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Volume 4 Issue 3 - November 1998

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II !' ' •qs DE F"? 7 •qs I8J Notes and Listings for November and early December .1998 · . "MUSIC•THEATRE MUSIC•THEATRE MUSIC•THEATRE SPOTLIGHT 'ON· BIT BUILDING BY BIT . .. • · Zebra SchvungK Faithful followers of this little magazine have commented recently how these "Music1heatre" listings, are, at last, starring to ·acquire the some of the range and diversity of their "Comprehensive Concen listing" cousins. We're not I I there yet, that's for sure. But at least symbolically we have made it from "A" to "Z", this month. "A" is for Opera Anonymous, whose production of Wuthering Heights we discussed in Concert Notes, page 9. "Z" is for "Zebra SchvungK, whose run of "Dymphna" commences at the Music Gallery T.O.T. & O.I.CI: NO,t peas jn a pod BY FRANCIS DOMINGUE Nestled within in Toronto's music theatre community, there are two companies that seem to invite comparison: Opera in Concert and Toronto Operetta Theatre.· After all, 'they do share office space, as well as the inestimable serVices of Guillermo Silva-Marin (General Director for Opera in Concert, and the Artistic Director with Toronto Operetta Theatre.) And each can boast an enviable longevity--~5 - years for T.O.T. and a staggering 25 for O.I.C. But as Mr. Silva-Marin is quick to point out, the easy comparison blurs a much more interesting distinctiveness. Rather than peas in a pod, the companies are as strikingly different as they are parallel. Each company has its own board of directors. Each has a distinct mandate. Each occupies a unique and almost uncontested niche in the Toronto and Canadian music communities. Toronto Operetta Theatre is perhaps the only professional company in Canada ,which exclusively produces operetta. They are able to, mou~t four productions each season and a Traditional New Years Eve Gala. And their repertoire extends far beyond the standard Gilbert and Sullivan or Viennese operetta, even though they offer these as well. This season, in February 1999, they will continue their series Zarzuelas de Espana with fA Verbena de Ia Paloma by Tomas Breton. This will be the first time they have presented a full zarzuela as opposed to an evening of excepts as in past seasons. Guillenno Silva Marin ;;,.j('j,''M~rya Besaraba in TOT's 1995 production of Die Fledermaus. Another highlight this se~son will be the presentation of Die Fledermaus, by Johann Strauss, Jr to commemorate the 100th , anniversary· of the death of the composer. There will be a total of eight performances between December 23rd to January 5th. Opera in Concert's mandate, on the other hand, is to present some of the more unusual works from the operatic canon.-They will open the 1998/99 season with Gaetano Donizetti's linda Di Chamounix, a bel canto opera from the composer of Lucia di IAmmennoor and fA Fille ·du Regiment, Nov~mber 7 and 8 at the Jane Mallet Theatre. linda Di Chamounix, along with Jules Massenet's Thais, tobe performed by OIC in January of 1999, are almost never staged today and offer Toronto audiences a opportunity to sample these rarities. O.I.C. is one of three professional , companies in North America, and the only one in Canada, which perform operas exclusively in concert versions (the other two are in New York and Washington D.C.). The fact that O.I.C. will be celebrating its twenty-fifth season this year js a testament to tile need for such a company in our musical landscape. In fact, the guest list for their anniversary Gala Concert, on December 5 at the Jane Mallet Theatre reads iike a virtual "who's who" of Canadian opera. November21. ~----------------------------------------------------------~----~ . Hildegard von .Bingen: Ordo (>(>(> Just off Centre Etobicoke Musical Virtutum. Fully staged Help us keep these listings Productio,ns. Little Shop of Productions. A Chorus Line. production of SO-minute music Horrors. Book & lyrics by growing. The rules are simple. Music by Marvin Hamlisch. drama, performed w-ithout Howard Ashman; musicby Your performance must be open Book by James Kirkwood and intermission. Cast of 22, Alan Menken. To November 1: to the public. Af!d you must fax Nicholas Dante. Lyrisc by including 9 singers, 4 City Playhouse, 1000 New Edward Klevan. November 20, instrumentalists & actors. .us . the information by the . Westminster Dr. Thornhill. 21, 22, 21, 28, 29; December N·ovember 15: 7:30. George 905-709-4057.,. fifteenth of the month for 'the 4, 5. Evenings 8pm, Sunday Weston Recital Hall, 5040 Livent. Smokey Joe's Cafe. month following. Make our day! matineees, 2pm. Yonge St. 872-2222. to Celebrating the top 40 hits of \ Burnhamthorpe Auditorium, . the '50s & '60s ~ l:imited Highway 427 and J.H.S. Opera Association. engagE)ment. Ford Centre for Listings Burnhamthorpe Road. (41 6) Puccini: II Trittico: Suor the Performing Arts, 5040 NOVEMBER 1998 248-0410.. Angelica, Gianni Schicchi & II Yonge St. 872-2222. to Feast of Fools. Cabaret of Tabarro. Cast of 15 singers; . AT & T Centre for the Fools. Robert Gorican, creative team: Jose Mirvish Productions. Fame. Performing Arts. Phah.tom of· producer. November 6 & 7: Hernandez, Len~rd Whiting, Ed The musical. November 9 to the Opera. Music by Andrew 8:00. Village Playhouse Studio Franko & Richard Davidson. December 19. 872-1212. Lloyd Webber; Harold Prince, Theatre, 2190 Bloor St. West. November 27 & 28: 7:00. .50 to .50. director . . Unlimited run. 231-3131. 0 .. Bishop Marrocco Auditorium, Mirvish Productions. Les Pantages Theatre, 244 Ford Centre for the 1515 Bloor St. West. 614- Miserables. Starring Colm Victoria. 872-2222. .50 to Performing Arts. Sequentia. 1070.. ~ Wilkinson. Tuesday- Saturday: ONLY COMPREHENSIVE MONTHLY CLASSICAL CONTEMPORARY CONCERT LISTING SOURCE

8:00; Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday: 2:00. To January 2, 1999. Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King St. West. 872-1212.to . 000 Mooredale Concerts. Purcell: Dido & Aeneas. Semistaged performance. Nina Scott-Stoddart & Tracy Smith, singers; Arbor Oak Trio; Calvin Consort of singers; Sanya Eng, harp; Elaine Biagi Turner, director. November 28: 8:00 at Willowdale United Church, 349 Kenneth Ave; November 29: 3:00 at Walter Hall, 80 Queen's Park. 922-3714. ,. 000 Music Theatre Mississauga. Annie Get Your Gun. Book by Herbert & Dorothy Fields; , music & lyrics by Irving Berlin. November 20, 21 , 26, 27 & ZS: 8:00; November 22: 2:00. Meadowvale Theatre, 631 5 Montevideo Road. 905-821 - 0099. to . 000 Opera· Anonymous. Wuthering Heights. Opera by Carlisle Floyd based on Emily Bronte's novel. In concert. Adele Kozak, Steven Pitkanen, Keith Boldt & Gisele Kulak, performers; William Shookhoff, piano; O.A. Chorale; Peter Bishop·, conductor. November 14: 8:00. Glenn 'Gould Studio, 250 Front St. West. 205- 5555.,, 000 Opera Atelier. Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro. T afelmusik Baroque Orchestra; Andrew Parrott, conductor. Nov'ember 1,: 3:00. Royal Alexandra Theatre, 260 King West. 872- 1212. .50to .50 (student/senior discounts). ' 000 Opera Hamilton. Rossini: L 'ltaliana in Algeri. Sl,lng in Italian with English supertitles. Daniele LeBlanc, Benjamin Butterfield, Natalie Paulin, < Jarries Butler, Allyson McHardy & others, performers; Janos Acs, conductor; Richard Rose, dir.ector. November 21, 26 & 28, 8:00: Great Hall, Hamilton Place. 905-526-6556. to ; group rates. December 4,' 8:00: Centre In The Square, 101 Queen St. North, Kitchener. 519-578-1570. to . 000 Opera in Concert. Donizetti: Linda di Chamounix . . Sung in Italian. ·Leslie Fagan, Kinga Mitrowska & others, performers; Raisa Nakhmanovich, music director; Opera in Concert Chorus; Robert Cooper, conductor; Guillermo Silva-Marin, general director. November 7: 8:00; November 8: 2:00. 45 minutes prior to each performance: · Backgrounder - a brief presentation about the opera & composer with host lain Scott. Jane Mallett Theatre, 27 Front . St. East. 366-7723. ,; group rates. 000 Opera in Concert. 25th Anniversary Gala Concert. Many illustrious performers; Opera in Concert Chorus; Robert Cooper, 'conductor. December 5: 8:00. Jane Mallett Theatre, 27 Front St. ·East. 366-7723.. 000 Opera Mississauga. Mozart: Cosi Fan Tutte. Robin Phillips, director; Dwight Bennett, conductor. November 14, 17, 19 & 21: 8:00. Hammerson Hall, 4141 Living Arts Drive, Mississauga. 905-306-6000. 5 (gala); to . 000 Opera York. Donizetti: Don Pasquale. In Italian. Joel Katz, Brian Duyn, Sharla Nafziger, Steven Pitkanen & Douglas Tranquada, performers; William Shookhoff, artistic director, November 6 & 7: 8:00. Vaughan City Playhouse, 1000 New Westminster Dr. 416- 469-0086. to ; group rates. 000 Scarborough Music Theatre. Man of La Mancha. Written by Dale Wasserman; music by Mitch Leigh; lyrics by Joe Darion. November 5-7 & 12- 14: 8:00; November 1 & 8: 2:00. Scarborough Village Theatre, 3600 Kingston Road. 396-4049. ,. 000 Smile Theatre. in Flanders Fields.· Musical for seniors based on John McCrae's poem. November 9: 1 :00 .. Parkdale Collegiate Institute, 209 Jameson Ave. 392-7919. Free. 000 Organ Alternatives. Telling Tayles: The Proud Angel. Children's story by Mary Sylvia Winter; professional cast of 6; original organ rr.·usical score. For families with children aged 6 & up. In support of neighbourhood literacy. December 5: 2:00. St. James' Cathedral, 65 Church St. 360- 8480. ,. 000 Royal City Musical Productions. Oliver. Book, music & lyrics by Lionel Bart; Dennis Johnson, director; Alison Vicary, musical director. November 19, 20 & 21: 8:00; November 21 & 22: 2:00. River Rul) Cen'tre, 35 Woolwich St. Guelph. 519- 763-3000. ,. 000 Shaw Festival. A Foggy Day. Words &- music by Continued, page 24 UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO FACULTY OF MUSIC Opera Division presents · Four performances only of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's ~ ETOBICOKE MUSICAL PRODUCTIONS . .JJ5' · proudly presents imii§1tH£tM A CHORUS LinE Music by Marvin Hamlisch • Book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Danfc Lyrics by Edward Klevan THE THREEPENNY OPERA Michael Evans, conductor Maria Lamont, director November 18, 19, 20 & 21, 1998, at 8:00p.m. MacMillan Theatre Tickets /15 Box Office: 416-978-3744 PERFORMANCE DATES: November 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, December 4, 5, 1998 • I Evenings: 8:00 p.m . Sunday Matinees: 2:00 p.m. All Tickets ·00 Groups of 10 or more ·00 II 416-248-0410 Burnhamthorpe Auditorium Hwy 427 and Burnhamthor'pe Next Show: Kiss Me Kate- April1999 TORONTO'S ONLY COMPREHENSIVE MONTHLY CLASSICAL & CONTEMPORARY CONCERT LISTING SOURCE

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