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Volume 9 Issue 6 - March 2004

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Opera is thriving. in

Opera is thriving. in Toronto, with both . largeand small companies presenting opera, opera-in-concert, operetta and music theatre. We will cover them all, looking both at end of season productions and plans for next season as well as opera in books, and on CD and DVD. All companies that we know of will be contacted by e-mail by March 2nd. If you don't think we know about you or haven't heard from us by March 2nd, let us know you're out there by e-mailing us at opera@thewholenote.com Focus in the coming months May issue , WholeNote's Choral Celebration Count Your Choir Inf WholeNote Maga'Zine invites all choirs in Southern and Southwestern Ontario to participate in Choral Celebration, a special feature which will appear in our May 2004 edition. Published: Thursday, April 29, 2004 June issue Overview of Summer Music Festivals · Festivals that were in The WholeNote last June will be contacted. /fyour festival is new or was not in the magazine last year, please contact us to be added to the summer festival list. Published: Thursday, May 27, 2004 July issue Summer Music Festivals: Detailed Listings Published: Friday, June 25, 2004 Listings: Simone Desilets listings@thewholenote.com 416-323-2232 Advertising Reservations: Allan Pulker or Karen Ages 416-323-2232 Editorial: David Perlman 416-603-3786 editorial@thewholenote.com ON OPERA by Christopher Haile With two exceptions there is a decidedly English tone to the operatic offerings this month. First notable exception is the

For an example of the kind of opera Gay was satirizing, one need look no further than the Opera in Concert performance of Handel's first opera written for London, Rinaldo of 1711 . The opera about an Amazonian sorceress's . influence on the Christians fighting in the Crusades is one of his most spectacular. The starry line-up of Kimberly Barber, Jane Archibald and Barbara Hannigan is accompanied on original instruments by the Aradia Ensemble conducted by Kevin Mallon. Carl Rosa Company's Mikado Performances are on England with at least one produc- March 27 and 28. For tickets phone tion every year between 1728 and 416-366-7723 01: buy online at http: I 1886. /secure.stlc.ca/oic.asp. · The most famous 20th-century ad- . . aptation of Gay's opera is The Three- On March 28 the Canadian Chilpenny Opera written in 1928 by Kurt dren's Opera Chorus gives To­ Weill and Bertolt Brecht to celebrate ronto audiences a fi.rst glimpse of the 200th anniversary of Gay's work. excerpts from a new opera written However, the Opera Division of the especially for it. This is The Hob­ University of Toronto, which pre- bit by Dean Burry. With all things sented Weill's version in 1'998, will Tolkien given renewed interest, The present Benjamin Britten's own 1948 CCOC could hardly have chosen a adaptation of the s·core. Britten's more popular subject. The performensemble is made up of a quintet of ance will take place at the Brigantine strings plus wind, harp and percus- Room at Harbourfront at lpm. For sion. The music in his version is tickets phone 416-973-4000. A full known not only for the wit of its production of the opera will be preword setting but also for its clever sented on May 15-16 later this year. allusions to other works. The J3eggar's Opera runs March 5-6 and 12- 13 . For tickets, phone 416-978-3744. Rinaldo by George Frideric Handel (in Italian) g;;UNDER AND LIGHTNING, VOCAL FIREWORKS AND AN AMAZONIAN SORCERESS MADE HANDEL 's FIRST OPERA FOR LONDON A SPECTACULAR SUCCESS. Enjoy }earning abouf opera · ,, with . Iain Scott • MORE INSIGHTS INTO GREAT ARIAS 7 iveeks beginning February 23 or ?4 • WINDOWS ON "DIE W&KURE" weekend Saturday March 20 and Sunday March 21 • WAGNER - BEFORE "THE RING" 5 weeks beginning April 19 or 20 A u of r Faculty ol Mm,i

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