Here’s a preview of things to see/listen to next week. It’s Met in HD season again and the next two Saturdays have broadcasts. On the 7th it’s Bellini’s Norma with Sondra Radvanovsky and Joyce DiDonato. It’s a David McVicar production and no prizes for guessing what happens when you cross McVicar and druids. On the 14th it’s Die Zauberflöte with the Resident Groundhog conducting. It’s the Julie Taymor production but given in full in German rather than the abridged ‘for kids” version. The best thing about the cast is René Pape’s Sarastro.
October 10th at noon is the first chance to get a look at this year’s UoT Opera. The program is called The Golden Age of Opera and it’s a 19th century plus verismo semistaged affair focussing heavily on duets. That’s in the free concert series in the RBA. There’s more UoT at 12:10pm on Thursday in Walter Hall where the graduate students will present a program called Vocalini: Italian Treasures. Also free.
Wednesday the 11th is opening night for the second COC production of the season. It’s Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore. It’s perhaps not the most profound work in the repertoire but the COC has assembled a cast of considerable quality and it should be fun. Young Ensemble Studio graduates Simone Osborne, Andrew Haji and Gordon Bintner are joined by not so young British baritone Andrew Shore in a production by James Robinson set in early 20th century small town Ontario. Yves Abel conducts.
Friday the 13th Against the Grain are collaborating with Kyrie Kristmanson on a release event for her new CD Modern Ruin. Expect a medieval classical folk pop mash up with dance thrown in. It’s at the Alliance Française at 8pm. Tickets are $15.
Finally, the first Mazzoleni Songmasters of the series is on Sunday at 2pm and features Erin Wall with Asitha Tennekoon in a program called A Song for All Seasons; which could mean pretty much anything!