Various new production and season announcements…
LooseTEA Theatre have announced their season. November 2nd to 4th, at Heliconian Hall, there’s a double bill of Anne Frank operas. Singing Only Softly music by Cecilia Livingston, libretto by Monica Pearce and Alaina Viau will be presented with The Diary of Anne Frank by Grigory Frid. The singers are Sara Schabas and Gillian Grossman and Cheryl Duvall will be at the piano. Alaina Viau directs. December 3rd to 5th , also at Heliconian, they will present the production version of Carmen #YesAllWomen. (My thoughts on a 2016 WIP version). This version will combine voices (Erica Iris and Keith Klassen), chamber orchestra and turntables (SlowPitchSound). The libretto is by Alaina VIau and Monica Pearce, the music by Samuel Bisson. Alaina Viau directs and Scott Christian conducts. Tickets for both shows are available at www.looseteamusictheatre.com.
Toronto City Opera gave announced their 2019/20 season. Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffman will play at the Al Green Theatre on November 21st, 23rd and 24th. Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana will run at the Fleck Dance Theatre on May 28th, 30th and 31st. Casts and stage director(s) are yet to be announced but Jennifer Tung will conduct with Ivan Jovanovic at the piano. There’s also a fund raiser with Kristina Szabò at the Arts and Letters Club on Sunday at 2pm. Details, tickets etc.
Julien Bilodeau’s opera Another Brick in the Wall; The Opera, based on the Pink Floyd album is coming to Toronto. It will play at Meridian Hall from November 13th to 23rd. The cast includes Nathan Keoughan, France Bellemare, Caroline Bleau, and Jean-Michel Richer. Dominic Champagne directs and Alain Trudel conducts. Tickets via Ticketmaster.