Less a Toronto listings summary than a quick review of things going on in various real and virtual spaces.
- On November 6th my good friends at Opera Revue have a “gala”; Ruckus! at the Revival. Besides the usual suspects there are several guests and I believe it starts at 6.30pm not 7.30 like the poster says. There’s a very short and very silly trailer here.
- Identity: A Song Cycle is a filmed version of a new song cycle by Dinuk Wijeratne and Shauntay Grant. It’s sung by Elliot Madore and presented by Against the Grain. It’s live now and free to watch. There’s a ton of information plus a registration link here. There’s talk of a live performance in Toronto at some future date.
- Five experimental companies; re:Naissance Opera, Sound the Alarm: Music/Theatre, Turning Point Ensemble, Loose Tea Music Theatre, and Arraymusic, are collaborating on a new opera Angel’s Bones. The music is by Du Yun and the libretto by the apparently ubiquitous Royce Vavrek. The subject is people trafficking and sexual exploitation so it’s another new opera addressing a contemporary social problem. It’s being premiered at the Annex Theatre in Vancouver from November 25th to 27th with a cast that includes Asitha Tennekoon and Alexander Dobson of this parish. It’s expected to get a Toronto run in early 2024.
- On November 3rd it’s the annual Elizabeth Krehm memorial concert. It’s at Christ Church Deer Park at 7.30pm and admission is by donation to St. Mike’s ICU as usual. The programme includes Ryan Trew”s Come Closer; songs on texts by Elizabeth Krehm and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No.4. Performers are Rachel Krehm and the Canzona Chamber Players conducted by Evan Mitchell. These concerts have been consistently excellent so if you aren’t going to Centre Stage and want to hear some music I’d recommend it.