Here’s what’s coming up over the holidays and into January.
Toronto Operetta Theatre’s seasonal production this year is Strauss’ Die Fledermaus. It runs December 28th through January 2nd at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts. The cast includes Lara Ciekiewicz as Rosalinde, Adam Fisher as Eisenstein and Caitlin Wood as Adele. Derek Bate conducts the TOT orchestra and Guillermo Silva-Marin directs.
The 21C Music Festival runs from January 16th to 20th. This time it will celebrate the American minimalist composer Terry Riley, with his music being performed in three of the concerts, including one that he will headline, titled Terry Riley: Live at 85! Full details at rcmusic.ca.
This one is not opera but I think it will appeal to many of my readers. It’s an adaptation of Euripides’ Iphigenia among the Taurians called Iphigenia and the Furies (on Taurian Land). It’s by Ho Ka Kei and will be presented by Saga Collectif at the Aki Studio from January 6th to January 20th at the Aki Studio (opening night January 10th). It’s directed Jonathan Seinen and features Thomas Olajide, Virgilia Griffith and PJ Prudat. More details and tickets at sagacollectif.com
From January 16th to 20th Tafelmusik are presenting an 18th-century Roman soirée called The Harlequin Salon. It’s a multimedia program created, scripted, and illustrated by Tafelmusik oboist and artist Marco Cera. Combining music, caricature sketches, projected images, costumes, and text, The Harlequin Salon opens a door into the glittering world of Pier Leone Ghezzi; renowned painter, party host, and history’s first professional caricaturist. The Harlequin Salon features guest artists Roberta Invernizzi, soprano, and Dino Gonçalves, actor, with stage direction by Guillaume Bernardi It plays at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre. Full program details are available at tafelmusik.org.
Finally, Tapestry Opera is premiering a new piece called Hook Up from January 29th to February 9th at Theatre Passe Muraille. Hook Up is by Chris Thornborrow (composer) and Julie Tepperman (librettist) and combines the genres of musical theatre and opera. The stage director and dramaturge will Richard Greenblatt. It is billed as “a darkly humorous exploration of privacy and consent in three teens’ coming-of-age.” The cast includes Emily Lukasik, Alicia Ault, Alexis Gordon, Nathan Carroll and Jeff Lillico. The music director is Jennifer Tung.