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Monday, 17 November 2014

Cette semaine à Montréal : le 17 au 23 novembre

le Quatuor Debussy

Chapelle Historique – première présence au Québec du Quatuor Debussy
En prélude à la participation du Quatuor Debussy au spectacle Opus présenté à la TOHU du 20 au 26 novembre, la Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur reçoit le quatuor à cordes français qui jouera le monumental Quatuor à cordes en sol mineur de Claude Debussy. 17 novembre, 20 h. www.ville.montreal.qc.ca/chapellebonpasteur
- Renée Banville

Une explosion musicale avec Appassionata
Dans le décor somptueux du Cinéma Impérial, l'Orchestre de chambre Appassionata convie le public à une expérience multimédia autour de la Symphonie no 3 « Eroica » de Beethoven. Initiée par le directeur artistique Daniel Myssyk, La révolution Beethoven débute par un spectacle qui retrace l'homme, sa musique et son temps. Appuyé par des projections sur grand écran de dessins de l'artiste visuel et bédéiste Christian Quesnel, le texte est narré par Patrice Dubois sur un collage de textes que la dramaturge Jennifer Tremblay a puisés dans l'histoire du compositeur, écrite par A.F. Schindler. Cinéma Impérial, 18 novembre, 19 h 30. www.appassionata.ca
- Renée Banville

Un ensemble vocal à la Chapelle Historique du Bon-Pasteur
Un vent venu d’Europe de l’Est soufflera sur la Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur à l’occasion d’un concert mettant en vedette le Cantus Ensemble de Zagreb, en collaboration avec Les Amis Concerts. Seront interprétées des œuvres de Ruben Radica, Franco Parać, Anđelko Klobučaret et Mladen Tarbuk. La Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur – 19 novembre, à 20 h. www.ville.montreal.qc.ca/chapellebonpasteur
- Justin Bernard

L’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal reçoit Miah Persson
Sous la direction de Kent Nagano, l’OSM présentera une série de deux concerts intitulés Lieder romantiques et accueillera pour l’occasion la soprano suédoise Miah Persson. La soliste interprétera notamment les Quatre derniers lieder de Richard Strauss. Le prélude et le « Liebestod », extraits de Tristan et Isolde de Wagner, La nuit transfigurée de Schoenberg et la Symphonie no 8 en si mineur de Schubert complètent le programme. Maison symphonique de Montréal – 19 et 20 novembre, à 20 h www.osm.ca
- Justin Bernard

Daniel-Clarke Bouchard dans le Jardin anglais de I Musici
Jeune musicien talentueux de 12 ans, Daniel-Clarke Bouchard n'a certes pas froid aux yeux. De la télévision à la scène, il a tâté de nombreux terrains et essayé plusieurs styles. On l'entendra cette fois jouer Bach « dans un jardin anglais » avec I Musici, sous la direction de Jean-Michel Malouf. Il en interprétera le Concerto pour piano no 5. On entendra aussi Eclogue pour piano et cordes, opus 10 de Gerald Finzi. En complément de programme : Warlock, Delius et Elgar. Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur, 20 au 22 novembre. imusici.com
- Renée Banville

Le laboratoire de création du NEM
Pour la 12e année, le NEM présente son Forum international qui donne la parole aux jeunes compositeurs du monde entier. Entre le 1er et le 21 novembre, 72 répétitions publiques, huit lunchs-causeries, deux conférences et une table ronde donneront lieu à des échanges entre musiciens, compositeurs de la relève et mélomanes. Le point culminant de l'événement sera les deux concerts qui présenteront les œuvres achevées des 8 compositeurs sélectionnés. Salle Claude-Champagne, 20 et 21 novembre, 19 h 30. lenem.ca
- Renée Banville

La jeune fille et la mort avec les musiciens de L'OSM
Le célèbre quatuor de Schubert est au programme du prochain concert de la série Tableaux en musique de la Fondation Arte Musica. Vienne rapproche cette grande figure du romantisme de l'un des principaux représentants de l'expressionnisme en musique, Alban Berg, dont on entendra le Quatuor à cordes, opus 3. Avec les violonistes Brigitte Rolland et Alexander Read, l'altiste Natalie Racine et la violoncelliste Anna Burden. Salle Bourgie, 21 novembre, 18 h 30. www.sallebourgie.ca
- Renée Banville

Le Festival Bach Montréal – du 23 novembre au 7 décembre
La 8e édition du Festival Bach de Montréal présentera 21 spectacles dans neuf salles. C'est à la Maison symphonique qu'aura lieu le concert d'ouverture avec le Freiburger Barockorchester d'Allemagne, le 23 novembre. www.festivalbachmontreal.com
- Renée Banville

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This Week in Montreal: November 17 to 23

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The Debussy Quartet
Musical Explosion with Appassionata
In the sumptuous décor of Cinéma Impérial, the Appassionata Chamber Orchestra welcomes the public to a multimedia experience related to Beethoven’s Third “Eroica” Symphony (in French only). The Beethoven Revolution, devised by Artistic Director Daniel Myssyk, begins with highlights of the composer, his music, and his life. With the support of large-screen projections by visual artist and cartoonist Christian Quesnel, Patrice Dubois narrates the text through a collage sourced by playwright Jennifer Tremblay. The text related to the composer’s biography was written by A.F. Schindler. Cinéma Impérial, Nov 18, 7:30 pm. www.appassionata.ca
- Renée Banville


Chapelle Historique: First Appearance of Debussy Quartet in Quebec
Leading up to the Debussy Quartet’s appearance in TOHU’s Opus from Nov 20 to 26, the Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur welcomes France’s string quartet in a performance of Debussy’s monumental String Quartet in G minor. Nov 17, 8 pm.  www.ville.montreal.qc.ca/chapellebonpasteur
- Renée Banville


A Vocal Ensemble at Chapelle Historique du Bon-Pasteur
An Eastern European wind will blow on the city’s Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur with a concert starring Zagreb’s Cantus Ensemble, in collaboration with Les Amis Concerts. Works by Ruben Radica, Franco Parać, Anđelko Klobučaret, and Mladen Tarbuk will be performed. Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur, November 19, 8:00 p.m.
www.ville.montreal.qc.ca/chapellebonpasteur- Justin Bernard


The OSM Hosts Miah Persson
Under the baton of Kent Nagano, the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal presents two concerts titled The Voice of Romanticism with Swedish soprano Miah Persson. The soloist performs Richard Strauss’s Four Last Songs as well as the prelude and “Liebestod” from Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, Schoenberg’s Transfigured Night, and Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 in B-minor. Maison symphonique, Nov 19 and 20 at 8 pm. www.osm.ca
- Justin Bernard


NEM’s Creation Laboratory
The Nouvel Ensemble Modern presents its 12th International Forum, featuring the voices of young composers from all over the world. From Nov 1st to 21, 72 public rehearsals, eight luncheon-chats, two lectures and a round table will create the opportunity for discourse between musicians, upcoming composers, and music lovers. The event culminates in two concerts that will present the finished works of eight selected composers. Salle Claude-Champagne, Nov 20 and 21 at 7:30 pm. www.lenem.ca
- Renée Banville


Daniel Clarke-Bouchard in I Musici’s English Garden
Talented 12-year-old Daniel Clarke-Bouchard is a fearless musician. From the TV screen to the stage, he has tested many different fields and explored various styles. This time, he’s performing Bach “in an English garden” with I Musici, conducted by Jean-Michel Maloud. He will play the Piano Concerto No. 5 and Gerald Finzi’s Eclogue for Piano and Strings, op. 10. Warlock, Delius, and Elgar complete the program. Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur, Nov 20 and 22. www.imusici.com
- Renée Banville


Death and the Maiden with the Musicians of the OSM
The renowned Schubert Quartet is on the program for the next concert of the Arte Musica Foundation’s “Musical Canvases” series. Vienna brings this major figure in Romanticism together with one of the key players in Expressionism in music, Alan Berg, whose String Quartet, op. 3, will be performed. With violinists Brigitte Rolland and Alexander Read, violist Natalie Racine, and cellist Anna Burden. Bourgie Hall, Nov 21, 6:30 pm. www.bourgiehall.ca
- Renée Banville


The Montreal Bach Festival: Nov 23 to Dec 7
The 8th edition of the Montreal Bach Festival presents 21 concerts in nine venues. The opening concert takes place at the Maison Symphonique and features Germany’s Freiburger Barockorchester on Nov 23. The closing concert takes place in the same hall on Dec 3, 4, and 7, with the OSM under the baton of Masaaki Suzuki.
Among the abundance of events planned, here are some noteworthy ones in November:
• The Pentaèdre wind quartet and pianist Mathieu Gaudet premiere composer Éric Champagne’s Hommage à Bach (24)
• The Concerto Melante, composed of members of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, perform Bach’s The Musical Offering (27)
• Arion Baroque Orchestra recreates the ambience of Prince Frederick of Prussia’s music room for a performance as a quartet (28)
• I Musici di Roma, a renowned baroque orchestra founded in 1951, has a surprise in store … (30)
www.festivalbachmontreal.com
- Renée Banville

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Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Barbier de Séville à Montréal - Un barbier qui vous fera rire

Par Marc-Olivier Laramée
Photo: Yves Renaud

Étienne Dupuis dans le role de Figaro

Le Barbier de Séville de Rossini est un opéra bouffe, une comédie romantique où ruse et folie côtoient récitatifs et ornements vocaux rossiniens. Le comte Almaviva est éperdu d’amour pour Rosina. Aidé par le barbier Figaro, le jeune amoureux devra, par tous les moyens, surmonter les embûches du vieux Bartolo lui-même prétendant de Rosina.

Souvent dans les productions d’opéra, des chanteurs excellent tandis que d’autres peinent à livrer une performance acceptable. L’Opéra de Montréal présente ici une distribution de chanteurs exempte de corps morts. Pas de diva, mais une distribution bien équilibrée.

Dans le rôle principal de Figaro, le baryton Canadien Étienne Dupuis. Il a un talent indéniable pour la comédie. Son entrée par une porte du parterre est réussie. Accompagné de quatre demoiselles sur scène, ce barbier séducteur est le bouffon idéal pour cet opéra. Coté vocal, rien de surprenant, un bon travail sans plus.

Le ténor Bogdan Mihai de Roumanie fera des prouesses à travers les multiples récitatifs et mille et un ornements. Il a une agilité vocale pertinente pour ce rôle exigeant. Quoique bien rendues, toutes ses interventions comportant d’interminables ornements requièrent un lourd travail perceptible pour l’auditeur. Chaque note donne lieu à un mouvement de tête. Son timbre de voix de ténor lyrique est un peu sombre et reculé. Dans son rôle d’Almaviva, un comte à la conquête du cœur de Rosina, il réussit merveilleusement à établir le lien amoureux. Son double rôle en tant qu’Alonso, le maître de musique remplaçant, est un bijou de jeu scénique. Il est drôle, juste assez. Sans aller dans l’excès comme peut le faire Étienne Dupuis.

La mezzo-soprano espagnole Carol Garcia dans le rôle de Rosina et la basse italienne Carlo Lepore dans le rôle de Bartolo livrent tous deux une bonne prestation. Rosina joue bien la jeune amoureuse. Elle a une voix assez claire pour une mezzo. Bartolo quant à lui est une voix rafraîchissante. Claire dans l’ensemble de son registre vocal, sa voix redore le blason de la basse sombre. Mention spéciale à la révélation vocale dans cette production, la basse italienne Paolo Pecchioli, dans le rôle de Basilo. Il a un registre très étendu, mais surtout de qualité.

Les décors sont ici assez simples. Une maison est ouverte et fermée par les personnages, faits par Robert Prévost et Guy Neveu, grands contributeurs aux arts scéniques québécois.

Côté instrumental, le travail de l’Orchestre Métropolitain est remarquable. L’ouverture de l’opéra, grandement applaudie, était à point avec la finesse du jeu des violons. Dirigé par le chef autrichien expérimenté Christoph Campestrini, l’orchestre est à son meilleur. Complétée par le clavecin et la guitare, la partie instrumentale est sans contredit de très haute qualité.

Le Barbier de Séville, Rossini
Opéra de Montréal
8, 11, 13, 15 et 17 novembre 2014, 19 h 30, salle Wilfrid-Pelletier de la Place des Arts
http://www.operademontreal.com/fr/programmation/saison-2014-2015/le-barbier-de-seville#

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Monday, 10 November 2014

Cette semaine à Montréal : le 10 au 16 novembre


Violoniste chinois Lu Siqing
Unique concert à Montréal de l'orchestre le plus prestigieux de Chine
L'Orchestre du Centre national des arts de la scène de Chine présente un programme où se mêlent les traditions de l'Orient et de l'Occident. Le concerto Les Amants papillons, qui évoque une vieille légende d'amants maudits, sera interprété par le violoniste Lu Siqing, sous la direction de Lu Jia. Aussi au programme : une Suite pour orchestre de Chen Qigang et la Symphonie no 8 de Dvořák. Maison symphonique, 13 novembre, 20 h. www.osm.ca
- Renée Banville

Quatuor Alcan - La grande séduction
Depuis sa fondation, le Quatuor Alcan a donné des centaines de concerts ici comme ailleurs et, bien qu'il ne se restreindra pas au répertoire beethovénien, la sortie de l'intégrale permettra à l'ensemble de rajouter de nombreux concerts sur la route dans les mois qui viennent. On retrouvera l'ensemble à la salle Bourgie, à Montréal, le 12 novembre, puis le 16 à la salle Rolland-Brunelle à Joliette. La série de concerts se poursuivra en 2015, comme la parution des autres volumes de cette grande aventure musicale. www.quatuoralcan.com
- Réjean Beaucage

20e anniversaire du projet génération de L'ECM+
L’ECM+ présente la 8e édition de son projet Génération, qui a contribué à lancer la carrière de 53 compositeurs québécois et canadiens. Cette édition sera dirigée par Véronique Lacroix et animée par le compositeur Gabriel Dharmoo. Neuf villes canadiennes accueilleront l'ECM+, qui convie les passionnés de création à découvrir les œuvres de Marie-Pierre Brasset (Qc), Evelin Ramon (Qc-Cuba), Alec Hall (Ont-NY) et Anthony Tan (AB-Berlin). Salle de concert du Conservatoire, 13 novembre, 19 h 30. www.ecm.qc.ca
- Renée Banville

Étienne Dupuis dans le Barbier de Séville à l’Opéra de Montréal
Le baryton Étienne Dupuis tiendra le rôle-titre dans Le Barbier de Séville de Rossini à l’Opéra de Montréal cette saison. À ses côtés : Mireille Lebel, Carlo Lepore, Bogdan Mihai ou encore Paolo Pecchioli. La mise en scène a été confiée à Oriol Tomas et la direction artistique, à Christoph Campestrini. L’accompagnement sera assuré par l’Orchestre Métropolitain et le Chœur de l’Opéra de Montréal. Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts – 8, 11, 13 et 15 novembre, à 19 h 30. www.operademontreal.com
- Justin Bernard

Le Requiem de Mozart par l’orchestre I Musici
Pour son troisième concert vocal de la saison, l’Orchestre de chambre I Musici interprétera le Quatuor à cordes no 11 en fa mineur de Beethoven (orchestration de Gustav Mahler) ainsi que le Requiem en ré mineur de Mozart dans la version achevée par Robert Levin. Les musiciens accompagneront le chœur du Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal et les solistes annoncés : Charlotte Corwin, soprano, Emma Char, mezzo-soprano, et Antonio Figueroa, ténor, sous la direction de Jean-Marie Zeitouni. Maison symphonique – 14 novembre, à 20 h. imusici.com
- Justin Bernard

Les rebelles baroques Telemann et Quantz chez Arion
Arion nous apprend que Telemann se destinait au droit et Quantz à la forge. Heureusement pour nous, les deux ont persévéré en musique. Ces compositeurs ont contribué à donner ses lettres de noblesse à la flûte traversière. Sous la direction du claveciniste Alexander Weimann, les flûtistes Claire Guimond et Alexa Raine-Wright nous feront découvrir une musique galante et imaginative. Salle Bourgie, 14 au 16 novembre. www.arionbaroque.com
- Renée Banville

Le Festival Bach Montréal – Nuit des Chœurs
La 8e édition du Festival Bach de Montréal présentera 21 spectacles dans neuf salles. Après le succès rencontré l'an dernier, la Nuit des Chœurs est de retour, présentée cette fois en prélude au festival, le 15 novembre. Animée par Mario Paquet d'Espace Musique et destinée à la famille, la soirée se déroulera à l'église Saint Andrew et Saint Paul, à partir de 15 h 30. www.festivalbachmontreal.com
- Renée Banville

L’Opéra Bouffe du Québec chantera Offenbach
La compagnie lyrique lavalloise lance sa première production de la saison : Orphée aux enfers de Jacques Offenbach, avec Véronique Gauthier, Martin Pilon, Charles Prévost-Linton, Frédérike Bédard, Éric Thériault, Chantal Scott et Étienne Cousineau. Simon Fournier dirigera l’Orchestre et le Chœur de l’Opéra bouffe du Québec, dans une mise en scène de Richard Fréchette. Maison des arts de Laval – 7, 8, et 14 novembre à 20 h, 9, 15 et 16 novembre à 15 h. www.operabouffe.org
- Justin Bernard

Concert gala des Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques
Dans le cadre de sa 21e saison, le programme international Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques du Théâtre Lyrichorégra 20 présentera son concert gala annuel, rassemblant les 24 lauréats de cette édition 2014, la relève de l’art lyrique au Canada, devant un comité de sélection constitué notamment de directeurs de maisons d’opéra européennes et nord-américaines. Martin Dubé sera le pianiste accompagnateur. Avec la participation du Chœur Classique de Montréal, sous la direction de Louis Lavigueur. Église du Gesù – 16 novembre, à 14 h 30. lyrichoregra20.wifeo.com
- Justin Bernard

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This Week in Montreal: November 10 to 16

 
Chinese violinist Lu Siqing
China’s Most Prestigious Orchestra in Their Only Montreal Concert
China’s National Center for the Performing Arts Orchestra presents a concert featuring Eastern and Western traditions. The Butterfly Lovers concerto, evoking an old legend of cursed lovers, will be performed by violinist Lu Siqing and conducted by Lu Jia. Chen Qigang’s The Five Elements and Dvořák’s Eighth Symphony are also programmed. Maison symphonique, Nov 13, 8 pm. www.osm.ca
- Renée Banville

Étienne Dupuis in Opéra de Montréal’s Barbiere di Siviglia
Baritone Étienne Dupuis plays the main role in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia at Opéra de Montréal this season. He is joined by Mireille Lebel, Carlo Lepore, Bogdan Mihai, and Paolo Pecchioli. Oriol Tomas is in charge of staging, and Christoph Campestrini is the artistic director. The Orchestre Métropolitain and the Opéra de Montréal Chorus accompany the singers. Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts, November 8, 11, 13, and 15, 7:30 p.m. www.operademontreal.com
- Justin Bernard


The Alcan Quartet’s Upcoming Concerts
Since its creation, the Alcan Quartet has given hundreds of concerts at home and abroad, and although it doesn’t limit itself to the Beethoven repertoire, the release of the complete cycle will allow the ensemble to add many more concerts on the road in the coming months. On November 12, the ensemble will appear in Montreal at Bourgie Hall, and on the 16, at Salle Rolland-Brunelle, in Joliette. The concert series continues until 2015, as with the releases of the other volumes of this great musical adventure. www.quatuoralcan.com
- Réjean Beaucage


ECM+’s Génération: 20th Anniversary
ECM+ presents its eighth edition of Génération, which kickstarted the career of 53 Canadian composers. This edition, under the baton of Véronique Lacroix, is hosted by composer Gabriel Dharmoo. Nine Canadian cities will welcome ECM+. The ensemble invites music creation enthusiasts to discover works by Quebec’s Marie-Pierre Brasset, Cuba’s Evelin Ramon (Quebec), Ontario’s Alec Hall (New York), and Alberta’s Anthony Tan (Berlin). Conservatoire concert hall, Nov 13, 7:30 pm. www.ecm.qc.ca
- Renée Banville

I Musici and Mozart’s Requiem
As part of its third vocal concert of the season, the I Musici Chamber Orchestra performs Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 11 in F minor (orchestration: Gustav Mahler) and Mozart’s Requiem in D minor (completed version by Robert Levin). The musicians will accompany the Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal’s chorus, along with soprano Charlotte Corwin, mezzo-soprano Emma Char, tenor Yann Beuron, and baritone Aleksey Bodganov. Jean-Marie Zeitouni conducts. Maison symphonique, Nov 14, 8 pm. www.imusici.com
- Justin Bernard


Telemann and Quantz: Baroque Rebels with Arion
 
Arion teaches us that Telemann was committed to a career in law and Quantz was committed to a career in foundry. Luckily for us, both composers persevered with music. They both helped in giving the flute its fame. Under the direction of harpsichordist Alexander Weimann, flutists Claire Guimond and Alexa Raine-Wright will lead the public in discovering discover romantic and imaginative music. Bourgie Hall, Nov 14 to 16. www.arionbaroque.com
- Renée Banville


The Montreal Bach Festival: Night of Choirs
The 8th edition of the Montreal Bach Festival presents 21 concerts in nine venues. After last year’s success, the Night of Choirs is back as a prelude to the festival on Nov 15. Hosted by Espace Musique’s Mario Paquet and geared towards families, the event takes place at the Church of Saint Andrew and Saint Paul beginning at 3:30 pm. www.festivalbachmontreal.com
- Renée Banville


Opéra Bouffe du Québec Sings Offenbach
The Laval-based opera company presents Jacques Offenbach’s Orphée aux enfers, its first season production. The performance stars Véronique Gauthier, Martin Pilon, Charles Prévost-Linton, Frédérike Bédard, Éric Thériault, Chantal Scott, and Étienne Cousineau. Simon Fournier conducts the Opéra Bouffe’s orchestra and choir while Richard Fréchette oversees staging. Maison des arts de Laval, Nov 7, 8, and 14, 8 pm; Nov 15 and 16, 3 pm. www.operabouffe.org
- Justin Bernard


Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques’ Gala Concert
As part of its twenty-first season, the Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques’ international program by Théâtre Lyrichorégra 20 presents its annual gala concert, bringing together 24 winners this year—rising stars in Canada’s vocal art. They will perform before a selection panel of European and North American opera house managers. Martin Dubé will be the accompanist. Collaboration with the Chœur classique de Montréal, conductor: Louis Lavigueur. Église du Gesù, Nov 16, 2:30 pm. www.lyrichoregra20.wifeo.com
- Justin Bernard

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Sunday, 9 November 2014

This Week in Toronto (Nov. 10 - 16)

My Toronto Concert Picks for the Week of Nov. 10 to 16 - Joseph So



Jan Lisiecki (Photo: IMG Artists)

Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki certainly has one of the highest profiles among Canadian classical artists today, and he's still only 19 years old!  I remember sitting in on a recording session of his at Koerner Hall in January of 2013 and interviewing the young man afterwards. His maturity towards his art was remarkable, yet he was still at the time very playful with people dear to him, and naturally a fun-loving teenager. You can read my interview with him here -  http://www.scena.org/lsm/sm18-7/sm18-7_lisiecki_en.html He is the soloist with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, playing Beethoven Piano Concertos 3, 4, and 5 over the span of two weeks. The guest maestro is Thomas Dausgaard making a welcome return to the TSO. http://www.tso.ca/


Pianist Yuja Wang and violinist Leonidas Kavakos 

Pianist Yuja Wang and violinist Leonidas Kavakos are both flamboyant virtuoso in their respective instruments. Now they join forces in recital on Nov. 13 8 pm at Koerner Hall. On the program are four violin sonatas by Brahms, Schumann, Ravel, and Respighi.  http://performance.rcmusic.ca/event/kavakos_wang



On the vocal front, the big news this week is the appearance of Verdi soprano Aprile Millo in Toronto after an absence of many years. The last time I recall her singing here was as Maddalena in Andrea Chenier at the COC in 1989, and a Roy Thomson Hall recital shortly after.  About two years ago, Millo gave a very interesting masterclass at Walter Hall for students of the opera program at the University of Toronto. When Millo first burst onto the scene in the early 80's, I became an instant fan. I recall a Don Carlo Met broadcast - her voice bore an uncanny resemblance to the great Renata Tebaldi. I would travel to the Met to hear her, including a marvelous Aida around 1987. Last winter, Millo sang a performance of Giorgetta in Puccini's Il Tabarro in Italy that was video-streamed on the internet. I was lucky to have seen/heard it and it really brought back memories. Well, for Millo fans, this is your chance to hear this great artist in two events this week. First on Thursday Nov. 13, she is joined by students of the Mary-Lou Vetere Studio in recital, with Linda Ippolito as the collaborative pianist. It takes place at the Jeanne Lamon Hall of the Trinity St. Paul's Centre, the home base of Tafelmusik.  A second event is a recital on Saturday Nov. 15 7:30 pm.  With her are other guest artists including baritone Gustavo Ahaulli, soprano Mary-Lou Vetere, and tenor Giacomo Folinazzo.   http://www.aprilemillo.org/html/news.php




Tenor Adrian Kramer and soprano Lucia Cesaroni are partners in art and in life. If the name of the tenor is familiar, it's because he was a member of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio a few years ago - as a baritone!  After his tenure at the COC Ensemble, Kramer reworked his voice to the tenor fach.  Lucia Cesaroni's lyric soprano is also well known to Toronto audiences. I recall hearing her as Susanna at Opera York a few seasons back, and she has appeared with Opera in Concert. You can find out more about her at http://luciacesaroni.com/  The two singers are giving a concert, Extensions of Us: Melody and Movement in collaboration with choreographer Jennifer Nichols and pianist Maika'i Nash on Nov. 13 at 8 pm in the Extension Room on Eastern Avenue (see poster above). The program includes songs and arias by Verdi and Mascagni, Neapolitan Songs, and selections from West Side Story. https://twitter.com/aitkramer

Pianist Dmitri Levkovich

Ukrainian-Canadian pianist Dmitri Levkovich is giving a recital of Rachmaninoff, Mozart. Stravinsky, Bach and Chopin on Nov. 11  7 pm in Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building, on the campus of the University of Toronto. http://www.dmitrilevkovich.com/

NCPA Orchestra of China 

The Chinese NCPA Orchestra under conductor Lu Jia gives a concert on Nov. 11 8 pm at Koerner Hall. Program includes Ravel's Piano Concerto in G Major and Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5 in E Minor. https://performance.rcmusic.ca/event/NCPA

Dover Quartet (Photo: Lisa-Marie Mazzucco)

One of the oldest concert presenters in the country, the Women's Musical Club of Toronto, is featuring the Dover Quartet as part of its Music in the Afternoon Series. This chamber group is the winner of 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition. You can learn more about them by going to their website http://www.doverquartet.com/   You can also find video clips of their performances there. The recital is in Walter Hall Nov. 13 1:30 pm. http://www.wmct.on.ca/

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Monday, 3 November 2014

This Week in Toronto (Nov. 3 - 9)

My Toronto Concert Picks for the week of Nov. 3 to 9 - Joseph So

American pianist Jeremy Denk (Photo: Jennifer Taylor)


Toronto piano fans are truly blessed this fall, with the appearances of a string of pianists of the top rank.  A couple of weeks ago, we had the brilliant Polish pianist Rafal Blechacz, and this week it's the visit of the terrific American Jeremy Denk at Koerner Hall on Nov. 9 3 pm. The program includes works by Haydn, Schubert, Janacek, Mozart and Schumann's Carnaval Op. 9. https://performance.rcmusic.ca/event/jeremy_denk

 First Prize winner Chinese pianist Yang Liu (Photo: Andrew Lee)

(l. to r.) Rachel Yudo(USA/Japan), Rodolfo Leone (Italy), Yang Liu (China) (Photo: Andrew Lee)

While on the subject of pianists, I can report that the Second Toronto International Piano Competition ended with the awarding of the top three prizes to three deserving competitors. First Prize went to 23 year old Chinese pianist Yang Liu,Second Prize to Italian Rodolfo Leone, and Third Prize to American/Japanese pianist Rachel Kudo.  http://newswire.scena.org/2014/11/chinas-yang-liu-wins-second-toronto.html

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra's offerings this week is unusually light, with just one performance of the What Makes it Great? Series. It features violinist Chee Yun in the Autumn and Winter concertos of Vivaldi's Four Seasons, conducted by Rob Kapilow. Saturday Nov. 8 8 pm.

On the vocal front, a noteworthy event this week is Recitals at Rosedale's presentation of A Walk on the Dark Side: Myths, Legends and Fairytales on Nov. 9 2:30 pm at the Rosedale Presbyterian Church. Three excellent Canadian singers - soprano Lesley Ann Bradley, mezzo Allyson McHardy and baritone Geoff Sirett join forces to present a program of works by Ravel, Quilter, Szmanowski and Zemlinsky. At the piano are Robert Kortgaard and Rachel Andrist. http://musicrpc.blogspot.ca/2014/09/recitals-at-rosedale-back-november-9.html

(l. to r.) Lesley Ann Bradley, Allyson McHardy, Geoff Sirett 

Every fall, the University of Toronto Faculty of Music brings a well known singer to be a resident artist giving masterclasses to the voice students. The guest is under the auspices of the John Stratton Visitor in Music. I recall the wonderful residencies of soprano Adrianne Pieczonka and mezzo Stephanie Blythe. This time it is British mezzo Catherine Wyn Rogers, who was in town last week for The Dream of Gerontius. She's giving an opera masterclass on Monday Oct. 3 7 pm at Walter Hall. Tomorrow (Tues. Nov. 4), is the art song masterclass at noon, also in Walter Hall. On Wednesday 7  pm, there'll be a full recital with the students plus Wyn Rogers herself, http://www.music.utoronto.ca/home.htm

Art of Time Ensemble is well known for its eclectic, boundary-stretching, always thoughtful programming. This concert is called The Poem/The Song. It focuses on music inspired by words. Featured texts set to music include those of T,S, Eliot, Margaret Atwood, Walt Whitman, Johnny Mercer, Leonard Cohen and others. Carla Huhtanen, Thom Allison and Gregory Hoskins are the singers. Nov. 7 8 pm  It takes place at the Harbourfront Centre Theatre at 235 Queens Quay. http://www.artoftimeensemble.com/

Canadian bass Gary Relyea (Photo: Opera York)

Opera York, the opera company of the York Region performing at the acoustically friendly Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, is presenting Donizetti's  Lucia di Lammermoor, on Nov. 6 an 8 at 7:30 pm.  Lucia is soprano Allison Arends and Edgardo is Paul Williamson. Baritone Jeffrey Carl is Enrico.  The best known name is veteran bass Gary Relyea as Raimondo. Giuseppe Macina comes out of retirement to direct, and Sabatino Vacca conducts. http://www.operayork.com/fallseason.html#cast





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Monday, 27 October 2014

This Week in Montreal: October 27 to November 3


Sharon Azrieli Perez

A Masked Ball for Halloween
What better way to spend Halloween than to dress up, put on a mask and go to a ball? McGill Chamber Orchestra’s first Masked Ball fundraiser fills the bill with soprano Sharon Azrieli Perez, mezzo Julie Nesrallah and tenor Antoine Belanger singing excerpts of Bernstein’s West Side Story, Bizet’s Carmen, Verdi’s Un Ballo in maschera and Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann. Hotel Sofitel. Oct. 31. www.ocm-mco.org
- Wah Keung Chan

Belles Sœurs: The Musical
Montreal’s Segal Centre presents the English-language premiere of Belles Sœurs: The Musical. Based on Michel Tremblay’s Les Belles-sœurs, the darkly comedic, bittersweet play about working-class strife in Quebec, circa 1965, is the story of Germaine Lauzon, a Plateau Mont-Royal housewife who wins one million department store trading stamps. Musical mayhem ensues when she invites her closest relatives and friends to celebrate at a raucous stamp-pasting party. Les Belles-sœurs premiered in 1968, and the musical version debuted in 2010. The book & lyrics are by René Richard Cyr, and the music is by Daniel Bélanger. The English book adaptation is by Brian Hill, while Neil Bartram penned the English lyrics. Produced by Montrealer Allan Sandler, the show features an all-female Canadian cast. Oct. 19 to Nov. 9. www.segalcentre.org.
- Naomi Gold

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Cette semaine à Montréal : le 27 octobre au 2 novembre

Rémi Bolduc

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Rémi Bolduc, fois deux
Saxo alto de premier plan en ville, Rémi Bolduc se produira deux fois au cours du mois : le vendredi 9 octobre 18h, il sera en concert à la salle Bourgie du MBAM avec son jazz ensemble; trois semaines plus tard, le vendredi 30, il accueillera en spectacle à la salle Schulich de l’Université McGill un compatriote québécois, François Théberge. Professeur titulaire de saxophone jazz au Conservatoire de Paris, ce dernier tiendra aussi des cours de maître durant la journée sur l’essence même du jazz : l’improvisation. www.remibolduc.com
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Marc Chénard

L’Orchestre Métropolitain dans les arrondissements
Un concert hors série offre aux mélomanes une occasion de célébrer l’Halloween de façon originale, avec le jeune chef Jean-Michel Malouf. Vous y entendrez des œuvres rendues populaires par le film Fantasia de Disney. Solistes : la violoniste Marcelle Mallette et le flûtiste Benjamin Morency. Théâtre Outremont, 30 octobre, 19 h. www.orchestremetropolitain.com
- Renée Banville

MET Live in HD
Dans le cadre de sa 9e saison, la série MET Live in HD diffusera, dans les cinémas du Québec, les opéras Macbeth de Verdi (11 octobre, rediffusions les 10 et 15 novembre), Les Noces de Figaro de Mozart (18 octobre, rediffusion les 6 et 15 décembre), et Carmen de Bizet (1er novembre, rediffusions les 29, 30 novembre et 8 décembre). www.metopera.org
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Justin Bernard

Academy of Ancient Music – pour la première fois à Montréal
Formée à Londres en 1973 par Christopher Hogwood, l’Academy of Ancient Music est un ensemble renommé, spécialisé dans l’interprétation de la musique baroque et classique de 1600 à 1850 sur instruments anciens. Depuis 2006, c’est le claveciniste Richard Egarr qui a pris la succession de Christopher Hogwood. Pour son premier concert à Montréal, l’ensemble joue l’intégrale des Ouvertures de J.S. Bach. Salle Bourgie, 5 novembre, 19 h 30. www.sallebourgie.ca
- Renée Banville

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Sunday, 26 October 2014

The Fur Flies - and the Fun Follows - at the Centaur

By Naomi Gold
photo by David Hou  


CAPTION: Rick Miller plays Thomas/Severin; Carly Street as Vanda/Wanda

The  critically acclaimed two-hander, Venus in Fur is currently playing at Old Montreal's Centaur Theatre. Authored by American playwright David Ives, the show premiered in 2010 and debuted on Broadway a year later.  Ives' work is based on Leopold Ritter von Sacher-Masoch's similarly entitled 1870 novella, an (in)famous work that actually spawned the neologism "masochism".  The Tony-nominated Venus in Fur employs that quintessentially dramatic play-within-a-play device.  It is the story of writer/director Thomas Novachek who's on a quest for talent --and truth.

Novachek has just adapted a new play called Venus in Fur and is auditioning actresses for the role of "Wanda von Dunaiev", a wealthy young widow.  After a disappointing day of lacklustre auditions, Thomas despairs of finding a suitable candidate and calls his fiancée to complain.  Alone in his studio while a thunderstorm rages, he is taken by surprise when wannabe Wanda, Vanda Jordan, suddenly stomps in.  The tacky, obnoxious ditz spews profanities whilst explaining her tardiness, and an increasingly exasperated Thomas prepares to leave.  Vanda persists nonetheless and convinces him to give her a chance.
  
The ostensibly vapid Vanda soon beguiles Thomas with her prodigious acting talent and she asks him to read the part opposite hers.  As "Severin Kusiemski" -- a Polish aristocrat who craves female domination -- Thomas channels his inner submissive and the metatheatrical plot deepens.  V(W)anda has similarly embraced her dominant role as she imparts profound and incontrovertible truths about women. The fun continues as she consistently and irrefutably challenges Thomas' hypocrisy and preconceived notions of gender roles and power in relationships.  Vigorously defending her gender politic dialectic, she lands blow after intellectual blow by exposing androcentric and misogynist archetypes in both the play and the director's psyche. As Vanda's spectacular transformation from crass dilettante to serious thespian unfolds, Thomas is mesmerized.  More compelling however, is her brilliance in dismantling and reversing the underlying power paradigm inherent in audition scenarios --especially ones where male directors, writers or producers are casting women. The show is popularly billed as a sado-masochistic power ...er....play, but -- crops and (BDSM) props aside -- it evokes relationships of all types.   

Centaur Theatre's Canadian Stage Production stars Carly Street and Rick Miller. Earlier this year Street won Dora Mavor Moore and Toronto Theatre Critics awards for best actress. Both deliver outstanding performances.  They are directed by Jennifer Tarver. Runs until November 9th. Ticket prices begin @$27.00; 514-288-3161

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This Week in Toronto (Oct. 27 - Nov. 2)

My concert picks for the week of October 27 to November 2 - Joseph So

Opera Atelier's Alcina (Wallis Giunta, Allyson McHardy, Meghan Lindsay) Photo: Bruce Zinger

The big news in opera this week is Opera Atelier's Alcina, which opened last Thursday at the Elgin Theatre.  Given OA's specialty is baroque opera, it doesn't seem possible that this is OA's first staging of a Handel opera. Well, apparently it is, but better late than never!  I attended the opening night last Thursday Oct. 23, and it was a knockout of a production. For the first time, OA is using video projections to augment its excellent painted tableaux expertly executed by Gerard Gauci. Given its a fantastical story about the sorceress Alcina, moving images make it that much more visually striking. The subtle transformation of landscape and architectural columns into male nude bodies create quite a sensation in the media, although it must be said that there is really no more nudity than one would find in an evening at the ballet!  The true sensation of the evening was the singing.  I will write a full review of this show for a future issue of the British magazine, Opera. For now, I can say this is a show not to be missed!  Excellent singing from everyone, but particularly Allyson McHardy (Ruggiero), Meghan Lindsay (Alcina), Wallis Giunta (Bradamante), and Mireille Asselin (Morgana). Three more shows this week on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday at the Elgin Theatre.  http://www.operaatelier.com/season/14-15-season/

Bass John Relyea (Photo: Shirley Suarez)


At the Toronto Symphony Orchestra this week is a comparative rarity, Elgar's "oratorio" Dream of Gerontius.  I put oratorio in quotation marks as it was said that Elgar didn't want this label for the work, but if truth be told, that's what it is, given its strong Catholicism. This is considered to be among the finest of the genre of British choral music.  Canadian heldentenor Ben Heppner was originally scheduled to sing the title role, but he announced his retirement last April.  In his place is a very suitable replacement in terms of the vocal demands of this dramatic tenor role, Australian tenor Stuart Skelton.  Joining him are British mezzo-soprano Catherine Wyn-Rogers, and Canadian bass John Relyea, one of the finest basses in the world today, although he's still relatively young at 42,  I recall with pleasure seeing his Figaro last August in Ravinia.  Compared that to the first time I saw his Figaro in Santa Fe Opera when he was only 28, he's better than ever.  This is a superb trio of soloists and this is a show not to be missed by all Elgarians. Peter Oundjian conducts the TS forces, Amadeus Choir and the Elmer Iseler Singers. http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/TSODreamGerontius

The Canadian Opera Company's fall season comes to an end this week, with its production of Falstaff and Madama Butterfly. The last Falstaff  is on Nov. 1, your last chance to see and hear the magnificent Falstaff of the great Canadian bass baritone Gerald Finley. There are three more performances of Madama Butterfly on Oct. 28, 30 and 31.  http://www.coc.ca/Home.aspx

Ukrainian Art Song Project: Galicians I

Ukrainian bass-baritone Pavlo Hunka is no stranger to Toronto audiences, having appeared with distinction in several leading roles with the Canadian Opera Company back in the Richard Bradshaw era. In recent years, Hunka continued his association with Toronto (and Canada) through his Ukrainian Song Project. Hunka's goal is to commit to recording the vast repertoire of songs by Ukrainian composers. Back in 2011, I interviewed Hunka about this project, the article, together with a review of the Lysenko recordings, can be found below (click to enlarge image). On Sunday Nov. 2 3 pm, Hunka and several Canadian artists - soprano Monica Whicher, mezzo Krisztina Szabo, baritone Russell Braun, and pianist Albert Krywolt, will be giving a recital at Koerner Hall. This concert, Galicians 1, presents the recently discovered compositions of four Ukrainian composers - the late romantic Denys Sichynsky, post-romantic Stanyslav Liudkevych, impressionist Vasyl Barvinsky and the modernist (and also Ukraine's first female composer) Stefania Turkewich. The event is hosted by Stuart Hamilton and produced by composer Roman Hurko. It is presented under the auspices of  the Ukrainian Art Song Project, an endeavour spearheaded by Pavlo Hunka and supported by Ukrainian communities in Canada and worldwide.  www.ukrainianartsong.ca
https://performance.rcmusic.ca/event/ukrainian-art-song-project-presents-galicians-i-art-songs

   My 2011 interview with Pavlo Hunka about the Ukrainian Art Song Project (click on image to enlarge)

Canadian pianist Janina Fialkowska

Music Toronto is presenting Canadian pianist Janina Fialkowska in recital on Tuesday Oct. 28th 8 pm, at its usual venue, Jane Mallett Theatre, St. Lawrence Centre. On the program are works by Grieg, Schubert, Ravel and Chopin. http://music-toronto.com/piano/Janina_Fialkowksa.htm

Talisker Players (Photo: www.taliskerplayers.ca )

One of my favourite song cycles is Songs of Travel by Ralph Vaughan Williams. It's tailor made for the baritone voice. Last week, baritone Robert Gleadow sang it at the COC noon hour concert, and this week, another fine baritone Geoffrey Sirett is singing this wonderful cycle in a joint recital with soprano Virginia Hatfield and the Talisker Players. The long title is appropriately Songs of Travel: reflections on travel, movement, departures, arrivals and wanderlust. In addition to Vaughan Williams, the program also features works by Louis Applebaum, Vally Weigl, and Elisabeth de la Guerre. Graham Abbey is the actor and reader. The concert is at Trinity St. Paul's Centre on Oct. 29th 8 pm. http://www.taliskerplayers.ca/songsoftravel.html

Another noteworthy event this week is the Second Toronto International Piano Competition, spearheaded by the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto and sponsored by Rolex, Steinway and Sons, as well as the Ontario government.


First Round has already begun, starting Oct. 25th and continues this week, culminating in the Finals to take place at Koerner Hall on November 1st. The high-powered jury panel includes Irish pianist John O'Conor, Canadian James Anagnoson, Italian Fabio Bidini, and the chair is Yoheved Kaplinsky (USA).
http://www.ipianotoronto.ca/

Jury panel member Fabio Bidini performs at Opening Ceremony (Photo: Toronto International Piano Competition 2014)


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Monday, 20 October 2014

This Week in Montreal: October 20 to 26


Aline Kutan

Montreal Lyric Orchestra Debuts
Montreal has a new orchestra: founded by conductors Simon Rivard and Ben Kepes, the Montreal Lyric Orchestra is devoted to vocal works. Its debut concert features soprano Aline Kutan in Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate, Schubert’s An die Musik and Mahler’s 4th symphony with Kutan taking the soprano solo in the 4th movement. Pianist Olivier Godin tackles Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20. Oscar Peterson Hall. Oct. 23. www.montreallyricorchestra.com
- Wah Keung Chan

Belles Sœurs: The Musical
Montreal’s Segal Centre presents the English-language premiere of Belles Sœurs: The Musical. Based on Michel Tremblay’s Les Belles-sœurs, the darkly comedic, bittersweet play about working-class strife in Quebec, circa 1965, is the story of Germaine Lauzon, a Plateau Mont-Royal housewife who wins one million department store trading stamps. Musical mayhem ensues when she invites her closest relatives and friends to celebrate at a raucous stamp-pasting party. Les Belles-sœurs premiered in 1968, and the musical version debuted in 2010. The book & lyrics are by René Richard Cyr, and the music is by Daniel Bélanger. The English book adaptation is by Brian Hill, while Neil Bartram penned the English lyrics. Produced by Montrealer Allan Sandler, the show features an all-female Canadian cast. Oct. 19 to Nov. 9. www.segalcentre.org.
- Naomi Gold

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Cette semaine à Montréal : le 20 au 26 octobre


Yukari Cousineau
L’Orchestre Métropolitain dans les arrondissements
Le concert Vienne en deux temps de l’Orchestre Métropolitain, présenté le 24 octobre à la Maison symphonique, fera la tournée de quatre arrondissements, sous la direction de Julian Kuerti, chef invité principal pour une seconde saison. Yukari Cousineau, violon solo de l’Orchestre Métropolitain, interprétera le Concerto pour violon « À la mémoire d’un ange » de Berg. Aussi au programme : Beethoven et Schubert. Arrondissements Verdun (22), Rivière-des-Prairies (23), Saint-Laurent (25) et Pierrefonds (26). www.orchestremetropolitain.com

Série Tableaux en musique: création d’une œuvre de Julien Bilodeau
Commandée par la Fondation Arte Musica au compositeur Julien Bilodeau, à partir d’une œuvre de la collection du Musée des beaux arts, L’heure mauve lui a été inspirée par le tableau d’Ozias Leduc. Les pianistes Brigitte Poulin et Jean Marchand l’offrent au public en création mondiale. Aussi au programme : Stravinski, Debussy et Decaux. Salle Bourgie, Série Tableaux en musique, 24 octobre, 18h30. www.sallebourgie.ca

Pro Musica en octobre: le Quatuor Belcea
Les membres du Quatuor Belcea harmonisent la diversité de leurs influences en un langage musical commun qui se reflète dans son répertoire. Sa discographie impressionnante lui a valu de grandes distinctions. Œuvres de Mozart, Berg et Brahms. Théâtre Maisonneuve, 26 octobre, 20 h. promusica.qc.ca

À la Chapelle Historique du Bon-Pasteur
Le violoniste Axel Strauss, l’altiste Douglas McNabney, la violoncelliste Élisabeth Dolin et la pianiste Bernadene Blaha forment un nouveau quatuor à géométrie variable. Ces chambristes recherchés proposent un programme d’œuvres de Bloch, Brahms et Mendelssohn. 26 octobre, 15 h 30. www.ville.montreal.qc.ca/chapellebonpasteur

- Renée Banville

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Sunday, 19 October 2014

This Week in Toronto (Oct. 20 - 26)

My Concert Picks for the Week of October 20 to 26

- Joseph So

Soprano Meghan Lindsay and seven men in OA's Alcina (Photo: Bruce Zinger)

Opera Atelier, Canada's premiere Baroque opera company is staging Handel's Alcina as its fall season presentation.  According to OA's publicity material, this marks the first time the Company has used film to enhance traditional painted backdrops so expertly executed by Gerard Gauci.  I have not yet seen any production photos - not available until Oct. 22 - but you can get a taste of the creative process in this Youtube video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUaUyfZxBbk   The cast includes all frequent guests of OA, with soprano Meghan Lindsay in the title role. Also appearing are mezzo Allyson McHardy, soprano Mireille Asselin, and mezzo Wallis Giunta.  The show opens on Thursday Oct. 23 7:30 pm at the Elgin Theatre and goes until Nov. 1. Incidentally, the promotion photo here has soprano Meghan Lindsay naked posing on a stepladder.  I would bet that she will be more fully clad to sing the opera comes opening night. http://www.operaatelier.com/

This week is also the home stretch of the Canadian Opera Company's fall season of Falstaff and Madama Butterfly.  Given its superlative musical and dramatic values, Falstaff is selling extremely well. But there are always returns and rush tickets (not to mention standing room) if you need a ticket.  Do check the COC website the evening before to find out if there will be returns and rush the next morning. My advice is to show up by about 9 am at the box office. Tickets to Madama Butterfly is more plentiful, given there are twelve performances and the opera is performed with regularity at the COC. There's only one performance of the Verdi on Saturday Oct. 25 at 4:40 pm.  Madama Butterfly shows are on Oct. 21, 22, 24, 26. Check the COC website to find out the casting. http://www.coc.ca/Home.aspx

The last free vocal noon hour recital at the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre happens on Thursday Oct. 23, with mezzo Lauren Segal and baritone Robert Gleadow, in works by Dvorak, de Falla, Ibert, and Vaughan Williams.  At the piano is COC chorusmaster Sandra Horst. Details at http://files.coc.ca/pdfs/concert141023.pdf  Be sure to show up an hour ahead to ensure a seat.

Violinist Nicola Benedetti (Photo: Rhys Frampton)

Conductor Stephane Deneve returns to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra to conduct  a Russian program in two performances on Wednesday Oct. 22 at 8 pm, and Thursday Oct. 23 at 2 pm. The flamboyant violinist Nicola Benedetti plays Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No. 1, coupled with Prokofiev's Suite from Romeo and Juliet, arranged by Deneve. The Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra opens the concert with Tchaikovsky's Marche Slave. http://tso.ca/

Conductor Stephane Deneve (Photo:Drew Farrell)


Music Toronto is presenting the Belcea Quartet on Oct. 23 8 pm at the Jane Mallett Theatre. On the program are chamber pieces by Beethoven, Brahms and Schubert. http://music-toronto.com/

Soprano Suzie LeBlanc and countertenor Daniel Taylor are giving a joint recital of Handel Love Duets on Oct. 24 7:30 pm at the Trinity College Chapel, under the auspices of the University of Toronto Faculty of Music. In addition to Handel, on the program are works by Monteverdi and Cavalli. http://www.music.utoronto.ca/site5.aspx

Canadian Opera Ccompany Music Director Johannes Debus


The Canadian Opera Company Music Director Johannes Debus is giving the Hermann Geiger-Torel Lecture on Monday Oct. 20 7:30 pm at Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building. The title of his talk is "Applause, applause - a homage to the symbiotic artist-audience relationship." http://www.music.utoronto.ca/events/calendar/vis141020.htm






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