Toronto Masque Theatre 2016/17

apollodaphneToronto Masque Theatre have announced their 2016/17 season.  There are two main stage productions and three salon concerts.  First of the main stage shows is a double bill of  Handel’s dramatic cantata Apollo and Daphne with Jacqueline Woodley and Geoffrey Sirett and dancer Stéphaie Brochard, directed and choreographed by Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière paired with Richard Strauss’s Enoch Arden based on the epic poem by Tennyson, performed by actor Derek Boyes and pianist Angela Park.  This one is at 8:00 pm on November 17th, 18th and 19th with a pre-show event at 7:15 pm each evening at the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse.

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Under Many a Star

Lara-Dodds-EdenSo, my second DMA recital of the week.  This time that fine collaborative pianist Lara Dodds-Eden.  Walter Hall was alive with sound before the recital proper started with Ben McCarthy’s electronic piece menagerie playing over the speakers; birdsong, rainforest and crackly vinyl.  The first piece on the program proper was Fauré’s La chanson d’Ève sung by Danika Lorèn.  These songs are a good showcase for Danika’s many excellent qualities.  It was all there.  The diction, the easy upward extension, the beautiful and varied colours.  Nice!  And a good start for Lara showing her sympathetic qualities in classical artsong.

Next up was Alex Samaras with Ned Rorem’s As Adam Early in the Morning.  Alex is an interesting singer with a background in a variety of styles of which classical tenor probably isn’t one so it was a very different take on the Rorem than I might have expected.  This was proving to be quite an enterprising program.  Szymanowski’s Mythes for violin (Sheila Jaffé) and piano was also an enterprising choice.  It’s a good piece for showing off musicianship and sensitivity to the modern idiom and good to have a chance for Lara to show a skill other than accompanying a vocalist.

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