Heating up

Faculty_of_Music,_University_of_Toronto_-_from_Philosopher's_Walk_-_DSC09874Next week things get rather busy.  There’s all the Hannigan shenanigans at UoT ; lecturing, masterclassing, concerting, walking on water, details here.  There are a couple of lunchtime concerts in the RBA.  Tuesday sees Gordon Bintner and Charles Sy perform Schumann’s Liederkreis and Britten’s Les Illuminations while on Thursday Jean-Philippe Fortier-Lazure appears with the members of the COC Orchestra Academy and their mentors.

On Thursday at 8pm at Roy Thomson Hall there is the first of three performances of a semi-staged Mozart Requiem K626 directed by Joel Ivany.  The soloists are Lydia Teuscher,   Allyson McHardy, Frédéric Antoun and Philippe Sly.  Bernard Labadie conducts.  Looks like a chamber scale performance (which I guess it would have to be to fit everyone on stage) and should be an interesting follow up to Joel’s previous stagings of works not intended for the stage. There are further performances on Friday at 7.30pm and Saturday at 8pm.

Last, but certainly not least, the COC gets underway again on Saturday at the Four Seasons Centre with the first performance of Wagner’s Siegfried.  It’s a revival of François Girard’s production with Stefan Vinke in the title role and the redoubtable Christine Goerke as Brünnhilde. Alan Held, Phillip Ens, Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke, Christopher Purves and Jacquie Woodley round out the cast. Johannes Debus conducts. It’s a 6.30pm curtain. There are a further six performances running until February 14.

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