Week of 7th February

salThis week kicks off with a concert performance of a rarity; Salieri’s Falstaff.  It’s a concert performance by Voicebox:Opera in Concert.  Larry Beckwith conducts the Aradia Ensemble and a cast of Voicebox stalwarts.  You can catch it at 2.30pm today at the Jane Mallett Theatre.

There are two free events on Tuesday.  Chris Purves, Alberich in the COC’s Siegfried, has a lunchtime recital in the RBA with Liz Upchurch at the piano.  The programme includes Mussorgsky, Handel and Duparc.  At 8pm in the Victoria College chapel you can catch Dean Burry’s graduate recital as he finishes up his PhD.  Soon perhaps Canada’s most performed composer will no longer be a lowly TA.  Oh the joys of credentialism!

And there’s more in the RBA noon concert series.  On Wednesday the Ensemble Studio get to preview their version of The Marriage of Figaro (full version on stage on the evening of the 22nd) and on Thursday the main cast Figaro, Josef Wagner (not be confused with Joseph Kaiser), will perform Schubert’s Winterreise with Rachel Andrist at the piano.

Also on Wednesday at 8pm at Trinity St. Paul’s, Soundstreams have Squeezebox, a programme of contemporary accordion music.  This will include a performance of R. Murray Schafer’s La Testa d’Adriane with Carla Huhtanen.

Both Siegfried (Thursday) and The Marriage of Figaro (Sunday matinée, Tuesday and Saturday) continue at the COC.

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