I didn’t do a preview post on Sunday so let’s remedy that with one covering the balance of this week and next week. Carmen continues at the COC with the first chance to see the second cast tomorrow evening. There’s also a slew of lunchtime concerts in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre:
- Russell Thomas, Don José in Carmen, is on Thursday 21st with a program of that includes Schumann’s Dichterliebe.
- The next day, Clementine Margaine, the second cast Carmen, performs French and Spanish love songs.
- On Tuesday 26th, Simone Osborne, the first cast Micaëla, has a program including Debussy’s Ariettes oubliées as well as works by Matthew Emery, Mozart and Cole Porter.
- Thursday 28th sees the annual collaboration between the Ensemble Studio and their counterparts from Montreal.
All of these are at noon and are free.
Sunday 24th at 3pm, Wales’ very own Wotan, Bryn Terfel, is appearing at Koerner Hall. It’s a very varied program. Details here.
Thursday 28th is the first of three evenings of Peepshow by Liederwölfe at Campbell House. My preview is here.
Friday 29th sees the opening at the COC of Rossini’s rarely seen Maometto II in a production by David Alden. It’s transplanted pretty much cast and all from the Santa Fe Festival where it got very good reviews. It runs until May 14th.
Friday is also the first of three performances of Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia from MYOpera with Christina Campsall in the title role. It’s staged but with piano accompaniment. This one plays in the Aki Studio at the Daniels Spectrum and there also performances on Saturday and Sunday (matinée). Details.
There’s also Toronto Operetta Theatre’s Los Gavilanes. It’s a zarzuela by Jacinto Guerroro featuring Miriam Khalil and Ernesto Ramirez. There are evening performances on Wednesday 27th and Friday 29th with matinées on Saturday and Sunday.