Toronto Masque Theatre’s season features an intriguing mixture of old and new. First up is a contemporary show. It’s Dean Burry’s take on the mumming tradition in his native Newfoundland. The Enoch Turner Schoolhouse is the venue for this retelling of the St George legend with soprano Shannon Mercer as the saint. It tells of his encounters with a rival knight and dragon (both played by mezzo soprano Marion Newman) and romance with the mysterious Princess Zebra (tenor Christopher Mayell). I think you get the general idea. The Mummers’ Masque is on at 8:00pm, 17th-19th December 2015 with a pre-show event at 7:15 pm each evening.
The big classic show is Henry Purcell’s The Fairy Queen. It’s very much a masque with all sorts of interpolations loosely strung together by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The cast includes sopranos Vania Chan, Charlotte Knight and Juliet Beckwith, alto Simon Honeyman, tenors Jonathan Honeyman and James Tuttle and baritones Alexander Dobson and David Roth along with actors, dancers and an instrumental ensemble led from the violin by Larry Beckwith. Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière directs.
The show is on 27th-29th May 2016 at 8:00 pm at Heliconian Hall.
There are also two “salons” in The Atrium at 21 Shaftesbury Avenue. 20th October at 7.30pm sees Ben Jonson & the Masque with Katherine Hill, soprano and viola da gamba, Derke Boyes, actor, and Larry Beckwith, tenor and violin. Then on 29th February, also at 7.30pm there is A Passage to India. This is a look at the music and poetry of India that inspired TMT’s latest commission The Man Who Married Himself (composer Juliet Palmer , librettist Anna Chatterton)which will be premiered in the 2016/17 season.
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