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Volume 7 Issue 7 - April 2002

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AND A TOUCH OF TABLA CONTINUED FROM PAGE 21 on Dovercourt, south of Queen. The eclectic bill groups Menotti's The Telephone; Barab's La Piu.a 'con Funghi and Vaughan Williams' Riders ·to the Sea. Perennial Pirates, Rare Spectres Springtime equals G & S -- an unfailingly well-loved part of the Canadian music theatre landscape. I've personally sung in G&S (the obscure The Sorcerer); my mother was .one of the Schoolgirls in The Mikado, and I even have a photograph of my great grandmother in the cast of Pirates of Penzance - a production that took place near St. Thomas in the late 1890s. A century later, two productions of the latter show are coming up. Brampton Music Theatre goes first, at Lester B. Pearson Theatre in Brampton from April 11 to 20, and then Toronto Operetta Theatre offers up a rendition at the Jane Mallett Theatre of the St. Lawrence Centre from April 20 to 27. The far rarer Rufidigore, about a noble family doomed to haunt the ancestral home, also gets a canter this month, courtesy The Scarborough Gilbert and Sullivan Society, from April 1 ~ to 28 at David and Mlll)' Thomson Collegiate. South Asian Soiree OrERA & Music THEATRE Finally; Rasik Arts, the South Asianinspired theatre company that staged Umrao at Artword Theatre, is holding a ·musical benefit April 28 at the Medical Sciences Auditorium at 1 King's College Circle, U ofT. It features sarod master Aditya Verma and tabla players Vineet Vyas and Ravi Naimpally with TASA, an eclectic ensemble made up of John Gwwski, Ernie Tollar, Alan Hetheripgton and Chris Gartner, and blending Indian, Brazilian, Turkish am North American traditiolia! music. (So many members .------'---------.of Toronto's world music scene Really good J ood that just happens to be ~ ~ vegetarian! {!j Before your concert join us for dinner. Pay-by-weight delicious, healthy buffet to sav,e you time & money. French country kitchen atmosphere , and serene ambience. Licensed for wine and beer. Open daily. 20°/o off on your first visit with ad 655 Bay St. (enter off Elm) (416) 596-9364 44 We are a I 0-minute walk ftom many theatres. Inquire about .00 parking for dinner & show. congregated in one place at one time must be close to illegal!) The concert runs 7 to 10 p.m. (with two intermissions and Indian delicacies available during both). Tickets are , 20 and . Fqr tickets, call 416-654-9231. J Two keys to Toronto's operatic rise by Iain Scott I. OPERA IN 'CoNCERT Opera is perhaps the most multi-layered synthesis of all the arts, so can it survive the pruning of costumes, scenery, props, orchestra and much of the drama? Almost 30 years ago, a visionlll)' leader of the Toronto operatic community, triumphantly proved that it can. In 1973, Stuart Hamilton, renowned coach; impresario and quizmaster, took a considerable artistic and personal commercial risk. Recognising the limitations to the range of the operatic repertoire selected for staging on the large commercial stages, such as the Hummingbird Centre, he produced a series of lesser-known works, where singers in evening dress, with scores on music stands, accompanied by a piano, sang "in concert". The risk paid off, artistically and commercially; Toronto's marvellous "Opera in Conc~rt" was born. The years have proved how many in Toronto's operatic audiences want to expand their horizons beyond the traditional "ABC" V4kfa, BohemeandCarmen). Over the past 30 years, this city has become the envy of the operatic world for the diversity and range of operas performed here - nearly 100 lesser known operas, some familiar to many, others completely unknown. An additional benefit has been regular showcase opportunities for up-andcoming Canadian singers. Two examples: a young Ben Heppner in such works as Saint Saens' "Henry VI I I ", Flotow's "Martha" and Giordano's "Fedora"; and the then only locally known Richard Margison in Bellini's "fl Pirata "and Massenet's "Le Cid". When Stuart retired from OIC in 1994, many lesser organisations would have folded. Not this one. Stuart's friend and colleague, Guillermo Silva Marin, associated, as a tenor, with the company since its inception, took the reins. Bill Silva, as he is known to ,'lloice'd. 9Jiano £essons In your own home given by a qualified teacher -Reasonable Rates . -R&B, POP, Classical -Conservatory Grades 416-767-8779 his friends, has n6w become one of this city's busiest operatic entrepreneurs, also producing the "Toronto Operetta Theatre" and the "Summer Opera Lyric Theatre and Research Centre." Next season, OlC presents Rossini's "Semiramide" Rameau's "Castor et Pollux" and Bellini's "Beatrice di Tenda". Call 416 366 772.3. II. u OF T OPERA ScHOOL Few joys exceed, for the opera buff,. the pleasure of cat.Ching a talent on the rise - "knowing them before they Qecome famous." We have that privilege here in Toronto each year. Students in the program at "the Opera Division" are hoping for careers of glamour, travel and fame. They may have been told that the lifestyle of an opera star can be competitive, brutally tough, am often lonely' but, at this stage of their development, they are driven by burgeoning talent, brimming with fearless optimism. It's a heady mix! Twenty to 25 students, most with a music degree under their belts, come under the astute musical guidance of Professor Stephen Ralls and the expert stagecraft and dramatic direction of Michael Patrick Albano each year. Most remain at the School for 2 to 3 years, following a Vlll)'ing schedule of acting and voice lessons, and musical coaching directed at specific productions and roles. They learn the ability to project effectively in at least three languages,.sword-fighting techniques, make-up and costume drills. At least four times a year they prepare for major or partial productions on the Hum~ millgbird-sized stage of the U of T's MacMillan Theatre -- which gives what no teaching can - the experience of self-confidence on stage. ' Your next chance to experience these young sbigers will be April 26and 27 - in a feast of Noel Coward mekx/ies - caJJ4I69783744. A Maureen Snddi llf'T Music Studio AR.C.T., B. MUS. ED .• B.ED Private and Group Instruction • Piano, Voice, Guitar, Woodwinds & Brass, All Styles • Singing Classes, Performance Skills • Feldenkrais, Mitzvah & Alexander Posture and Movement Techniques •Harmony & Chords, Play by Ear • RCM Exams, Theory, CD Demos (416) 620 - 1231 · April 1 -- May 7 2002

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