UoT Faculty of Music @100

It’s 100 years since the beginnings of the Faculty of Music at UoT.  There’s a pretty fair line up of concerts to celebrate it.  The Opera Division, as ever has two main stage productions in the MacMillan Theatre,  November 22nd to 25th 2018 sees Weill’s Street Scene with Sandra Horst conducting and Michael Patrick Albano directing.  March 14th to 17th 2019 sees performances of Mozart’s rather too often seen La finta giardiniera conducted by Russell Braun and, again, directed by Albano.  Given that on October 17th Albano is giving a public lecture titled The Concept Ceiling: Has avant-garde operatic production reached it’s zenith? I’d expect both of these to be on the decidedly conventional end of the scale.  Albano and Horst are in tandem again for the Opera Student Composer Collective’s Who Killed Adriana?; a riff off Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur on January 20th 2019.  The OSSC’s piece is almost always one of the highlights of the Opera Division year.  There are also some other “excerpts” shows in the calendar.


The Early Music Programme has some interesting shows; collaborations with various combos of Tafelmusik, Schola Cantorum and the Collegium Musicum with guest soloists.  These include, on September 30th 2018, Handel’s Dixit Dominus (Karina Gauvin and Krisztina Szabó) at Trinity College Chapel followed by his Israel in Egypt (Charles Daniels) on March 9th 2019 at St. Patrick’s Church, McCaul Street.  There’s also a Monteverdi extravaganza on March 10th 2019 in Trinity College Chapel (Charles Daniels again).

The Voice Programme has a number of free concerts and master classes.  These include Forgotten Melodies: Opera’s Hidden Gems curated by David Eliakis in Walter Hall on November 13th 2018 and The Song Narrative Project (Laura Tucker and Stephen Philcox at a tbd location on February 3rd 2019.  As to Master Classes there’s Jessye Norman on February 15th 2019 and Thomas Hampson on October 15th 2018.  The Norcop and Koldofsky Prize recital is on March 28th 2019.

There’s lots more; both free and ticketed.  Details at music.utoronto.ca.

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