As we head into summer…

SE_Raccoons_180201_164As we head into summer, as usual, things start to quieten down.  I only have five shows in my schedule for the month of June:

  • June 2nd, 4th and 5th Toronto City Opera are presenting Cavalleria Rusticana at the Fleck Dance Theatre.  It’s the usual TCO format; piano accompaniment, amateur chorus, young professional soloists.  Jennifer Tung conducts.
  • June 2nd, 3rd, 4th at &.30pm at the Canadian Opera Company Theatre it’s the latest iteration of Teiya Kasahara’s The Queen in Me.  It looks like this time it may be with small ensemble rather than just piano.  There’s a promo video on the COC’s Youtube channel.
  • June 3rd to 10th (preview June 2nd) at Crow’s Theatre it’s Maxime Beauregard-Martin’s Singulières; a play about “single ladies” in Quebec.  It’s in French with English surtitles (and/or 3D glasses).
  • June 5t at 4pm at Grace Church on the Hill, Soundstreams are presenting a homage to the late R. Murray Schaefer.  This one is free but registration is required.
  • June 15th, 16th, 18th and 19th at 8pm at Roy Thomson Hall the TSO are presenting Beethoven’s ninth symphony with an impressive line up of soloists including Rihab Chaieb.  It’s coupled with three short premiers including a piece by Adam Scime.

That’s about it until Toronto Summer Music opens on July 7th.

Well meh!

fscSo no big launch event to herald the COC’s 2022/23 season announcement, just an email.  I’m not surprised because if the season had been announced in front of a large crowd at the Four Seasons Centre there would probably have been a riot. There are six productions on the main stage and each gets only seven or eight performances for a total of 45 which is the lowest since the house opened.  Five of them are revivals and there’s no Parsifal.  I begin to think that I have more chance of finding the Holy Grail than ever seeing Parsifal in Toronto.

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Getting into RUR

rurIt’s not much of a secret that I’m a bit fanatical about new opera.  This year Tapestry has two really exciting looking premieres in Toronto.  Later in the year there’s Brian Current’s Gould’s Wall which, as an ex climber, I just have to see but first, in fact coming up next month, is RUR: A Torrent of Light by Nicholas Billon and Nicole Lizée.  It’s about robots and it’s a collaboration with OCAD U who are developing some way cool technology for the show.  There’s now loads of really good preview material about the show on Tapestry’s Youtube channel.  So I have two suggestions to make:

  • Watch the Youtube videos
  • Buy a ticket for the show before it sells out

Balance of April and into May

rurThere’s a fair number of shows appearing at fairly short notice as people scramble to adapt to relaxing regulations so this post will contain events for April not previously noted plus a look forward to May.

  • April 26th at 7.30 pm Likht Ensemble have a free Holocaust Remembrance Day concert at Mazzoleni Hall.
  • April 28th at 8pm at St. Andrews on King St. Soundstreams are reprising the Vivier Lovesongs concert that was done as a stream last fall.
  • April 29th at 7.30pm at 918 Bathurst The Happenstancers have a concert featuring music by Julia Wolfe, Nahre Sol, Kaija Saariaho, Gyorgy Kurtag, Oliver Knussen, and WA Mozart.

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RCM 2022/3 sneak peak

koerner-stage-emptyThe Royal Conservatory of Music did a partial reveal of their classical and jazz programming for Koerner Hall in the 2022/3 season.  It’s a pretty typical mx; heavy on piano, strings and chamber music, but there are a few interesting classical vocal concerts.  Here are the highlights:

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April shows

orevueHere’s what’s coming up that I know about in April with some adds for the end of March.

    • 26th March 5pm – 7pm.  Opera Revue at Castro’s PWYC.  Expect a completely Weill performance.
    • 27th March 2.30pm.  Voicebox are doing Timothy Sullivan’s Florence: The Lady with the Lamp in concert at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts.  Lauren Pearl sings the title role.

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Amplified Opera’s shows this week

I am really intrigued by how Amplified Opera’s shows this week at the Museum of Contemporary Art are going to work and so I spoke to both Marion Newman and Topher Mokrzewski about them and what the audience might expect.  Despite several hours on the phone I’m still not sure I know and that’s probably a good thing.  It’s pretty fluid and experimental and I don’t think we’ll know exactly what we are getting until we get it.  I do know that we can expect music and talk and discussion with the audience around the themes being explored in each half of the double header.

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Leaping (or not) ahead to March

gloriaThere’s not exactly a flood of events in my calendar for march yet but there are a few.  Running March 1st to 20th at Crow’s Theatre is Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ satirical play Gloria about a Manhattan magazine staff seeking fame and glory as the internet turns the industry upside down.  It’s not an opera but it’s directed by the very talented André Sills which is reason enough for me.

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