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Volume 13 - Issue 1 - September 2007

THEROYALCONSERVATORY

THEROYALCONSERVATORY OFMUSICCONCERT SEASONGreat Artist SeriesAN EVENING IN BOHEMIAThe Madawaska String QuartetSarah Fraser Raff violin, Rebecca van der Post violin,Anna Redekop viola, Amy Laing celloWith special guest: Leslie Kinton pianoProgram to include:DVORAK Piano Quintet in A MajorJANECEK String Quartet No. 1DVORAK excerpts from CypressesFRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 8 PMRCM Concert Hall (90 Croatia Street) adults, students & seniors416.408.2824, ext. 321www.rcmusic.ca/concertsRoyal Conservatory OrchestraDANCE AND ROMANCEUri Mayer conductorProgram to include:KODALY Dances from GalantaDEBUSSY NocturnesPROKOFIEV Romeo and Juliet (excerpts fromSuites I & II)FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19, 8PMToronto Centre for The Arts (5040 Yonge Street) adults, students & seniors416.872.1111I • I Ca~adianPatrim.oine, kerrtaqe canadienIRBCFinancial.Group•••• RICHARD BRADSHAW REVISITED: A REPRINTto see with his ears. Oedipus Rex was such a crazy piece to stage.Once I made my commitment to Fram,:ois, and we got through thedesign stage, he needed my support.'While Bradshaw eagerly offers productions with non-traditionalsets and adventurous stagings - the imaginatively beautifulRigoletto from 1992 comes to my mind - he avoids the controversialexcesses of European regietheaterdirectors like Peter Konwitschnyand the notorious Calixto Beito. He even cheerfully admits to booing'very loudly' at a recent performance of Don Carlos in Vienna,where part of the action took place in the washrooms and foyers ofthe Staatsoper.'I'm skeptical of concept-driven opera. If it works, that'sgreat. But the trend of directors reinterpreting an opera by saying,"What is my concept?" and then, come hell or high water, making itwork, is regrettable. We had a production here once which was soillogical that the stage director was trying to change the supertitles sothat they did not say what was being sung.''I think the important thing for a director is to listen to themusic, and then work from that. I remember an image in Erwartung,for example, when the dead body very slowly rolled, rolled, rolledinto the pool of blood which had been created by the previous opera,Bluebeard's Castle. The director, Robert Lepage, had come intorehearsal not knowing what he was going to do in that section, and heasked me to play the music again. We played it three times - there isno singing and no text, and almost nothing happens but a reiteratedphrase. The idea of that body rolling came right out of the music.''I'm thinking, as we go in to II Trovatore, that in any operaticproduction, although you are dealing with big myths and passions,you're also bringing the unconscious to conciousness. You have toallow the music to point the way, rather than imposing on it a structure.'Also upcoming this month is Tancredi. Over the years Bradshawhas treated Toronto audiences to a number of Rossini comedies.'It was important to do a serious Rossini,' he says. So, althoughRossini wrote two alternative endings for Tancredi, they are doing thetragic ending. 'Tancredi is such a very strong piece dramatically, andfor me the tragic ending works.''With Rossini, you are unashamedly doing it for the voices.In the end, we're doing this as a vehicle for Ewa Podles. I think she'sone of the great artists in the world today, a singer of fantastic vocaltemerity. She takes all those risks, and she has remarkable charismawhen she's on stage'.The COC is in the remarkable position of operating with abasically sold-out house . But future planning remains difficult.'We're at last a stable company financially and that's taken a longtime. But if we are going to make commitments down the road wehave to have an idea we can pay for them. We never know if themoney's there, sometimes until too late. I hope the government keepsall its promises for us in the new house. But who knows?''To fund the arts properly is nothing. We have an opera companywhich works at an international level - we're the only companythat's been invited three times to the Edinburgh Festival, and we'rebeing invited everywhere else. I know what I'm doing elsewhere in2008 but I'm only partially sure what I'm doing here. We have plans,but I need some indication of what the federal government is reallygoing to be giving us before we make final commitments. That's ourgreatest problem.'From my conversation with Bradshaw, it's clear why theCOC ranks with the most vibrant opera companies today. He is involvedeverywhere in the company, and willing to take ultimate responsibilityfor what happens, even on stage. His vision, patience anddetermination have already paid off with the new house, and he couldeven succeed where no-one ever has, and wrangle ongoing governmentsupport. He makes you feel that if anyone can pull it off, hecan.Soon after we talked, Bradshaw emailed me, thrilled thatthey had snagged Eszter Siimegi, who sang Tosca here two seasonsago, as their Leonora. Another crisis solved.18Back to Ad IndexWWW.THEWHOLENOTE.COM SEPTE MB ER 1 - O CTOBER 7 2007

Monday, October 15 at 8 pmMetropolitan United Church56 Queen St. E., TorontoCZECH PHILHARMONICCHAMBER ORCHESTRAKerry Stratton, Conductor and Ji-Yoon Park, ViolinMichael Haydn: Violin Concerto in ABenda: Sinfonia N. 4, Vanhal: Symphony in G minorMozart: Symphony N. 29 in ATickets: ; Seniors/Students Tel: 416-366-7723 or 1- 800-708-6754In person: St. Lawrence Centre Box Office,27 Front St. E., Mon.- Sat. noon -6pmOnline: www.stlc.comInfo:416-362-1422Canadian Debut TourOct. 9 Millbrook Oct. 10 Orillia Oct. 11 KingstonOct. 12 Milton Oct. 13 Barrie Oct. 14 BellevilleThe Music Gallery presemsXSEPT. 13-16, 2007FEATU RING:AVANTPAULINE OLIVEROS &ANNE BOURNE5MM FEAT. MARC LECLAIR AKA A KU FENEUGENE CHADBOURNE & JIMMY CARL BLACKRUDRESH MAHANTHAPPA & RICH BROWNTRICHY SANKARAN'S PERCUSSION TRIORAINER WIENS' FOLLOW FOLLOWWOODEN STARSPICASTRO (CD RELEASE)MADAWASKA STRING QUARTETDAVID DANIELL'S SUNFISHCONTACT CONTEMPORARY MUSICDES CAILLOU X ET DU CARBONEADVANCE TICKETS AT WWW.TICKETWEB.CANEW MUSIC FESTI VALSECONO EDI TIONINTL Touring Productions 2007-08Nov. 15 I 16: Boston Pops Tribute, Markham I MiltonNov. 30: Deborah Overes Evening, MiltonFeb 14 I 29: Viennese Valentine, Markham I MiltonApr 26: Last Night at the Proms, Niagara Falls197 JOHN ST. ·TORONTO, ON · M5T 1X6 •WWW.MUSICGALLERY.ORGFUNDING PARTNERS,'!', --- . ··-··••• =--- ~MEDIA PARTNERSDFFICIALBRDADCASTPARTNERPRESENTING PARTNERSSEPTEMBER 1 - O CTOBER 7 2007 WWW, THEWHOLENOTLCOM 19Back to Ad Index

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