La Scena Musicale

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

This Week in Toronto (Jan. 3 - 9)

Photo: Lucia Cesaroni (Adele)

Photo: Laura Albino (Rosalinda) and Keith Klassen (Alfred)

Photo: Laura Albino (Rosalinda) and Adam Luther (Eisenstein) in Toronto Operetta Theatre's Die Fledermaus

Photo: Deborah Voigt (Minnie) and Marcello Giordani (Dick Johnson) in Metropolitan Opera's La fanciulla del West (photo courtesay of Met Opera)

The first week of January is always rather thin musically in Toronto - my guess is that concert organizers think we are still recovering from holiday hangovers, or from travelling chaos, or both. The TSO is currently in a Florida tour and won't start up in TO for another two weeks, and the COC for another three - yikes, what are opera lovers to do?! Thank goodness there is the Toronto Operetta Theatre's Die Fledermaus, now onstage at Jane Mallet Theatre for a total of 8 performances from Dec. 28 to Jan. 9. This opera is really great fun, and the buzz is that this revival is highly enjoyable. The cast include real life couple soprano Laura Albino and tenor Adam Luther as Rosalinda and Eisenstein, one of those rare occasions that a tenor is singing a baritone role. TOT and OIC regular Keith Klassen, with his great comic timing, is the droll Alfredo. Up and coming soprano Lucia Cesaroni is Adele. COC's Derek Bate conducts; Guillermo Silva-Marin, the artistic director of TOT and OIC directs. Details at

Also eagerly anticipated is the Met in HD La fanciulla del West, starring soprano Deborah Voigt and tenor Marcello Giordani. Sheriff Jack Rance is Italian baritone Lucio Gallo. I saw Voigt sing Minnie at the San Francisco Opera last June, and she acted up a storm - maybe not very Italianate in timbre, but this is a spaghetti western anyway! The Met revives this in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of this work. I still remember Renata Tebaldi as an unforgettable Minnie at the Met in 1970, conducted by veteran Fausto Cleva. The Met in HD is at selected Cineplex cinemas in the GTA this Saturday at 1 p.m. Go to for details.



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