Here are details on some forthcoming new and/or amended shows. November 17th – 19th Toronto Masque Theatre are performing a double bill of Handel’s Apollo and Daphne featuring Jacqueline Woodley & Geoffrey Sirett performing alongside Montreal dancer Stéphaie Brochard. Larry Beckwith will lead a period instrument orchestra. It’s coupled with Richard Strauss’ Enoch Arden for spoken voice and piano. It will be performed by actor Frank Cox-O’Connell & pianist Angela Park. That one is at the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse at 8pm. Tickets and details here.
Then on November 22nd at 7pm at Club 120 in Toronto, LooseTEA Theatre presents a radically re-visioned Carmen. “With a new English libretto by Alaina Viau, and with the collaboration of sound artist SlowPitchSound, Carmen will be presented not as a love story, but a class story. It is a gendered story, one that is driven by inequality and abuses of power—by conflict, struggle, and hope.”. If you saw Disassociative Me you will know more or less what to expect. Carmen will be sung by mezzo-soprano Erica Iris, John Anderson (Don José) by tenor Ryan Harper, Michaela (Micaëla) by Beth Hagerman, and Ricardo (Escamillo) by baritone Andrey Andreychik. The work will be sung in English with Alaina Viau as librettist & director and Natasha Fransblow as music director. The show will run 55 minutes with one intermission featuring piano accompaniment and sound design by SlowPitchSound. LooseTEA Theatre is using this performance (a work in progress) as a fundraiser to further complete the production. Tickets: $30 in advance available at looseteacarmen.eventbrite.ca or $35 at the door.
Then on November 23rd at 8pm at Koerner Hall Soundstreams are presenting a replacement for their previously advertised concert featuring the Nelson Mandela University Choir. The choir’s North American tour has been cancelled because of the ongoing student protests in South Africa. The replacement show sticks to the original theme with Music of the Rainbow Nation which will explore Canadian and South African cultural identity featuring actors Kim Sanssoucie and Batsile Ramasodi, vocalist Lorraine Klassen, The Rainbow Chorus, opera singer Justin Hopkins, and a percussion ensemble led by Ryan Scott. Details and tickets here.