There are a few new interesting shows coming up. Fawn Chamber Creative have announced a fully staged production of Adam Scime’s L’homme et le ciel. This has been in the works for a while. I missed last year’s workshop performance but caught an excerpt from Bicycle Opera Project. It made me want to see the whole thing. The piece takes its story from the 2nd century Christian literary text The Shepherd of Hermas, and depicts the journey of a male slave named Hermas as he struggles to accept his humanity within the parameters of his faith. Hermas, a pious man, has spent his life striving to live a righteous life, only to discover that there are elements of human instinct that cannot be denied. Hermas’ break in self-concept leads him down a path of discovery through a series of out of body interactions and revelations, which slowly bring him closer to understanding. Music by Adam Scime, libretto by Ian Koiter. Amanda Smith directs and the singers are Alexander Dobson, Larissa Koniuk and Adanya Dunn. It’s playing at The Music Gallery on December 3rd and 4th at 8pm. Tickets here.
Also at The Music Gallery at 8pm on November 21st, The Toy Piano Composers have a show of six new works; Joseph Glaser’s Ip-Switch, James Lowrie’s Yahoo Questions, Patrick McGraw’s, CPT (for TPC), Julia Mermelstein’s Cycle Scope, Matthew Tozer’s Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery and Xintong Wang’s Grow Up. Performers include Maureen Batt, soprano and Jesse Clark, baritone with a chamber ensemble conducted by Pratik Gandhi. Tickets are $15 adv/student/Music Gallery Member from toypianocomposers.com or $20 at the door.
On a rather different note, Voicebox: Opera in Concert are doing Borodin’s Prince Igor. Geoffrey Sirett sings the title role and he is joined by debutants Natalya Matyusheva, Deanna Pauletto and Andrey Andreychik. Also in the cast are Adam Fisher and Giles Tomkins and the Voicebox chorus. Narmina Afandiyeva will play piano and act as musical director. Stage director is Guillermo Silva-Marin. This one is on Sunday November 21st at the Jane Mallett Theatre. Tickets available at www.stlc.com. Uncut, Prince Igor runs over three hours so expect a fairly truncated version.