Youtube roundup

New(ish) content you might want to check out:

  • AtG’s Youtube channel has a really interesting interview with Peter Sellars and a very nice film presentation of Celia Livingston’s Penelope (after Homer’s Odyssey)
  • Toronto Operetta Theatre is also on Youtube now with excerpts from various shows from the last few years.  technical quAlity is very good.


And coming up, this year’s Mysterious Barricades event in support of World Suicide Prevention Week is on September 10th. It’s virtual this year, of course, but needed now more than ever. Details on their Facebook page


A Little Too Cozy

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 Cozy is 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.


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The one we’ve all been waiting for

unclejohnSo Toronto’s hottest indie opera company, Against the Grain Theatre, has finally announced a 14/15 season.  Not entirely unexpectedly they are bringing #UncleJohn; a transladaptation (©Lydia Perovic) of Mozart’s Don Giovanni to Toronto after it’s successful appearance in Banff this summer.  With a new English libretto by Joel Ivany, #UncleJohn will be staged at The Black Box Theatre at 1087 Queen St. West’s vintage rock venue, The Great Hall. .

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Rejoice greatly

singalongThe 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.
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