April is a busy month for fully staged opera. Canadian Opera opens two productions and there are shows from Opera Atelier, Against the Grain and Essential Opera. First up is the COC’s revival of Robert Lepage’s production of Stravinsky’s The Nightingale and Other Short Fables. This opens on April 13th and runs to May 13th. In 2009 it sold out so this time there are nine performances. Also at the COC there’s Donizetti’s Anna Bolena completing the Tudor trilogy. It opens on April 28th with nine performances closing May 26th.
Against the Grain opens a baroque/burlesque version of Gluck’s Orphée, also on April 26th, at Harbourfront. It features Siman Chang, Mireille Asselin and the amazing pole dancing soprano Marcy Richardson. There are also performances on the 27th and 28th. Opera Atelier’s spring production is Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria. There are six performances at the Elgin opening on April 19th and closing on the 28th.
The last few days of the month are insane as the 26th also sees Tafelmusik’s Hausmusik at the Great Hall and the first of two performances of Bernstein’s Candide at the the TSO. The second is on the 28th. Finally, Essential Opera has one performance, with Orchestra Toronto, of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi at the Toronto Centre for the Arts on April 22nd. CanStage/Tapestry’s The Overcoat also runs until the 14th.
On April 6th at Koerner Hall there’s Bernstein@100, a tribute to Lennie, with among others Wallis Giunta. Also at Koerner, Gerald Finley has a recital on the 22nd. Perhaps surprisingly there are still plenty of tickets available. The Amici Ensemble have a concert with Isabel Bayrakdarian and featuring more Bernstein, also at Koerner, on the 27th.
Lunchtime recitals at the RBA include Jeremy Dutcher (10th), Sara Schabas (11th), Owen McAusland (17th), Meredith Arwady (19th) and the annual visit of the Atélier Lyrique (26th). There’s also Opera Pub on the 5th at the Amsterdam Bicycle Club and Who’s Opera is it Anyway? at the Bad Dog Theatre on the 15th.