Here’s a look ahead to March.
March 3rd and 5th, Opera York are presenting Mozart’s The Magic Flute at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts. Details are here. Also on the 5th at 1pm Opera Revue are playing a new venue; The Aviary in the Canary District. (They are playing another new venue, Granite Brewery, on the 12th. Opera Revue your source for craft beer!) And the following night at 7.30pm it’s AtG’s Opera Pub at the Drake at 7.30pm.
From the 9th to the 12th it’s UoT Opera’s spring offering at the MacMillan Theatre. This year it’s Arthur (not George) Benjamin’s A Tale of Two Cities. Benjamin is probably the only opera composer to be shot down by Hermann Göring. I’m not sure what, if anything, that says about his music.
On the 15th and 17th it’s the Glenn Gould School’s turn with Jonathan Dove’s Flight (ironically enough) at Koerner Hall. That’s at 7.30pm. It will be conducted by Gordon Gerrard and directed by Anna Theodosakis
Lunchtime on the 16th at Walter Hall sees the annual James Norcop prize recital. This year it’s baritone Jamal Al Titi with pianist Indra Egan. Then later that day at the Array Space there’s a chamber music concert by the Happenstancers titled DREAMS-BEND which will explore the night and the grotesque. It includes the premiere of a new work by Nahre Sol.
2,30pm on the 19th Opera in Concert are presenting Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges’ L’amant anonyme. Looks like it’s chamber ensemble rather than piano too and on the 21st at noon in the RBA Against the Grain Theatre are presenting a season preview.
Then there’s probably the biggest event of the month. From the 25th to April 1st Tapestry Opera are presenting Ian Cusson’s new opera Of the Sea with a libretto by Kanika Ambrose. This deals with the mythical sub-ocean world of Africans thrown overboard on the Middle Passage. It’s a co-pro with Obsidian Theatre and features the COC Orchestra conducted by Jennifer Tung. It’s at the Bluma Appel Theatre. More details.
In the RBA at noon on the 28th Opera Atelier are presenting excerpts from their upcoming The Resurrectioin. Finally on the 31st at the unusual hour of 5pm in Walter Hall UoT Opera have are presenting a selection of opera scenes.
That’s what I know about right now. Usually more stuff comes in at quite short notice so I’ll do an update later in March.
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