This Week in Toronto (Oct. 20 - 26)
- Joseph So
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.
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/
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
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