Venus and Adonis

This year’s fall opera production from the Glenn Gould School is John Blow’s 1683(?) masque Venus and Adonis.  For those not familiar with the genre the masque was a court entertainment combining music, dance, poetry and drama.  Here the framing story is the brief love affair between Venus and handsome young Adonis who is unfortunately gored to death by a boar.  The main sub plot concerns Venus giving sage advice to Cupid and his band of little cupids.  In between there are hunting choruses, dance and extracts from Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Venus & Adonis 2022 - Photo #1

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The Lessons of Love

Last night Toronto Masque Theatre presented a double bill entitled The Lessons of Love.  First up was John Blow’s 1683 masque Venus and Adonis and it was followed by the premier of The Lesson of Da Ji; a fusion of Western and traditional Chinese elements by composer Alice Ping Yee Ho and librettist Marjorie Chan.

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