This Week in Toronto (Dec. 30 - Jan. 5)
- Joseph So
With Christmas comes a bevy of Messiahs and other religious programming, but in the week after, there aren't a whole lot of concert choices. Thanks to Attila and Marion Glatz of Glatz Concert Productions, there are two events well worth considering. The 2013 edition of Bravissimo is an opera concert that has become quite a tradition in Toronto the last few years, fast catching up to its big brother, Salute to Vienna, long a popular light classics show on New Year's Day. Both events will be at Roy Thomson Hall.
This year's Bravissimo stars five opera singers, four of them well known to Toronto audiences. Canadian baritone James Westman is enjoying a fine career as a Verdi baritone, received critical acclaim recently as Ford in Opera Hamilton's Falstaff and as baritone soloist in the TSO's Carmina Burana. Mezzo Wallis Giunta, a former member of the COC Ensemble Studio, will sing Dorabella in COC's Cosi fan tutte in January/February. American soprano Erika Sunnegardh wowed TO audiences as a sensational Salome last spring. Italian tenor Emanuele D'Anguanno was Cassio in COC's Otello four seasons ago. New to Toronto audiences is American soprano Rebecca Nelsen.
Joining the soloists are members of the Orpheus Choir and Chorus Niagara under the direction of Robert Cooper. Leading the Opera Canada Symphony, a "pick-up orchestra" made up of mostly local free lance musicians, is veteran maestro Roberto Paternostro. The program includes selections from La traviata, Rigoletto and Aida. Tuesday 7 pm Roy Thomson Hall. http://www.glatzconcerts.com/#!bravissimo/c1quk / http://roythomson.com/eventdetail/bravissimo