Season announcements

rba.pngThe Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre has now been unveiled, as has the UoT’s concert programme for 2017/18.  As usual the RBA programme is a treasure trove with a great deal of interest in the vocal series and beyond.  The season brochure is here.  Highlights include:

  • Multiple appearances by members of the Ensemble Studio
  • Krisztina Szabó with the Esprit Orchestra singing the Berio Folksongs on October 3rd
  • Various returning former members of the Ensemble Studio including Mr. and Mrs. Bintner with Liz Upchurch on October 19th, Claire de Sévigné with Rachel Andrist on February 14th and Owen McCausland with Stephen Hargreaves on April 17th
  • Lauren Eberwein with String Quartet on October 31st
  • Other singers in town for main stage shows also appearing in the RBA include Erin Wall (Oct 24th), Joshua Guerrero (Jan 23rd), Jane Archibald (Feb 20th), Meredith Arwady (Apr 19th), Sondra Radvanovsky (May 1st) and Keri Alkema (May 22nd)
  • There are previews from UoT Opera’s The Golden Age of Opera (Oct 10th), Against the Grain with Bound (Dec 13th), CCOC with The Monkiest King (Mar 8th), and Opera Atelier with The Return of Ulysses (Mar 29th)
  • Jeremy Dutcher with Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa (Our Maliseet Songs) on April 10th

There’s lots more!  All the concerts mentioned above are at noon and are free.  Generally one needs to be there early to get a decent seat.

Over at UoT there’s also an impressive collection of stage shows, concerts, recitals and master classes.  The full line up is here.  Highlights include:

  • Don Giovanni with Marilyn Gronsdal directing and Uri Mayer conducting (MacMillan Theatre November 23rd to 26th)
  • Gershwin’s Of Thee I Sing with Michael Patrick Albano directing and Sandra Horst conducting (MacMillan Theatre March 15th to 18th)
  • From the 19th Century… costumed and staged 19th century opera highlights.  (Walter Hall April 3rd at 5pm)
  • The Opera Student Composer Collective’s annual show on January 21st at 2.30pm in the MacMillan. This year it’s based on Dürrenmatt’s revenge drama Der Besuch der alten Dame.  Albano and Horst in tandem again.  There’s also a symposium on the future of Canadian opera in the Geiger-Torel Room from 11.30am to 1pm
  • The Fall Baroque Academy concluding with a concert of highlights from Handel’s Giulio Cesare (Sept 24th at 7.30pm in Trinity College Chapel)
  • Handel’s Messiah on October 28th and 29th also in TCC
  • Student vocal performances most Tuesdays in term time at 12.10pm in Walter Hall
  • Various vocal concerts in the Tursday series (also 12.10pm in Walter Hall including the Norcop Prize winner on March 29th
  • Master classes including Judith Forst (Oct 16th), Johannes Debus (Feb 15th), John Hess (Mar 7th).  Times and places vary.


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