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Volume 10 Issue 1 - September 2004

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TORONTO PERA RYPERTOIRE ON OPERA ARTISTIC DIRECTOR . GIUSEPPE MACINA WILL PRESENT FOR OUR 38THSEASON IN2005 A scene from the Royal Danish Opera p;oduction of The Handmaid's Tale, 2003. OPERA I S Courses & Tours 2004-2005 with Iain Scott Sept. Opera 101 - An introduction to Italian Opera. Oct. Nov. Jan. Jan. 15-16 Feb. April June Myths and Legends in Opera Ten Top Tenors Upcoming Operas Weekend Seminar on "Siegfried" The Art of Bel Canto Virgil & Verdi 7 Opera Tour of Northern Italy www.opera-is .com 416-486-8408 Opera-lovers looking for excitement tinople starring Patricia O'Callaghan beyond Opera's Top Ten will find and Maryem Tollar. It is described 2004--05 full of riches. The season as "a moving musical, theatrical, and opens with the Canadian premiere visual exploration of the mythical and of Danish composer's Poul Ruder's the human, the temporal and the tilre­ The Handmaid's Tale playing Sep- less". At about the same time (Notember 23-0ctober 9. Based on the vember 11-14) the University of novel by Margaret Atwood, the high- Toronto Opera Division presents ly-acclaimed opera from 2000 is set an unusual double bill on the theme in a fundamentalist United States of of death. Paired with Puccini's Githe future where fertile women are anni Schicchi is a rare outing of enlisted to have children for the child- Gustav Holst's chamber opera Savitri less elite. Part of the city-wide "Su- (1908) based on a Hindu story. Also per-Danish" festival, it stars a in November Royal Opera Cananumber of former COC Ensemble da makes its first foray into the members and uses the sets and cos- Russian repertoire with a production tumes of the original Danish pro- of Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin duction. playing November 13-20 at the Liv­ On October 30 and 31 Opera in • ing Arts Centre in Mississauga and Concert presents the 1916 zarzuela November 25-December 4 at the "El Gato montes" by Manuel Perr ella Toronto Centre for the Arts. about a tragic love triangle. Novem- In December the COC continues its ber 10" 13 Tapestry New Opera exploration ofBenjamin Britten with Works presents the Toronto pre- a production of his comic opera Almiere of Christos Hatzis's Constan- bert Herring showcasing the COC PROFESSIONAL CLASSICAL SINGERS are invited to participate in an operatic recital. Maestro Vaguif Kerimov (tenor), a soloist from La Scala, Covent Garden, Metropoli- . tan Opera, announces a concert honouring his teacher, Maestro Guiseppe di Stefano, which will take place at the Glenn Gould Studio on January 28, 2005. To schedule an audition, please call 416-425- 8812, or e-mail 32 WWW. THEWHOLENOTE.COM SEPTEMBER 1 - OCTOBER 7 2004

Ensemble (November 30-December 5). For one performance only on December 5. Opera in Concert presents an all-Canadian double bill of Timothy Sullivan's Dream Play (1988) and Charles Wilson's The Sumnwning of Everyman (1972), a rare opportunity. to acquaint oneself with Canadian works from the recent past. While Hungarian composer Emmerich Kalman's Countess Mari1za (1924) is standard repertoire in Central European countries, it is seldom heard in North America. From December 26 to January 8 Toronto Operetta Theatre gives audiences a chance to enjoy one of the best Silver Age operettas ever written. The operatic event of the new year is undoubtedly the continuation of the COC's Ring Cycle with Wagner's Siegfried playing January 27- February 11, 2005. This time Francois Girard, responsible for the COC's Oedipus Rex, is the stage director. Frances Ginzer and Peteris Eglitis reprise their roles as Brunnhilde and Wotan and bass-baritone Pavlo Hunka, Hunding in "Die Walkure", returns as the evil Alberich. Christian Franz makes his COC debut in the title role. Mozart's Die Entfuhrung aus dem Semi! should not really count as a rarity, but in fact it hasn't been seen in the area since a COC production in 1980. Opera Ontario fills that lacuna with its production beginning in Kitchener on February 5 and imving to Harnilton for February 12 _ 19. Toronto audiences to the Spanish Guards that might have come from Gilbert and Sullivan. March will see many works based on myth and fairy-tale for the citywide "Metamorphosis" festival. ·March 4-12, the University Opera Division tackles its second opera by Handel with Semele (1744), directed by Tom Diamond and conducted by Tafelmusik's Jeanne Lamon. On March 9 and 10 the Toronto Symphony Orchestra presents a concert version of Stravinsky's opera Le Rossignol (1914) based on the tale by Hans Christian Andersen featuring soloists from St. Petersburg's Mariinsky Theatre. Reaching back to the 17th century, Toronto Consort presents a concert version of Luigi Rossi's Orfeo (1647) on March 11 and 12. Jn April the COC ventures into new territory with Tancredi, its first ever production of one of Rossini's serious operas. From April 1-16 audiences can thrill to vocal fireworks · from beloved Polish mezzo Ewa Podles in the title role and American soprano Laura Claycomb, who was· such an outstanding Gilda, as Tancredi 's beloved Amenaide. From April 22-30 Opera Atelier brings back its classic double bill of Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas and Marc- Antoine Charpentier's Acleon starring Colin Ainsworth, Na!halie Paulin, Laura Pudwell, Curtis Sullivan and Krisztina Szabo. The season ends with Tapery's February 18-20 the Toronto Oper- etta Theatre continues to introduce world premiere of The Shadow, an opera by Omar Daniel to a libretto by Alex Poch-Goldin in which a zarzuela with El Barberillo de Lava - pos 1Il1a!1 assumes a complex identi- . ty to win the love of a wealthy womp1es (1874) by Francisco Asenjo 1 d th rf fi · h Barbieri, a work both roma nt i c and an. t soun . s e pe ect !Ills to an . unusually vibrant season. satiric with a chorus of Walloon the Joy of Opera York Region's Professional Opera Company Bizet's Thursday November 25 1" Car-men With Andrew Tees and David Pomeroy Puccini's I a lifJhrne Under the Artistic Direction of Penelope Cookson April 2nd & 3rd, 2005 Full Pmdurtinn Markham Theatre for the Performing Arts 171 Town Centre Blvd., Markham (at Warden and Hwy 7) To order subscription tickets call: 905-763-7853 Opera York's n1ission is to provide professional opera that is accessiblejinancially. geographically and comprehensibly to the cammunities of York Region and to encourage the art form through educational and outreach activities. Please go to WWW. operayork. COm for more information al llerO The '£ IN CONCERT Edward Jackman centre 947 Queen Street East Toronto, ON M4M 119 Guillermo Silva-Marin, General Director AUDITIONS FOR THE RENOWNED Opera in Concert Chorus with Robert Cooper, Conductor· Marriage of Figaro by w. A. Mozart A fully-staged version.of this classic opera September 8, 10 & 11 at 7 pm September 12, 2 pm Walmer Centre Theatre, 188 Lowther Avenue (within Walmer Rd. Baptist Church) North of Bloor, west of Spadina; near Spadina TTC. Tickets: - Tel: 416-604-1557 SEPTEMBER 1 - OCTOBER 7 2004 E-mail: September 8, 2004 from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. Join our elite choral ensemble for the 2004-2005 Season EL GATO MONTES by Manuel Penella THE LOVE FOR THREE ORANGES by Sergei Prokofiev MARIA STUARDA by Gaetano Donizetti Please call OICC Chorus Manager Catherine Erickson 416-932-3157 or E-mail: WWW.THEWHOLENOTE.COM . 33

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