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Volume 3 Issue 5 - February 1998

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M lJSI(: * *MlJSI(: 'fll Kr\ TIU: Tlllo:ATIU:*MlJSI(: *'riiEATIU: MUSIC TIIEATRE MUSIC THEATRE LISTINGS: FEBRUARY, MARCH 1998 • • •IArte Flamenco! Spaniah Dance Co. Alma Encerrada (Encaged Soul). Choreographed and staged by Elena la Comadre. Live Flamenco music throughout. February 19, 20, 21 : 8 :00; February 22: 2:00. du Maurier Theatre Centre, 231 Queens Quay West. 973- 4000. .50 to . •••Canadian Opera Company. Humperdinck: Hansel and Gretel. In English with English surtitles. Kristine Jepson, Clare Gormley, Gary Rideout, John Fanning, Alexandra Hughes, singers; Canadian Opera Company Orchestra; Canadian Children 's Opera Chorus; Randall Behr, conductor; Maurice Sendak, set & costume designer. February 5 , 7: 8 :00; February 3 : 7:00; February 1: 2:00. Free Talk in lobby, 45 minutes before each performance. Hummingbird Centre, 1 Front St. E. 363- 8231. to 5. •••Canadian Opera Company. Janacek: The Cunning Little Vixen. In Czech with English surtitles. Rebecca Caine, soloist; Canadian Opera Company Orchestra & Chorus; Canadian Ch ildren's Opera Chorus; Maurice Sendak, original designs; Richard Bradshaw, conductor. February 4 , 6: 8 :00; February 8: 2:00. Free Talk in the lobby, 45 minutes before each performance. Hummingbird Centre, 1 Front St. E. 363- 8231. to 5. • • •Centuries Opera Association. A Viennese Night. Music by Strauss, Lehar & Kalman . Guest artists: Gerlinde Strangemann, Mark DuBois, Gisele Fredette & Bruce Kelly; Centuries Opera Orchestra and Austrian Chorus; William Shookhoff, conductor. March 5: 8 :00. George Weston Recital Hall , 5040 Yonge St. Smaller With the Canadian Opera Company's season winding down (a rousing Sendak sendoft), the smaller companies t will take over this month. Several of them provide opportunities for young singers just setting out. One, the Royal Conservatory Opera Ensemble,us presenting two performances of Monteverdi's 1642 masterpiece, L '/ncoronazione di Poppea. Also at the Ettore Mazzoleni Concert Hall, is Opera Anonymous' production of Mozart's ldomeneo. Why, you might ask, would the company that brought us Menotti's The Consul and Amelia Goes to the &ll and Quentin Doolittle's Charlie the Chicken be doing Mozart? Simple: their madate also includes opera education. The "role study project" gives a group of young singers the opportunity to "learn and perform an entire role from standard rep." February is always Toronto Opera Repertoire's big month, with hearty, piano accompanied productions--this year La Cenerentola and Carmen at the Central Tech Auditorium on Harbord Street. TOR's 19-year reputation as a rare and unique training ground for 872-2222. to . •••David 8t Ed Mirviah. Rent. To May 3. Royal Alexandra. 260 King W. 872-1212. • • •David 8t Ed Mirvish. Chicago. Music by John Kander; lyrics by Fred Ebb. Begins February 18 for limited engagement. Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King St. W. 872- 1212. .50 to .50. •••Equity Showcaae Theatre. Pippin. Music & lyrics by Stephen Schwartz; book by Roger 0 . Hirson; Jordan Merkur, director. Preview February 18 & 19; opens February 20 to March 1 . Wednesday to Saturday: 7 :30; matinees Saturday & Sunday: 2:00. Studio Theatre, York Quay Centre, 235 Queens Quay West. 533-9231. PWC (suggested minimum ). •••Followa Latimer. I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change. To February 28. singers is based on fact. Among its alumni are Michael Burgess and the acclaimed Wagnerian tenor, Paul Frey. One offbeat offering worth a look is Trinity Basement Theatre's remounted original production, Come Away: The Story of Ruth, opening February 19. And Opera York's artistic director, William Shookoff Thursday to Saturday: 8:00; Saturday 2:00. New Yorker, 651 Yonge St. 872-1111. .50 to .50. •••Forever Plaid. Unlimited engagement. Regal Constellation Hotel, 900 Dixon Rd. 348-0696. .50 to . • • •Gienn Gould Studio. Concert of great operatic arias & duets including excerpts from Tomas: Mignon; Gounod: Romeo and Juliette; Faust; Bizet: The Pearl Fishers: Wagner: Tannhauser; Humperdinck: Hansel & Gretel. Benjamin Butterfield, tenor; Brett Polegato, baritone; Canadian Children's Opera Chorus; Canadian Opera Company Orchestra; Richard Bradshaw, conductor. February 23: 8 :00. 250 Front St. W. 205-5555. . • • •Great Mu•ic at St. Anne's. The Sorcerer by Gilbert & Sullivan. Laura Schatz, stage TORONTO'S ONLY COMPREHENSIVE MONTHLY CLASSICAL & CONTEMPORARY CONCERT LISTING SOURCE in;ri~s t~Ri?!!ic~!;!y ' s aim is "to present the readilyaccessible and slightly-off-themain-stream gems from the realm of grand opera." This month, Leoncavallo's (not Puccini's) lA Boheme under Shookoff's musical direction, with stage direction by Valerie Kuinka, subject of the last wholenote cover story. Their completely sold out run, complete with rave reviews, of The Czardos Princess behind them, Toronto Operetta Theatre will celebrate Valentine's Day w ith a Latin flair, presenting Rumba Espanola on February 14 & 15. There will not be long to wait, however, to hear more of the sounds of Viennese operetta; on March 5 Centuries Opera will present a night of just that at the Weston Recital Hall. Another evening of excerpts will be presented by the COC February 23 at the Glenn Gould Studio. And to top it all off, the new Mississauga Living Arts Centre will bring us the best in European operatic talent when the Opera Nazionale Italiana, one of the most successful opera touring companies in the world performs Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo's I Pagliacci on February 10. director; Christopher Cotton, music director; Jennifer Friesen, choreographer. February 5 & 6 : 8 :00; February 7: 2:00 & 8 :00. 270 Gladstone Ave. 922-4415. ,. • • •Harbourfront Centre. Kuumba: And Still We Dance. Three pieces that reflect Caribbean culture, combining dance, theatre & music. Canboulay Dance Theatre. February 15: 3 :00. Brigantine Room, 235 Queens Quay W. 973-4000. . • • •Living Arts Centra Mississauga. Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana; Leoncavsllo: I Psgliacci. Opera Nazionale Italians; Budapest State Opera Orchestra. February 10: 8:00. Hammerson Hall , 4141 Living Arts Drive. 905-306-6000. ,. • • •Living Arta Centre Miaaissauga. Cowgirls. Off- More, page 20

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