TSO 2020/21

The TSO has announced its 2020/21 season; the first under new Music Director Gustavo Gimeno.  It looks pretty much “steady as she goes”.  There is no radical departure from past programming.  Is heavy on mainstream romantic rep with a ton of Beethoven as this year’s anniversary boy.  There are the usual seasonal, pops and young persons offerings as well.


A few things did catch my eye.  Barbara Hannigan is conducting Stravinsky’s Pulcinella in a concert that, inevitably, also includes Haydn.  Actually there’s quite a lot of Stravinsky in the programming overall.  There’s also a chance to see Emily D’Angelo sing excerpts from La clemenza di Tito in a programme that also includes Mahler 1.

The strangest thing is a semi-staged Rigoletto.  It’s not like Rigoletto hasn’t been done often enough at the COC and, stranger still, it features Quinn Kelsey who was also featured at the COC.  Joel Ivany directs.  I think it’s good that the TSO ventures into opera territory occasionally but it seems a bit daft to duplicate works seen so recently at the COC.

There’s a smattering of new works including several by composer in residence Sammy Moussa.  Most of the new pieces though are short works likely being used as “garage pieces” for quite conventional concerts.  Mustn’t frighten the horses.  Nice to see Adam Scime getting a look in though.

All the details including ticket info and pricing are here.

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