UoT Faculty of Music have just announced their 2016/17 season. It’s the usual broad range of performances so I’ll highlight the opera and vocal music contributions.
UoT Opera is offering four shows. The fall main production is Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld with new English dialogue and stage direction by Michael Patrick Albano. Choreography i by Anna Theodosakis and Russell Braun makes his podium debut. There are four performances November 24th to 27th. Spring sees a Handel rarity; Imeneo. Tim Albery directs and Daniel Taylor is in charge of the music. This one runs March 16th to 19th. Both shows are in the MacMillan Theatre.
Sunday February 5th sees the annual student composed opera. The libretto is by Michael Patrick Albano and it’s Prima Zombie; the Diva who wouldn’t stay dead. Opera critics disgruntled with the state of modern opera dig up and electrify Dame Nellie Melba. Sandra Horst conducts. In the MacMillan again. Finally there’s a show of Mozart excerpts in Walter Hall on Friday March 31st called Porgi Amor: The Operatic Music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
The Early Music department is doing Purcell’s The Fairy Queen on Sunday February 12th in Trinity College Chapel. Get there early. The sightlines in TCC are awful.
There’s also opera in the New Music Festival; specifically a concert performance, on February 1st in Walter Hall, of The Killing Flower by Salvatore Sciarrino. It’s based on the life of late 16th century composer Carlo Gesualdo, the count who murdered his wife and her lover. Geoff Sirett, Shannon Mercer and Scott Belluz are featured.
There’s also the usual series of free lunchtime concerts, master classes etc.
The entire schedule can be downloaded as a PDF at https://music.utoronto.ca/docs/notes_1617__final_for_web_aug_12.pdf