December is not just Messiah though heaven knows there are plenty of those…
On Sunday 1st Voicebox is presenting Janáček’s Katya Kabanova. It has a strong cast including Lynn Isnar, Emilia Boteva, Michael Barrett and Cian Horrobin. We don’t see nearly enough Janáček in Toronto. That’s at 2.30pm at the St. Lawrence Centre.
Against the Grain’s remount of Figaro’s Wedding runs December 3rd to the 20th at the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse at 8pm. Music direction this time is by Rachael Kerr and the cast includes Bruno Roy, Miriam Khalil, Ally Smither, Phillip Addis, Lauren Eberwein, Jacques Arsenault, Maria Soulis and Greg Finney. Review of the 2013 original.
Loose Tea’s Carmen #YesAllWomen runs December 3rd to 5th at 7.30pm at Heliconian Hall. Erica Iris takes the title role with Keith Klassen, Beth Hagermann, Bradley Christensen and Ramona Carmelly, among others, also appearing. This is the production version of the piece I wrote about in workshop a couple of years ago.
The Toronto Consort are presenting Schütz’s Christmas Story on December 13th and 14th at 8pm and December 15th at 3:30pm at Trinity-St. Paul Centre. David Fallis conducts and the singers include baroque specialist Charles Daniels.
And so to Messiah. It’s really the usual set of choices. You can do for baroque with Tafelmusik. That one runs December 17th to 20th at Koerner Hall at 7.30pm. Soloists are Margot Rood, soprano; Lucile Richardot, mezzo-soprano; Thomas Hobbs, tenor and Peter Harvey, baritone. Ivars Taurins conducts. The TSO is doing the Mozart version this year. It’s on the 18th, 20th and 21st at 8pm and the 21st at 3pm. Alexander Shelley conducts with Jane Archibald, soprano; Emily D’Angelo, mezzo-soprano; Isaiah Bell, tenor and Russell Braun, baritone.
Soundstreams are also doing Electric Messiah again at the Drake Underground at 8pm, December 10th to 12th. Expect an eclectic mix which may include some surprises. Rob Kempson directs with Adam Scime as music director. Artists involved are Lindsay McIntyre, soprano; Chloe Charles, alto; Jonathan MacArthur, tenor; Andrew Adridge, bass; SlowPitchSound, DJ and Lybido, dancer.
Finally, not quite in December, FAWN have the first in their Convergence series of experimental mixed genre concerts. It’s on November 30th at 8pm at Victory Social Club. Details here.