Well there wasn’t actually an open fire at Koerner Hall last night, though one would have been very welcome on a very cold Toronto evening, but there were plenty of old chestnuts at the Great Songs of Italy concert given by the Ontario Philharmonic Orchestra under Marco Parisotto with tenor soloist Richard Margison. The concert consisted of a mixture of opera extracts; vocal and instrumental, a couple of Neapolitan songs and Tchaikovsky’s Capriccio Italien. It was a bit like eating one of those giant Toblerone bars all at once but I don’t suppose anyone really expected it to be any different and the audience for the most part loved it.
The Ontario Philharmonic and Richard Margison are doing a show of Italian opera “greatest hits”. There are two shows; December 10th at Koerner Hall and the Regent Theatre, Oshawa on December 7th. Full details.
Up in Montreal a new outfit, Stu and Jess Productions, are doing Menotti’s The Medium with a cast drawn from current McGill graduate students. That runs from November 7th to 9th in a converted church in Verdun. Full details
Last, but not least, the Glenn Gould School annual production at Koerner Hall has been announced. It’s The Cunning Little Vixen by Janáček and it plays at Koerner Hall on March 19th and 21st. I’m interested to see how they handle the dance elements. More details.