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Volume 12 - Issue 2 - October 2006

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On OPERAby Christopher

On OPERAby Christopher HoileRing done, season's on!AFTER A SEPTEMBER dominated bythe Canadian Opera Company'slandmark production of Wagner's"Der Ring des Nibelungen", Octoberturns from opera on an epicscale to a series of works and productionson a more intimate scale.From operas in concert to one-personoperas to operetta and Mozart,October serves as a reminder of thevariety that the term "music theatre"includes.The month begins with a singleperformance by Opera In Concertof Puccini's "La Rondine" (1917),a work written immediately before"II Trittico" (1918) and known tohave been influenced by the operettasof Franz Lehar. The librettois, in fact, an Italian translation ofone by A. M. Willner, one ofLehar'sprime librettists. The operawas last presented in Toronto bythe University of Toronto OperaDivision in 2000. The COC lastpresented it in 1990. The workstars Arlene Alvarado, Kurt Lehmannand Lydia Skourides withmusic director Jose Hernandez atTOH.ONTOOrEIIBITi\miGuillermo Silva-Ma rinGeneral Directorthe piano. Iain Scott presents a preconcerttalk at 1 :45 before the performanceat 2:30 on Oct. 1. Seewww .operainconcert.com for furtherinformation.Anyone in the mood for a fullfledged operetta will have to waittill the end of the month for TorontoOperetta Theatre's first productionof Gilbert and Sullivan's"Patience" (1881) on Oct. 27-29.The operetta was famous for satirizingthe aesthetic movement in artand poets like Algernon Swinburneand Dante Gabriel Rossetti in particular. The misconception thatOscar Wilde was the model forBunthorne was furthered by RichardD'Oyly-Carte himself, who wasalso Wilde's booking agent, andwho sent Wilde on a tour of theUS to build up the box office for"Patience" . Keith Klassen andRobert Longo, who made such asplash in TOT's "The Gondoliers",will play the rival poets.Derek Bate conducts the TOTOrchestra and Chorus. For informationsee www. torontooperetta. com.As for onepersonoperas,look no furtherthan TimBrady's "ThreeCities in the Lifeof Norman Bethune"(2003).Those whomissed this workwhen it was presentedat Toronto'sMusic Gal-Baritone Michael Donovan, who sang Bethunelery in 2005 in Toronto, also sings the role on tour.have a couple of chances to catch production in Toronto a video comperformancesof it out of town. On ponent has been added of rare ar­Oct. 3 it will be performed at the chival footage of Montreal, SpainRecital Hall of the School of Fine and China in the 1930s. PrecedingArts and Music at the University the opera Brady will perform soloof Guelph (519-824-4 120) and on works for guitar, with video pro­Oct. 6-9 at the Gravenhurst Opera jections by video artist MartinHouse (888-495-8888) in the town Messier. Those who collect CawhereBethune was born. The nadian music on disc will want tomulti-media opera is drawn from know that Bradyworks and Dono­Bethune's letters from Montreal, van released a CD of the opera inMadrid & Chin-Ch'a-Chi and po- November 2005 on the Ambiancesetry by Dorothy Livesay, Raphael Magnetiques label (AM 139). Ex­Alberti & Lu Xun from the 1930s. tensive notes on the opera can beBaritone Michael Donovan, who found at the Bradyworks websitesang Bethune in Toronto, also sings at www.timbrady.ca.the role on tour. Since the work'swww.operainconcen.com'!!_eraIN CONCERTGuillermo Silva-Marin, Cmeral Directordili~ 1Don't miss your chance to hear arare Toronto opera performance byISABELAYRAKDARIANDialocU€S b€SCaRm€lrc€sby Francis Poulenc (i11 French)Alison d' Amato, Music Director & PianistLynne McMurtry, Jenny Cohen, Ashley Becker, Deanna HendricksThe Opera in Concert Cho rus, Robert Cooper, ChonlS DirectorSUN. NOVEMBER 19 AT 2:30 PMST. LAWRENCE CENTRE FOR THE ARTS416-366-7723 • 1-800-708-6754 • www.stlc.comor 8UNTHORNE 1 S BRIDEby W. S. Gilbert & Sir Arthur SullivanDerek Bate, Conductor * Anne Allan, Stage DirectorKeith Klassen, Robert Longo,Elizabeth DeGrazia, Lynne McMurtryOctober 27 & 28 at 8:00 pmOctober 29 at 2:00 pmAsk about our President's Reception following the matinee.Join the Board of Directors, the Cast and many TOT Friendsfor wine and hors d'ceuvres to celebrate the start of our season.wit/J the generous support ofan anonymous TOT FriendJackman FoundationP.~.1:1.!§.~h~..... ~~ .. r.r.~§§.~JANE MALLETT THEATRE416-366-77231-800-708-6754 www.stlc.com28 WWW. TH EWHOLENOTE .COMBack to Ad IndexBook & Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner Music by Burton LaneFAI RVIEW LI BRARY TH EATREDon Mil ls Rd . & Sheppard Ave. , North YorkOct. 12 - 28, 2006Wed. at 7pm I Thurs.- Sat. 8pm I Sun. 2pm I Oct. 28 2pm & 8pmTickets: (Wed. & Thurs. -.50)BOX OFFICE (416) 755-1717www. CiviclightOperaCom pany. com

While the COC's Ring Cycle For more Mozart head out ofcelebrated the 130th anniversary of town for Opera Ontario's produc­Wagner's tetralogy's premiere at tion of "Don Giovanni" on Oct. 19Bayreuth, the COC has not forgot- and 21 in Hamilton and Oct. 27 andten that 2006 is also Mozart's 250th 29 in Kitchener. In the title role isbirthday. To celebrate the occa- Calgary baritone Daniel Okulitch,sion the COC will remount its 1992 recently named Best Male Vocalistproduction of "Cosi fan tutte" , first at the Kiwanis Opera Festival ofseen at the Elgin Theatre, from Oct. Canada. The cast also includes Ca-17-Nov .5. Opera-goers now know nadian favourites Lyne Fortin (Donhowfine the acoustics at the Four na Anna), Sally Dibblee (Donna El­Seasons Centre are for Wagner. vira), Tom Goerz (Leporello),Next we wi ll get a chance to see Michele Bogdanowicz (Zerlina),how well they suit Mozart. The Gary Relyea (Commendatore) andcast features Joni Henson (Fiordil- American tenor Scott Scully (Donigi), Krisztina Szabo (Dorabella), Ottavio). Canadian Robert Tweten,Shannon Mercer (Despina), HeadofMusicStaffat theSantaFeMichael Colvin (Ferrando), Russell Opera and Assistant Conductor withBraun (Guglielmo) and Federico the Lyric Opera Chicago, conductsSacchi replacing Pavlo Hunka as the Hamilton Philharmonic Orches­Don Alfonso. New direction is by tra and the Opera Ontario Chorus.Daniel Dooner and Richard Brad- See www.operaontario.com forshaw conducts. For more infor- more information.mation visit www.coc.ca.2006-2007Opera CoursesandOpera TourswithIain Scott~- 2006 - 2007 SEASON~"" ~ 1 ..._., The Joy of Mozart!Lucia Cesaroni asSusannaTiiIIE: IK(JK\~~(Qi[or r~(Qi~IK{OUnder the Artistic Direction ofGeoffrey ButlerFull productionwith the Opera York Orchestra and ChoirNov. 16 - Markham Theatre, MARKHAMNov. 18 - St. Elizabeth Theatre, v AUG HANVerdi's La Traviata · March 1 & 3, 20078 pm· TICKETS SU BSCRIPTION PRICE TICKETS Call Opera York at 905-763-7853email: info@ operayork.comwww.operayork.comGroup rates availableOPERA FOR EVERYONE!T he Me[ropolibm United Church J'resen[s:3 & 4 WEEK COURSESAll courses are held on Tuesdays 2.30-4.30 and 7.00-9.00 at theRoyal Canadian Yacht Club 141 St George StreetOpera 101- How to enjoy Italian OperaOpera's 10 Deadly SinsVerdi's Fathers & Daughters3-17 October31 Oct. -21 Nov.28 Nov.-12 Dec.Opera 102 - Other forms of opera 9 - 30 January, 2007Dueling Divas - Great Sopranos 6 - 27 FebruaryHow to run an opera company13 March - 3 AprilWEEKEND SEMINARS10 - 4 each day includeslunchesTristan und IsoldeAt the Arts and Letters ClubThe Legends of Faust in OperaAt the Arts and Letters ClubDie MeistersingerAt the Rosedale Golf ClubTOURSSan Francisco Tristan & IsoldeMontreal LakmeNew York Die MeistersingerVerdi's ItalyWagner's Italy14-15 October20 - 21 January, 200724 - 25 February21-26 October9-11 February2-5 March13-25 April12-27 JuneOctober 19, 20, 21

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