2017 draws to a close and we haven’t had a nuclear war (yet). So it’s time to look ahead to what’s coming up opera and concertwise in January 2018. But first, there’s one show still to catch in 2017. Toronto Operetta Theatre opens a run of Bernstein’s Candide tomorrow night at the Jane Mallett. It stars Tonatiuh Abrego, Vania Chan, Elizabeth Beeler and Nicholas Borg. There are shows at 8pm on December 28th and 30th and January 5th and 6th with matinées on New Year’s Eve and January 7th. For the shows on 28th, 5th and 6th you can use code CANDIDE30 to get a 30% discount. All is for the best in the best of all possible worlds!
Regular events include Against the Grain’s Opera Pubnight at The Amsterdam Bicycle Factory at 9pm on January 4th and Whose Opera is it Anyway? at Bad Dog at 9.30pm on January 21st. There’s a load of Mozart at the TSO with some of it at Koerner so a chance to hear the orchestra in a hall with good acoustics. Check tso.ca for details. At the Conservatory there’s Russell Braun with Schumann’s Dichterliebe in Mazzoleni at 2pm on the 21st. Apparently it’s already sold out. At the University, half an hour later, there’s the annual Student Composers’ Collective production. Vengeance is a reimagining of Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s drama Der Besuch der alten Dame in which the world’s richest woman returns to her impoverished birthplace to confront the man she once loved and the townspeople who betrayed her. This is always a fun show and it’s free so if you can’t get a ticket for Russell you know what to do.
At the Four Seasons Centre there’s one interesting vocal concert in the noon hour free series. Joshua Guerrero, singing the Duke in Rigoletto, has a recital with Andrea Grant on the 23rd. On the main stage the COC’s presentation of Verdi’s Rigoletto opens on the 20th and runs through February 23rd. It’s a revival of Christopher Alden’s 2011 production but with Roland Wood in the title role, Anna Christy as Gilda and Stephen Costello and Joshua Guerrero sharing Duke of Mantua duties. Stephen Lord conducts. FWIW here’s what I had to say about the production last time.