I’m out of town for the first week of November or so so this week’s preview will actually cover two weeks. Lots of endings coming up with the last OA Dido and Aeneas this afternoon and the COC’s fall season closing with Ariodante on Thursday and Norma on Friday. There’s also Centre Stage on Wednesday. I shall be curious to see what people think.
On to next weekend and there are a couple of items of interest. Saturday at 7.30pm and Sunday at 3pm at Grace Church on the Hill Bicycle Opera Project are collaborating with Pax Christi Chorale in performances of Mendelssohn’s Elijah. Here’s the blurb:
In this unique presentation of a classic oratorio, Bicycle Opera’s singers will shed formal concert format in favour of a dramatic exploration of Elijah, while staying true to our intimate and accessible style.
Soloists are Geoff Sirett, Chris Enns, Marjorie Maltais and Larissa Koniuk.
Also on Sunday afternoon is a concert by Toronto Operetta Theatre called Waltz Rivals: A Tribute to Kalman and Lehar. That’s at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts at 3pm. Singers include Lucia Cesaroni and Michael Barrett.
The following week there’s an Against the Grain production of Golijov’s Ayre featuring Miriam Khalil at the Ismaili Cultural Centre. That’s on Thursday 10th at 8pm or you can catch a preview for free in the RBA at noon on the same day. Also in the RBA on Tuesday 8th there’s a recital by soprano Magali Simard-Galdès and pianist Olivier Hébert-Bouchard featuring the works of female composers. Finally on Friday 11th there’s the big name recital of the fall season when Deb Voigt plays Koerner Hall. It’s at 8pm and the program is here.