Oddly enough, what Toronto Operetta Theatre does best is operetta and the production of Romberg’s The Student Prince that opened yesterday afternoon is a pretty good example of why. I suppose, technically, that it’s a Broadway musical but everything about it, down to the humour and sentimentality seems Teutonic enough. Anyway, there’s a solid trio in the lead roles, the key back ups are thoroughly professional and the minor roles and chorus are filled out by talented and enthusiastic young singers. The band is big enough to cover all the colours of the score and the staging is appropriate and not overly ambitious. The piece gets to do its tuneful, rather bittersweet thing.
Subscriptions are now on sale for Toronto Operetta Theatre. The line up has changed from the original spring announcement. There are still three shows but the run of Candide previously announced has been replaced with a single concert performance, with piano accompaniment of Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore. It’s at 3pm on November 1st. The main attraction (pun absolutely intended) is probably Greg Finney as Sir Joseph Porter KCB. There’s also Charlotte Knight as Josephine.
Once again Toronto Operetta Theatre will stage three shows with a typical mix of an English language piece, a classic European work and a zarzuela. First up is Bernstein’s Candide which will run October 23rd to 25th. The holiday show will be Romberg’s The Student Prince with five performances from December 27th to January 3rd. The final offering will be Jacinto Guerrero’s Los Gavilanes with four performances from April 27th to May 1st. All shows wil be at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts. No details on casting yet.