There have been a few announcements over the last week or two. First up is a fund raiser for the music and social outreach programmes at St. Andrew by the Lake. St. Andrew by the Lake is the Anglican church that serves Toronto Islands and as everyone in Toronto knows this has been a tough summer for island dwellers and, among other things it’s messed up the usual summer music program at St. Andrew. The fundraiser is at Christ Church Deer Park on Thursday 24th August at 7.30pm. The concert features the Canzona Chamber Players with Evan Mitchell conducting and Rachel Krehm as soprano soloist in performances of Mozart, Gounod, Charpentier and Brahms. More details and tickets at http://www.standrewbythelake.com
Not exactly opera but interesting I think; Red Sky Performance, a contemporary Indigenous performing arts company is kicking off the fall season with the World Premiere of MIIGIS on September 15th at 6.30pm and 16th at 3pm at Fort York National Historic Site. MIIGIS fuses contemporary Indigenous dance with powerful live music and explores the catalysts, trade routes and stories of a journey from the Atlantic Coast to the Great Lakes, and the seven prophecies marked by miigis. It’s free.
Finally, Toronto Operetta Theatre have announced more details of their 2017/18 season. As previously announced there are four shows:
- September 22, 23 and 24, 2017 sees Operetts; a cabaret style show with tenors Michael Barrett, Adam Fisher and Thomas Sigwald with Christian Koch at the piano.
- November 5, 2017 there’s a single performance of Calix Lavallée’s The Widow with Julie Nesrullah.
- The big Christmas season show is Bernstein’s Candide with Elizabeth Beeler, Vania Chan and Michael Robert-Broder. There are performances on December 27, 28, 31, 2017 and January 5,6,7, 2018.
- Finally there’s Offenbach’s La Belle Hélène on April 25,27, 28 and 29 2018.
There is now more information on casting. The Widow will feature Diego Catalá and Stefan Fehr, Gregory Finney with Michael Rose as Music Director as well as Ms. Nesrullah. Tonatiuh Abrego takes the title role in Candide. Then for La Belle Hélène we get sultry Turkish mezzo Beste Kalendar in the title role with Adam Fisher and Stuart Graham. Pieter Tiefenbach conducts.
New this season is Saturday Cabarets at the Edward Jackman Centre. There are two shows Come to the Cabaret with host Elizabeth Beeler on November 18th and Doyle a la Carte on February 10th with host Henry Ingram.
All shows are in the Jane Mallett Theatre. More details at www.torontooperetta.com