There a few things coming up in Toronto over the next week or two that might be worth a look.
Tomorrow at noon in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre Lauren Segal and Robert Gleadow accompanied by Sandra Horst are giving a free concert featuring Dvořák’s Gypsy Songs, de Falla’s Siete canciones populares Españolas, Ibert’s Chansons de Don Quichotte and Vaughan Williams’ Songs of Travel.
On Friday the Canadian Institute for Czech Music. in conjunction with Opera by Request, are putting on a performance of Dvorak’s rarely seen Jakobin. It will be semi-staged with a chamber ensemble accompanying. The cast includes Michael Robert-Broder, Michele Cusson, John Holland, Lenard Whiting, Danielle Dudycha and Ryan Harper. It’s at 7.30 pm at Trinity St. Paul’s and tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door.
There are two events on Thursday 30th. The TSO is performing Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius with Catherine Wyn-Rogers, Stuart Skelton, and John Relyea. It’s at 7.30 pm and there’s a half price offer on tickets. Use promo code FALLFORTE. It’s good for either performance, Also that evening Astana Opera are giving a concert performance at the Sony Centre. For those not aware, they are the national opera company of Kazakhstan. The programme is called Voice of Asia and will include Kazakh folk songs, solos from operas by Kazakh composers Zhubanov-Khamidi, Rakhmadiev, and Mukhamejanov, arias from operas by Rossini, Verdi, Bernstein, Offenbach, and Borodin plus Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. Tickets are $25-$75. I’m intrigued and would definitely go except that I’m off to the Elgar instead.
Heading into November, on the 13th, Lucia CesaroniI and Adrian Kramer together with dancer-choreographer Jennifer Nichols are putting on a recital with dance at The Extension Room. There will be singing and dancing to music by Verdi, Mascagni, Poulenc, Part and Bernstein as well as Canzoni Napoletane plus a bar! Tickets are $30 GA and $20 students. They are available from http://www.luciacesaroni.com/. More about this later as I shall be talking to Lucia about the project and how she’s doing as a Rhinemaiden (swimmingly I’m told).
There are still multiple opportunities to catch the COC’s Madama Butterfly or even get a rush for the sold out Falstaff plus Opera Atelier’s version of Handel’s Alcina opens tomorrow.