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Volume 12 - Issue 5 - February 2007

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On OPERAAllen and Daniil

On OPERAAllen and Daniil Shtcida.Rossini's TheBarber of Seville (Aprby Christopher Hoile 16-May 23, 2008)As might be expected, the Canaleavensthe mood andintroduces Canadiandian Opera Company's first-everaudiences to RussianRing Cycle featured on the 2006baritone Rodion Pogtopten list.s of all the major To-ossov as Figaro. Theronto papers. Unexpectedly, itseason closes with afeatured on New York Times mu-revival of Debussy'ssic critic Anthony Tommasini's listPelleas et -Melisandeof the seven highlights in classical(May 6-24)with Rusmusicin 2006. He mentioned "twosell Braun, Isabellenotable new productions" of Wag-Bayrakdarian andner's Ring, one in Bayreuth,Pavlo Hunka. The"Then, in September, the Canadi-COC Ensemble Studioan Opera Company, in Torontoproduction, usuallyoffered an imaginative productionseen in December,with each opera staged by a dif- will occur June 16-22,ferent director, conducted vibrant-2008. It is a doubleIy by Richard Bradshaw. Bu't thebill of Stravinsky'sbi·g news there was the company'sRenard and Don Giosplendidnew home, an inviting, coc General Director Richard vanni not by Mozart but byslet:k and intimate house that seats Bradshaw takes shelter from a shower his contemporary Giuseppejust 2,000." It's nice to know we of praise. Gazzaniga. Gazzaniga's appearedare ndt the only ones who . value The season opens with a rev iv- in 1787, the same year as Moourachievements. al of Mozart's The Marriage of Fi- zart's, but almost nine months ear-COC General Director Richard garo (Oct 2-Nov 2, 2007), last lier;Bradshaw was showered with hon- seen at the Elgin Theatre in 1993, Under General Director Davidours praise. The Globe and Mail this time starring Robert Gleadow, Speers, Opera Ontario opens itsnamed him its "Arts Person of the Russell Braun, and Ying Huang 2007-08 season with Mozart's TheYear" and a "Globe Nation Build- alternating with Isabel Bay_rakdari- Magic Flute, with Sha~non . Merer"as well. On January 25, the an. Next is the original French, cer as Pamina, running October 18Canadian Public.Relations Society five-act version of Verdi's Don and 20. Next is Popera: Margi­Dobson as Albert. The seasonconcludes with Puccini's MadamaButterfly with Ai-Lan Zhu in thetitle role and Roger Honeywell as-Pinkerton on April . 24 and 26. 'Only Jhe Hamilton dates are listedabove as the Kitchener dates 'arenot yet set.Opera Atelier's production ofMozart's The Magic Flute (Nov 17-26, 2006) played to 101 3 fullhouses - even with tw,o added performances,the Elgin was filled tostanding room only . . For February2007 the company has beeninvited back to Seoul, South Korea,where it first performed in2003. This time it will take itsdouble bill of Purcell's Dido andAeneas and Charpentier's Acteonto the Seoul Arts Centre February8-10, starring Monica Whicher,Curtis Sullivan, Carla Huhtanen,and Stephanie Novacek.Back at home, Torontonianshave much to enjoy. At theCOC Shostakovich's Lady Macbethof Mtsenk (last staged here in1988) continues to February 18 in .repertory with Gounod's Faust (laststaged here in 1985) from February1-24. Soulpepper's first musical,Brecht and Weill's The ThreepennyOpera, directed by T.imAlbery, continues to March IO.Those with a taste for raritiesshould note that Toronto Operet-.ia Theatre will pr~sent the Canadianpremiere of Imre Kalman' s·early work Gypsy Violins (DerZigeunerprimas, 1912) Februaryhonoured Bradshaw as "CEO of Carlos (Oct 12-Nov 3, 2007) star- son and Company starring RichtheYear", awarded for the first ring Adrianne Pieczonka and ard Margison on November 22 andtime to the head of a performing Mikhail Agafonov and directed by 24. 2008 continues Opera Onartscompany· On January 16, John Caird. Winter begins with tario's French opera series with theBradshaw unveiled an expanded Puccini's Tosca (Jan 26-Feb 23, company premiere of Massenet'sseason for the COC with seven 2008) with Eszter Siimegi, l'y1ikhail Werther on February 7 and 9 withmainstage operas. As Bradshaw Agafonov and Alan Opie. The Kimberly Barber and Alexander 16-18.said, "Our commitment to adven- Janacek cycle continues with From ,.,,,,,...,,.....,,,=-==::-:~=--==-==--=;;--:;;;;;;~Uii.-;;...,;riila turous programming and the qua!- the House of the Dead (Feb 2-22,ity of our orchestra, chorus and 2008) with Robert Kiinzli, Robert .ensemble have garnered intemation- Pomakov and Pavlo Hunka. Theal attention. With this season we spring season opens with Tchaikhopeto build on our reputation for . ovsky's Eugene Onegin (Apr 2-excellence."30) with .Brett Polegatd, GiselleHELLO DOLLY! 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A passionate lecturerand teacher,Ivars has been aguest at the Universitede Sherbrooke inQuebec, Universityof Western Ontario,and University ofAlberta. He is directorof the vocal/choral programme atthe annual TafelinusikBaroque Sum­mer Institute, directs the early music ensembles at the University ofToronto, and will conduct a Respighi opera at the Glenn GouldSchool in the spring.Charlotte Nediger (Tafelmusik harpsichordist & Ivars' _wife):"When Ivars comes out with a particularly outlandish metaphor midrehearsal,heads often turn my way, to which I can only respondwith a shrug .....I take neither credit nor blame for the images thatbounce around his head. I've noticed, however, that if I borrowfrom .his lexicon and ask my students to play a grand opening chordlike 'a big hippo splosh,' they always get it right." (Some favourite"Ivarisms": like a sleeping cat - do a plie on that note - like littlecupids in armour - like two fat porridge bubbles ...).Upcoming: Tafelmusik's Chariots of Fire (Phaeton and the .biblicalElijah - who both drove chariots of fire across the sky, withmusic by Lully, Telemann, Bach and Buxtehude), in February, andthe Handel oratorio Solomon, in May.WE ARE All Music's CHILDRENby Brian BlainFebruary's Child ...."Think like a rocket scientist!"'photo taken in Littleborough (Lancashire,England) 1953,Identify this mentor of.countless singingcupids for a chance to win tickets or arecording!Think you might know who February'schild is?Send your best guess ,(Winners Will be selected by randomdraw among correct entries received byFebruary 15'h, 2007.)December's Holiday Prize wasTafelmusik's Sing-Along Messiah."The deafening roar that went up through' Massey Hall as HerrHandel himself strode in felt like a rock concert for Baroque folk.The soloists sang exquisitely-breath-takingly-and at the same time,clearly thoroughly enjoyed the silliness as it occurred ... " Kate Hays"/found the level of the singing audience to be quite good - no wonder- some have been attending this event for the whole 20 years! "Susan SpierDecember's Child was ...IVARS TAURINSAs a young child, listening to my parems' recordings of Harry Belafollte,Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett or Barbra Streisand, I wascaptivated by the way these singers could express not only the textthey were singing, but the meaning and emotion behind individualwords. Later, in my teens, I had the same experience listening to'Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Elly Ameling; or Robert Tear. Still later,I discovered that the technical term for this magic is "worapainting." ... creating -sounds that could at once soothe or tear one's soulapart.Founding director of the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir, IV ARS TAU~RINS was also violist of the Tafelmusik Orchestra for 23 years.Principal Baroque 'Conductor of the. Calgary Philharmonic Orchestrasince 2001, I vars appears as guest director with orchestras and choirs ·across the country.'ACADEMY CONCERT SERIES 32ACROBAT MUSIC 66ALDEBURGll CONNECTION 32ALICIER ARTS 29AMADEUS CHOIR 36AMICI CHAMBER ENSEMBLE' 39ANALEKTA 69AsSoclATES OF THE TSO 27, 43A TM(\ CLASSIQUE 4, 69A VIV STRING QUARTET 48BA'cH CJJJLDREN's CHORUS _41BACH CONSORT 35BATA SHOE MUSEUM 27BRAVO 70CAMMAC8CANADIAN Music CENTRE l'I, 18CANCLONE SERVICES 67CATHEDRAL BLUFFS SYMPHONYORCHESTRA 26, 41CHATAUQUA Music ·FESTIVAL 8CHOIRS ONTARIO 57CHRIST CHURCH DEER PARKJAZZ VESPERS 21Civic L1GHT OPERA 22CLARKSON COMMUNITY~ CONCERTS 32'CLASSIC VOICE INSTRUCTION 55CONTINUUM CONTEMPORARYMusic 42CosMo Music 19DEER PARK CONCERTS 25DENISE WILLIAMS 29ELMER ISELER SINGERS 11ESPRIT ORCHESTRA 2- EXULT ATE CHAMBER SINGERS~ 38FRANK WELSMAN:CANADIAN CONDUCTOR 60FRIDAYS @ 8 35GEORGE HEINL 14HANNAFORD STREET' SILVER BAND 39, 43HARKNETT MUSICAL SERVICES ·19HELICONIAN CLUB 59HILTON HOTEL(TUNDRA RESTAURANT) 69HuMBERCREST UNITED CHURCH 35HYMN SOCIETY,SOUTHERN ONT. CHAPTER 53KITCHENER-WATERLOOCHAMBER ORCHESTRA 48KITCHENER-WATERLOOSYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 45Recent recordings include Tafelmusik's Chants Sacres et Pro­, _ Janes (2003) and J.S. Bdch: Motets (2000), both with CBCRecords. The Tafelmusik Ghoir is also featured on an upcomingindex of advertisersKOFFLER SCHOOL OF Music 34LA JEUNESSE NoRTHUMBER~ANDYOUTH CHOIR 15LAURA ADLERS 55LINDEN LEAF PRESENTS 26LOCKRIDGE H1F1 63LoNG & McQUADE 52MARKHAM THEATRE 7MIKROKOSMOS 61CD of the choir's 25'h Anniversary Concert "Choral Spectacular"also with CBC Records.CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNERS!Offered the early bird prize? Unable to attend? Your name was _re-entered i11 the draw. · 'TICKETS!Joanne Schott, Nancy Martin, and their valentines will attendTafelmusik_'s upcoming Chariots of Fire (Feb.14, 7pm)RECORDINGS! .Brian Scholz, Linda Boyko, Judith Haynal and Wendy Simonewill receive J.S. Bach: Motets.Know someone whose photograph should appear on this page?Suggestions:•MISSISSAUGA SYMPHONY 28MooREDALE CoNcERTs 37MUSIC AT ASCENSION 28Music AT METROPOLITAN 40Mu_s1c AT ST, MARK's 28Music AT T1MOTHY's 31Music_ GALLERY 6MusJCToRoNT09, 25, 27, 34, 44, 54MUSICIANS IN ORDINARY 41NAXOS OF CANADA 68NEw Music CONCERTS 20, 30, 31NORTH TORONTO PLAYERS 36OAKVILLE CHILDREN'S CHOIR 37, 55OFF CENTRE Music SALON 38ONSTAGE AT GLENN GOULD 3OPERA BY REQUEST 40, 55OPERA YORK 6OPERA-IS 11ORCHESTRA TORONTO 33ORIANA WOMEN'S CHOIR 41OSHAWA-DURHAMSYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 40PASQUALE BROS. 59PATRICIA PARR 54PETER MAHON 18PIANO & KEYBOARD CENTRE 19RCM COMMUNITY SCHOOL 57RCM GLENN GOULD SCHOOL 25REMENYI HousE OF Music 71RENAISSANCE SINGERS 48ROBERT LowREY'sPIANO EXPERTS 5S1NE NoMINE 31SINFONIA TORONTO 6SINGING OUT! 42SOUND PoST 15SOUNDSTREAMS CANADA 34SYRINX CONCERTS 43TAFELMUSIK 16, 30TALISKER PLAYERS 38TALLIS CHOIR 37THE SINGING CHEF 55TORONTO ALL-STAR BIG BAND 36TORONTO - CONSORT 36TORONTO LATVIANCoNCERT Assoc1ATION 32TORONTO MENDELSSOJIN CJIOIR 44TORONTO OrERA REPERTOIRE 22TORONTO 0PERETIA THEATRE 31TORONTO SINFONIETI A 52TORONTO SUMMER MusicACADEMY & FESTIVAL 53TORONTO SYMPHONYORCHESTRA 72TORONTO YournWIND 0RCllESTRA 33TRYPTYCH 17U OFT FACULTY OI' Music 24V1cTORIA Sc110LARS 42VLADIMIR DOUNIN 28VOCAL ART FORUM 53WELLINGTON WINDS 47WOMEN'S MUSICAL CLUB 27WORLDS Of Music 54FEBRUARY 1 - MARCH 7 2007WWW.THEWHOLENOTE._COM

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