Coming up

Schwanewilms_3_(c)_Javier_del_Real_WEBThere are actually some up coming concerts and so on to talk about.  The big event is, of course, the Toronto Summer Music Festival.  This starts on July 14th and it seems incredible that it’s four months since I previewed it.  There are a couple of additional TSMF events worth noting, notably an interview with Ben Heppner in Walter Hall on August 4th at 2pm.  There are also master classes including one with Anne Schwanewilms on July 19th from 2pm to 5pm, also in Walter Hall.

Summer Opera Lyric Theatre has also announced its performance line up. There are three operas on offer:

  • There is a  premiere of Davies and Benson’s A Tale of Two Cities, based on the Dickens novel.  That’s on July 29th and August 6th at 8 pm and July 31 and Aug 6th at 3 pm.
  • Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann is  on July 30th and August 7th at 3 pm and August 2nd and 4th at 8 pm.
  • Handel’s Julius Caesar is on July 30th, August 3rd and 5th at 8 pm and August 3rd at 3 pm.

All performances are at the Robert Gill Theatre, 214 College St. Three-performance subscription packages are $60; single tickets at $28, $22 (students & seniors).  For tickets call 416-366-7723 or visit

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Toronto Summer Music Festival

There’s quite a lot for the vocal music fan in this year’s Toronto Summer Music Festival though the only operatic opening is getting a bit Twilight Zone.  How often does an opera like Britten’s Rape of Lucretia get done in Toronto?  Well for now the answer is twice in quick succession because besides the MYOpera production later this month we are also getting a “semi-staged” version on July 22nd at 7.30pm at the Winter Garden Theatre.  It is a transplant from Banff originally created by Joel Ivany and Topher Mokrzewski but to be directed here by Anna Theodosakis.  The cast includes Emma Char (Lucretia), Peter Rolfe Dauz (Junius), Beste Kalender (Bianca), Jasper Leever (Collatinus), Iain MacNeil (Tarquinius), Ellen McAteer (Lucia), Owen McAusland (Male Chorus), and Chelsea Rus (Female Chorus).  That’s a pretty good cast but it does seem an odd choice.  Is the King Street streetcar contagious?


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More summer music

mbThere may not be a lot of opera per se in Hogtown during the summer but there’s a fair amount of music of interest to the likes of us.

Toronto Summer Music Festival has some interesting offerings.  The opening night concert, Americans in Paris, features Measha Brueggergosman in works by Gershwin, Bolcom and copland as well as instrumental pieces.  And pretty much closing the festival out is a Karita Mattila recital with Bryan Wagorn on piano, on August 7th in a recital that includes works by Strauss, Sibelius and Sallinen.  Details at

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TSM Festival Insiders events

Toronto Summer Music has announced details details for its Festival Insiders events starting July 23rd.  The events include film screenings, interviews, guest lectures, and masterclasses. The events take place at Walter Hall and Boyd Neel Room in the Edward Johnson Building, Faculty of Music, University of Toronto (80 Queen’s Park).  Here’s the line up:

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