So the cat’s out of the bag. The long awaited where, when and who of Against the Grain’s Toronto run of A Little Too Cozy have been revealed. A Little Too Cozyis the third and final instalment in a trilogy of Mozart “transladaptations” developed by AtG,which place the works in appropriate, non traditional opera, venues and which use English language librettos by Joel Ivany bringing the stories into a contemporary context. The first two instalments; Figaro’s Wedding and #UncleJohn, sold out their Toronto runs.
The line up for the annual Messiah fest is becoming clearer. Traditional heavyweights, the Toronto Symphony and Tafelmusik go head to head. The Symphony’s line up of soloists is Klara Ek, soprano; Lawrence Zazzo, countertenor (which may not please the traditionalists or the mezzo fanatics); John Tessier, tenor and John Relyea, bass-baritone. The chorus is the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and Christopher Warren-Green conducts. Dates are the 17th, 18th, 20th, 21st and 22nd December at Roy Thomson Hall. Tafelmusik field Dame Emma Kirkby, soprano (buy now while stocks last?); Laura Pudwell, mezzo-soprano; Colin Balzer, tenor and Tyler Duncan, baritone. Ivars Taurin conducts. Performances are 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st December at Koerner Hall. On the 22nd Tafelmusik also have their traditional singalong Messiah at Massey Hall. Continue reading →