Upcoming shows

Toronto Operetta Theatre have announced casting for their production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado which runs December 27, 28 (mat), 31 (New Year’s Eve Gala), 2014 and January 2, 3, 4, (mat), 2015 t the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts. Evening performances start at 8 pm and matinees at 2pm. The cast is headed up by Lucia Cesaroni as Yum Yum; which is kind of the effect she has on a lot of people, including Adrian Kramer who will sing Nanky Poo.  Joseph Angelo takes the role of KoKo, the beleaguered Lord High Executioner and David Ludwig takes on Poo Bah, the Lord High Everything Else. Mia Lennox will be Katisha, the Daughter in Law Elect of the Mikado of Japan who will be sung by Giles Tomkins.  Also featured are Greg Finney and Domenico Sanfilippo as Pish Tush, Brittany King as Pitti Sing and Daria Bukhman and Kaili Kinnon as Peep Bo.  Derek Bates conducts and Guillermo Silva-Martin directs.  For tickets and information call the Box Office at 416-366-7723 or 1-800-708-6754 or online at http://www.stlc.com.

Toronto Masque Theatre will perform Handel’s Acis and Galatea onJanuary 15, 16 & 17, 2015, at 8:00 pm at the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse.  There will be a pre-show at 7.15pm.  The cast is as follows:

Lawrence Wiliford, tenor, as Acis
Teri Dunn, soprano, as Galatea
Peter McGillivray, baritone, as Polyphemus
Graham Thomson, tenor, as Damon

Larry Beckwith will direct an ensemble of historically-informed performance practice specialists.  The chorus will be drawn from members of Schola Cantorum from the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto.  Tickets are $50 for regular; $43 for seniors; $20 for those 30 and under. Available online via Toronto Masque Theatre or by calling 416 410 4561.

The Canadian Opera Company will announce their 2015/16 season at the Four Seasons Centre on January 14.  Current subscribers are invited, as no doubt are the press.  I don’t know if there is any other way to get an invite.  Last year’s do was quite glitzy and rather fun.  I shall of course be doing my annual pointless speculation post nearer the date.

Also, a quick reminder of two previously announced events.  Tomorrow at Roy Thomson Hall you can hear Angela Meade and the  Turin Royal Theatre in a concert performance of Rossini’s William Tell and next week sees the opening of Against the Grain’s Uncle John.  Once again this has been heralded by very slick online marketing.  Here’s my favourite.

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