gould School have their spring production. This year it’s Handel’s Alcina which should make an interesting contrast with Opera Ateliers recent effort. Leon Major directs and Ivar Taurins conducts. And on March 6 (2pm) there’s the second Mazzoleni Masters concert at, surprise, Mazzoleni Hall. Le travail du peintre features works inspired by paintings and painters. Mireille Asselin (soprano) and Brett Polegato (baritone) with pianists Peter Tiefenbach and Rachel Andrist will perform works by Poulenc, Debussy, Fauré, Wolf, and others. Also, on Sun 24 Jan at 8pm there will be a free performance of Poulenc’s La Voix Humaine in Mazzoleni Hall. Christina Campsall stars.
And a bit of a rarity, on Sunday, Feb 7, VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert are presenting Salieri’s Falstaff. Larry Beckwith conducts with the Aradia Ensemble.