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Volume 11 Issue 1 - September 2005

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ftff TOKONTO 2oos/06 1 I Ba~bk~, Bangle.~ I & Gudlermo I Founder & Gmrral Director I I J\~afioyarh I ~ahncss A celebration of Gilbert & Sullivan! Elizabeth Beeler, Robert Longo, Peter McCutcheon, Derek Bate November 6 at 2 pm Wiener tk ~-~~:' by KURT WEILL Elizabeth Beeler, Fred Love Conductor Jeffrey Huard Stage Director Guillermo Silva-Marin Feb. 17 (prev.) & 18 at 8 pm Feb. 19 at 2 pm ~-~· ~ l( ~J~ Yt\~-i ~by Wright & Forrest Peter McCutcheon, Gabrielle Prata, Elizabeth DeGrazia, Keith Savage Conducto r Derek Bate Stage Director Guillermo Silva-Marin Lightin g Des;gner Elizabeth Asselstine April 21 (prev. ), 22, 28 & 29 at 8pm April 26 & 30 at 2 pm Six subscription packages. Call 416-922-2912 for a brochure. JANE MALLETT THEATRE 416-366-7723 1-800-708-6754 30 Back to Ad Index ON OPERA A season of firsts by Christopher Haile THE 2005-06 OPERA SEASON is one of many firsts. Opera Atelier will S;lva-Mahn SANUB 0 SC 5 ARJVEBE I f present the North American premiere of Armide by Jean-Baptiste Lully. Opera Ontario will offer two performances per opera in Kitchener, for the first time. And for the first time the entire Canadian Opera Company season will be made up of the COC' s own productions, four of them new. rected by Tim Albery. A good companion piece for those attending the COC's Macbeth will be Verdi's I Masnadieri (1847) presented by Opera in Concert on October 23. IN NOVEMBER ATIENTION will focus on Opera Atelier's 20th anniversary season and the premiere of Lully's Armide (1686) on November 5. The work will please those turned on to Lully by OA's trium- THE SEASON OPENS phant Persee; one with the COC's pro- can't help but be duction of Verdi's curious, though, Macbeth (1847) Sep- how the company tember22 starring Pav- will treat the work's lo Hunka as Macbeth, contentious subject: Georgina Lukacs as Christians vs Mus- Lady Macbeth and 1 ::: tims during the Roger Honeywell as ..d ~ First Crusade. Macduff. Then on Sep- .-- :, ~ i'.i On November 1 O tember 29 the COC's l the U of T Opera new Carmen ( 1875) _"" :' 0 Division presents a opens for nine per- , ~ 1 ra'.ity in Otto Nicoformances. Mean- . ·• ::7-:· la1's The Merry while, TrypTych Steph_ame Nov

OPERA AT HOME ~ry Original ~rdi THE OFT-CASTIGATED classical recording industry is still capable of projects which are remarkable cultural events.The appropriately named Opera Rara label , in conjunction with the BBC and the Peter Moores Foundation, has orchestrated just such an event in the form of its Verdi Originals series, starting with the original, seminal 1847 version of Macbeth. It's a beauty in every sense: the performance, audio quality, thoughtful documentation in four languages, plus artwork and packaging that are a pleasure to behold and hold. Verdi expert Julian Budd's model scholarship and sheer persistence made the project happen. Between 1969 and 1983 the BBC recorded and broadcast five original versions of subsequently revised Verdi operas: Macbeth, the original French Les Vepres Siciliennes, Simon Boccanegra, La Forza del Des ti no and Don Carlos . Opera Rara's decision to issue the BBC broadcasts as CDs fits its mandate as a nonprofit organization dedicated to reviving nineteenth century opera composers and repertoire (especially bet canto) that have unjustly fallen into obscurity. Don't confuse nonprofit with modest, though. When I opened the resplendent musical care package I immediately thought: there must be a multimillionaire behind this. And there is. Peter Moores inherited the U .K. 's Littlewoods department store/betting parlour fortune, worked at Glyndebourne while attending Oxford, and then frequented the Vienna Academy of Music. The foundation he established in 1964 has donated a quarter-billion dollars (Canadian) since then, mainly towards culture. by Phil Ehrensaft BACK TO MACBETH, In 1846 Verdi intended something out of the ordinary when he challenged himself to transform Shakespeare's Macbeth into an opera worthy of the Bard. A year later, Verdi's Macbeth had transformed his own art and propelled opera into a new era. For many years, the 1847 Macbeth remained Verdi's favourite personal creation. Audiences of the time, whose ears and eyes must have experienced this Macbeth as distinctly avant-garde, heartily 2005 COURSES 8 Operas from Shakespeare What You Must Know About Italian Opera The "top 1 O" Operas A fall weekend seminar Discovering the lesser known Mozart Mozart - The greatest of all opera composers? 2006 COURSES What to listen for in German and French Opera A winter weekend seminar "Gotterdammerung" In Quest of Operatic Dons The Five Key Themes of Wagner's Ring 2006 TOURS agreed. Verdi and his librettist Francesco Maria Piave went right inside the minds and compulsions of their protagonists, propelling them forward with bold new music and acting, within a production where every aspect was considered and controlled by the composer, from historical accuracy of sets, costumes and gestures to the details of lighting. This was "total art" well before Wagner. Then Verdi accepted an offer from the Theatre-Lyrique de Paris to revise his favourite opera for the 1865 season. He rewrote onethird of it, mainly the last intense act where Lady Macbeth expires in her famous fit of madness, and rebel armies deliver just desserts 2005-2006 Opera Courses and Opera Tours with Iain Scott 4 weeks 4 weeks 10 weeks weekend Barcelona - Madrid - Seville - Lisbon Berlin - Dresden - Prague Vienna - Ludwig's Castles - Munich - Esterhaza 5~ Annual Verdi's Italy Chautauqua and Glimmerglass Sept 13 - Oct 4 Oct 18 - Nov 8 Sept 12 - Nov 21 Nov 12- 13 With Rick Phillips of "Sound Advice" 4 weeks Nov 22 - Dec 13 4 weeks Jan10-31 weekend Jan 21-22 4 weeks Feb 14- Mar 7 week July16-21 At Classical Pursuits March 14 - 28 April 11- 22 April 22- 29 June 16 - July 1 July 24-Aug 31 SEPTEMBER 1 - O CTOBER 7 2005 WWW. THEWHOLENOTE.COM Back to Ad Index

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