The week in prospect

Tomorrow (Sunday) is a busy day.  There’s a matinée of Götterdämmerung at the COC with a few tickets still available.  UoT Opera is doing their annual student composer piece.  This year it’s called Prima Zombie and it’s based on the premise that a cabal of disgruntled music critics, disenchanted with the current state of opera, unearth and electrify the corpse of the celebrated 19th century diva Nellie Melba.  Mayhem ensues.  This one is in the MacMillan Theatre at 2.30 pm and it’s free.


Still with Sunday, Voicebox:Opera in Concert are presenting Haydn’s L’isola disabitata in a more or less staged production (not much scenery but no music stands) with chamber orchestra.  I was at the final rehearsal this afternoon and I can think of much worse ways to spend a winter afternoon.  The piece is charming and, if the plot is dead simple, the music is more than decent.  It’s also a very strong line up with Valérie Bélanger, Marjorie Maltais, Asitha Tennekoon and Alex Dobson with the Aradia Ensemble and Kevin Mallon conducting.  It’s playing at 2.30pm at the Jane Mallett Theatre and tickets (lots available from $29) are available here.

After that it goes a bit quiet.  The Magic Flute and Götterdämmerung continue at the Four Seasons Centre but that aside there’s just a lunchtime recital in the RBA on Thursday.  Emily D’Angelo and Bruno Roy with pianists Hyejin Kwon and Stéphane Meyer present songs by Debussy, Ravel, Messiaen and Poulenc.  Free of course.


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