A couple of “season” announcements have come in. Inverted commas because it’s all rather provisional with more details to come. Opera Atelier is offering a virtual summer/fall season with a reprise of Handel’s Resurrection from July 29th through August 12th. This time there is a Standard Audio Description; a tool for blind and partially sighted people. The fall sees the final version of Edwin Huizinga’s Angel released as a film that will stream October 28th through November 12th, The cast includes Measha Brueggergosman, Colin Ainsworth, Mireille Asselin, Jesse Blumberg, Meghan Lindsay, John Tibbetts (Opera Atelier debut), and Douglas Williams. An announcement about a return to in theatre perfomances will be made in January.
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Toronto City Opera has announced a partnership with the Pesaro Rossini festival. According to the press release “In March 2022 Toronto City Opera will host the Rossini Opera Festival in Toronto”. There will also be another series of events in August with both “live” and “digital” events on both sides of the pond. The August dates correspond to the festival in Pesaro so I assume any chance to see the likes of Ciro in Babilonia or Adelaide di Borgogna will likely be digital. There’s also a gala planned. One hopes pizza Rossini will not feature. It’s billed as a “framework agreement” so the details will come later I guess. As well as the Rossini, TCO will present their productions postponed in 20/21 due to COVID. Giuseppe Verdi’s Nabucco will take place in autumn 2021with Pietro Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana in spring 2022.