Two new shows have been announced for late January/early February. First up is Opera 5 with a double bill at the Arts and Letters Club from January 23rd through 25th at 7.30pm. This show will feature the world premier of Montreal-based composer Darren Russo’s Storybook partnered with Emanuel Wolf-Ferrari’s Il segreto di Susanna. Singers involved include Emma Parkinson, Leigh-Ann Allen, Christopher Mayell, Geoffrey Sirett, Geoffrey Penar, and Rachel Krehm. This performance will mark the second new opera commission by the company and their second performance collaboration with Toronto Pop Up Orchestra, who will accompany the show. Evan Mitchell will conduct. Aria Umezawa will direct the Russo with the Wolf-Ferrari in the hands of Grace Smith. In typical Opera 5 fashion custom cocktails will be available for purchase before the show and during the intermission. Tickets are available online ($25.00 Early Bird – available until Jan 10th, $30.00 Students, $35.00 GA) or on the door ($30.00 Students/$35.00 GA).
Then on February 1st at 2.30pm Voicebox:Opera in Concert will present Kurt Weill’s Street Scene; a look at tenement life in New York City circa 1946, based on Elmer Rice’s play of the same name, with lyrics by Langston Hughes. The cast includes Monica Whicher, Jennifer Taverner, Colin Ainsworth and Diego Catala. Robert Cooper conducts and it looks like it’s orchestral accompaniment. This one is at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Performing Arts and tickets are $52 and $73 available from the StLC box office by phone or on-line.