Royal Conservatory 2019/20

ldspThe RCM 2019/20 season has been announced.  It’s the usual mix of chamber, orchestral, piano, jazz, world music, the completely indefinable and, of course, vocal.  There are 91 concerts in total.  With such a wide range of material it’s hard to imagine anybody being interested in all of it or, conversely, anybody unable to find something to their taste.  My tastes, of course, run largely to classical vocal music so what follows is what I find most interesting:

  • Peter Sellars is directing a staged version of Orlando di Lassus’ Lagrime di San Pietro with the Los Angeles Master Chorale.  February 1st and 2nd (3pm) 2020.
  • Two concerts at the 21C Festival.  Miriam Khalil and AtG are doing Golijov’s Ayre and other works (Mariel, K’vakarat, and Tenebrae).  January 11th 2020 Philippe Sly and Le Chimera Project are doing a staged Klezmer Winterreise.  January 17th 2020.
  • A concert to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Armenian composer Komitas.  It features the Amici Ensemble, Russell Braun, the Elmer Iseler Singers and the Canadian Children’s Opera Company.  October 25th 2019.
  • Karina Gauvin with the Pacific Baroque Orchestra in a program self-explanatorily titled Russian White Nights: Opera arias from 18th century St. Petersburg.  November 1st 2019
  • Matthias Goerne with Jan Lisiecki in all Beethoven program.  April 24th 2020.
  • The Glenn Gould School operas.  The fall show is Jonathan Dove’s Siren Song in piano score in Mazzoleni Hall.  November 1st and 2nd 2019 at 7.30pm.  The spring offering, with orchestra, is a double bill of Ravel’s L’heure espagnole and Puccini’s Suor Angelica.  March 18th and 20th 2020.  There’s also the Vocal Showcase in Mazzoleni Hall on February 8th 2020 at 7.30pm.

All shows are Koerner Hall at 8pm unless otherwise indicated.

There were also more details on the previously announced Mazzoleni Songmasters series.  There are three concerts.

  • Adrienne Pieczonka and Rachel Andrist with Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder plus Korngold, Schubert and Strauss.  November 24t 2019.
  • Sirens – Soprano Leslie Ann Bradley and mezzo-soprano Allyson McHardy perform repertoire inspired by this theme, as well as the duet song-cycle by Canadian Elizabeth Raum, titled Sirens.  January 26th 2020.
  • Russell Braun and Miriam Khalil in a program of solo and duet works including a world-premiere of a new CASP commission by Afarin Mansouri. April 19th 2020.

These are all at 2pm in Mazzoleni Hall.

More details and tickets at

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