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Volume 17 Issue 1 - September 2011

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Guillermo Silva-Marin,

Guillermo Silva-Marin, General DirectorDISCOVER THE SOUND!DISCOVER THE VOICE!A Thrilling Voyage of Discovery!L’ACCORDÉONISTE:LATIN HEAT!A collaboration of superstar mezzo-sopranoKimberly Barber, pianist Peter Tiefenbach,percussionist Carol Bauman and excitingyoung accordionist Mary-Lou Vetere.October 2 at 2:30 p.m.LES HUGUENOTSGIACOMO MEYERBEERMichael Rose, Music Director and PianistLaura Whalen, Edgar Ernesto Ramírez,Alain Coulombe, Iasmina PatacaNovember 27 at 2:30 p.m.OBERTOGIUSEPPE VERDIAlison d’Amato, Music Director and PianistGiles Tomkins, Joni Henson,Michèle Bogdanowicz, Romulo DelgadoMarch 4 at 2:30 p.m.DIE FREUNDEVON SALAMANKAFRANZ SCHUBERTKevin Mallon, Music Director and ConductorJames McLean, Michael CiufoToronto Chamber OrchestraApril 1 at 2:30 p.m.Robert Cooper, C.M. and theOpera in Concert ChorusSubscribe and Save up to 30%416-366-7723 or 1-800-708-6754www.operainconcert.comAt a GlanceCHRISTOPHER HOILESo far over 35productions havebeen announced forthe 2011/12 opera season.Since so many of theseare Toronto premieresor unfamiliar repertoirethis looks to be quite anexciting season.The CanadianOpera Company hasseveral fascinating offerings.The fall seasonopens with Gluck’sIphigénie en Tauride(1779) starring SusanGraham — the world’sforemost Iphigénie.The production, runningSeptember 22 toOctober 15, continuesRobert Carsen’s series ofinterpretations of Gluckthat began last seasonwith his highly acclaimedOrfeo ed Euridice.February brings theCanadian premiere ofLove from Afar (L’Amourde loin) (2000) byFinnish composer Kaija Saariaho. Thiscontinues COC General Director AlexanderNeef’s plan to include a contemporary worktime the COC has staged a work by a femalecomposer. In April, the COC will mount AFlorentine Tragedyby Alexander Zemlinsky, on a double billwith Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi. And in May,Semele(1744) by George Frideric Handel. For moreinformation visit Atelier’s season premieres a newproduction of Mozart’s Don Giovanni,October 29, and remounts Jean-BaptisteArmidein 2005. Toronto has to count itself as veryspoiled to have a second chance to see anopera like Armide. In January, Opera AtelierCo-Artistic Director Marshall Pynkoskiwill direct a concert production of Handel’soratorio Hercules (1744) with Tafelmusikat Koerner Hall. For more see and Operetta Theatre charts newKálmán’s Die Csárdásfürstin (1915), inlate December. The TOT has presentedother Kálmán works but strangely notThe Gypsy Princess (as it is known inEnglish), even though it’s regarded as oneof the pinnacles of“Silver Age” Vienneseoperetta. In Februaryprofessional staging ofJohn Beckwith’s operaTaptoo!, an opera with aWar of 1812 theme givenits world premiere by theUniversity of TorontoOpera Division in2003. Toronto MasqueTheatre coincidentallywill stage another operaby Beckwith, also to alibretto by James Reaney,Crazy to Kill (1989),earlier in November.For more informationsee and, the doublebill of Mascagni’sCavalleria RusticanaPagliacci (1892) wouldnot count as unusual,except that the COC laststaged this traditionalcompany has yoked one or the other tovarious parts of Puccini’s Il Trittico (1918).This season, those who would like to “Cavand Pag” together have three choices:for September 10 to 17; Opera Belcantopresents them October 19 and 21; and OperaHamilton has them on April 21 and 23., www.operabelcanto.netand for more.The tradition of presenting operas inconcert has immeasurably widened ourknowledge of works now rarely staged. Thisyear two companies offer some especiallyunusual items. Opera in Concert has plannedGiacomo Meyerbeer’s once-popular LesHuguenotsOberto (1839) for March 4 and forApril 1, Franz Schubert’s virtually unknownDie Freunde von Salamanka (written in 1815but not performed until 1928). Meanwhile,Opera by Request has scheduled Handel’sOrlando (1733) for October 21, Massenet’sHérodiade (1881) for November 4 andGiancarlo Menotti’s The Saint of BleeckerStreetmore information at and New Opera has three unusualofferings. Its season opener, “Opera Briefs,”First time around: TenorKeith Klassen and sopranoCarla Huhtanen in Oksana G.,March 2006.28 thewholenote.comSeptember 1–October 7, 2011MICHAEL COOPER

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