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Volume 12 - Issue 7 - April 2007

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28WWW.THEWHOLENOTE.COMAPRIL 1 - MAY 7 2007Focus on OPERAcontinued from page 27famous work is Franz Lehar's Die Alwyn Mellor islustige Witwe (The Merry Widow). Elektra's sisterThe story ofa young ne'er-do- wellwho woos a wealthy widow to savethe bankrupt mini-state has becomea staple of opera houses aroundthe world. The Toronto OperettaTheatre production stars ElizabethBeeler, Giselle Fredette and SeanWatson and is directed by TOTArtistic Director Guillermo Silva­Marin. Kevin Mallon, best knownas the leader of the Aradia Ensemble,is the conductor. The buoyantshow runs April 22-29. Seewww. torontooperettatheatre. com.Chrysothemis, DanielSutin is Elektra'sbrother Orest andJohn Mac Masterand Alan Woodrowwill share the role ofAegisth. RichardBradshaw will conductthe COC orchestrawho for thefirst time will playthe work with thefull complement of106 that Strauss demands."Elektra"1909 Elektra. Music theatre at the runs April 21-Maystart of the 20th century was not 19 at the Four Seaallchampagne and roses. Richard sons Centre. SeeStrauss's scandal-provoking opera w w w . co c . ca.Salome appeared in the same yearas The Merry Widow. Strauss fol- 1920 Die tote Stadt.lowed up this work with the musi- Concluding Opera incally more dissonant Elektra, in Concert's 33rd seawhichthe "merry widow" QueenKlytlimnestra and her lover Aegisthbecome victims of the queen'sdaughter Elektra and her brotherson is Die tote Stadt(The Dead City) byErich Korngold,best known for theOrest bent on revenge for her murderof her husband Agamemnon.Assuming the title role is SusanBullock, who recently wowed audiencesas Briinnhilde in the COC'sRing Cycle. Renowned contraltoEwa Podles, the COC's recent Tancredi,returns as Klytamnestra.lain Scott presents a5 Summer-afternoons Courseat St. Michael's CollegeUniversity of Torontoin association withClassical Pursuits.July 16-20, 3-5 pm each day.0"Opera and the Almighty"intriguing aspects of religion in opera);;;;>- "The Power of Prayer in Opera"> "By Zeus! - Other peoples' Gods">"The 10 Deadly Sins in Opera".);;;;>-"God's on our side! - Paths of Glory");;;;>- "Operatic] udgement Day -Heavenly forgiveness or Hell?"film scores he composedin Hollywood after fleeingEurope before World War II. InBruges, the city of the title, Paulis torn between grief for his deadwife Marie and attraction to the vivaciousMariette. The struggle betweenan obsession with death anda turning towards life is played outin a series of dreams and visions.The performance on April 1, sungin German with English surtitles,stars Joni Henson and Peter Barrett,recent graduates of the COCEnsemble, with Robin Wheeler asmusic director and pianist. Seewww.operinconcert.com.2007 Hamlet. Those interested inglimpsing the new directions of operain the 21st century have twoopportunities in April. At the IngaJarrett Memorial Concert on April7 at the Jubilee United Church, 40Underhill Drive, alongside worksby Mozart, Bellini, Tchaikovskyand Beethoven will be the worldpremiere of arias from Hamlet, anew opera written by Toronto composerMark Richards. The singers,all from the University ofToronto Opera Division, are sopranoMeghan Fleet as Ophelia andGertrude, tenor Michael Ciufo asHamlet and baritone Vasil Garvanlievas Claudius the King and Ho-COC s Elektra heralds the return of SusanBullock, seen here as Briinnhilde in theCanadian Opera Company s production ofDie Waiki.ire, 2006. Frances Ginzer, whoshared the Briinnhilde role, also returns, asOpera Ontario s Tosca.ratio. Eka Shanshiashvili is the pianist.For tickets phone 416-444-8839. A second performance willoccur in Stratford on April 14.2007 Trudeau. In Toronto onApril 14, audiences will get a sneakpeek of Trudeau: Long MarchiShining Path, the latest opera byD. D. Jackson and librettist GeorgeElliott Clarke set to premiere laterthis year. The staged recital directedby Graham Cozzubo promisesa "meditation on the multiculturalTrudeau ... who broke bread withMao Zedong, shouted 'Viva, Castro!'and lived out the multiculturaldream he loved". Seewww.harbourfrontcentre.com/nws.As if this were not enough, OperaLyra presents Verdi's Otelia March31-April 7 in Ottawa, Opera LiricaItaliana continues its maidenseason with Mozart's Don GiovanniApril 15, and May begins withthe COC's La Traviata May 4-26and Opera Ontario's Tosca May3-13. It's hard to imagine a widerrange of choices for the "CreateYour Own Opera Festival" thatApril has become.©Christopher Hoile

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