Join us and experience the Canadian Opera Company's star-studded new production of Rusalka, on stage at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W., Toronto. Rusalka: Sondra Radvanovsky, soprano Vodník: Stefan Kocan, bass Ježibaba: Elena Manistina, mezzo-soprano Prince: Pavel Cernoch, tenor Foreign Princess: Keri Alkema, soprano With the COC Orchestra & Chorus conducted by COC music director Johannes Debus and Sandra Horst. “Rooted in classic mermaid mythology, Rusalka is the tale of a sensitive water nymph that falls for a charming prince. Desperate to join him, she enlists the help of the witch Ježibaba, and sacrifices her voice and idyllic immortality in water for human life on land. But the prince has a fickle heart and Rusalka soon finds that she’s an outcast in both realms. Haunting her is the knowledge that a single dark solution remains if she’s ever to reverse her fate. In 1900, the Czech poet Jaroslav Kvapil presented Dvorak with a libretto based on the popular tale. It struck the established composer as a compelling idea for an opera and their fanciful new work premiered in Prague on March 31, 1901." Sung in Czech with English subtitles. Performance time is approximately three hours and 30 minutes, including two intermissions. For more information and tickets: https://www.coc.ca/productions/18705 Single tickets on sale: Monday, 26 August, 2019. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- About the singers: Stefan Kocan (Slovakian) has performed at many theaters including the Met, Covent Garden, La Scala and Berlin State Opera. He possesses an exciting voice and commands an impressive stage presence. Biography http://www.stefankocan.net/biography/my-story/. Sondra Radvanovsky is considered by many the premier Verdi soprano of her generation. She is of Czech descent from her father. Pavel Cernoch, a talented native Czech tenor, will sing the Prince. Here is a clip of his "nessun dorma": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0DMWrWayss Elena Manistina was born into a family of singers and completed her studies at the Moscow Conservatory. Her engagement this season include the COC, Opera de Paris and the Met. Keri Alkema is an alumna of the first graduating class of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program. With her “rich, full vocal presence” (Toronto Star), Keri has been in demand at the world’s top opera houses.
- TURANDOT by The Canadian Opera Company
Join us for an exciting night at the opera: Puccini's TURANDOT Wednesday, Oct[masked] at 7:30 pm Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts 145 Queen Street West, Toronto Cast Turandot - Marjorie Owens Calaf - Kamen Chanev Liù - Vanessa Vasquez Timur - Stefan Kocan Ping - Adrian Timpau Pang - Julius Ahn Pong - Joseph Hu The Mandarin - Joel Allison The Prince of Persia - Matthew Cairns Canadian Opera Company Orchestra & Chorus, and the Canadian Children’s Opera Company Conductor - Carlo Rizzi Sung in Italian with English subtitles. Length: approximately two and half hours More information and tickets: https://www.coc.ca/productions/18680 Single tickets on sale: Monday, 26 August, 2019. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
- FREE Intro To Woodwinds Workshop
This workshop is specially designed for anyone interested in learning saxophone, flute, clarinet, oboe, or bassoon, as well as any music teacher curious about how to teach woodwinds. Paul Carter, a Woodwind Doubler and Mint Music Instructor, will start the seminar by introducing each instrument and give demonstrations on what makes each of them unique (dynamics, range, how they are made, what gives them their sound, etc...) and why they are fun to play. Most importantly, volunteers from the audience will then be given an opportunity to experience demo lessons taught by Paul. Drawing on his extensive teaching and musical experience Paul will show that there’s simply nothing that should hold anyone back from playing any woodwind regardless of age or prior musical experience. Paul will also explain the differences between instruments in embouchure, hand position, posture and breathing. For music teachers a variety of teaching methods, approaches and solutions to common teaching challenges specific to woodwinds will be covered. After the presentation and demo lessons Paul will open the floor to any questions the audience might have about woodwinds, lessons and music in general. The masterclass will end with an overview of what individual lessons, ensemble and band options exist at Mint Music and The Toronto Guitar School who are co-sponsors of this event and where Paul is an instructor. Please join us for a this special woodwind masterclass guaranteed to inspire and enlighten potential students and music teachers alike with a fresh and innovative approach to teaching woodwinds. Bio: As an award-winning multi-instrumentalist specializing in saxophones, flutes, clarinets, oboe, and bassoon, Paul Carter has played in dozens of musical theatre pits across the country. Some of his credits include: The Producers, Chicago, Annie, West Side Story, Mary Poppins, and The Phantom of the Opera. Paul has performed alongside Grammy award-winning musician Cleo Laine, jazz legend Benny Golson, and has recorded for eight time Academy Award winner Alan Menken. He teaches Classical, Jazz, Blues, Pop, and Rock in many schools, music camps, community programs, and studios in Toronto and Montreal. Paul uses gentle encouragement and various practice techniques and exercises to push his students to be the best they can be on their instruments. With his extensive musical knowledge and passionate instruction, he inspires his students by introducing them to new styles, teaches them how to express music beyond just playing notes, and most importantly how to actually have fun while practicing.
Join us and experience the Canadian Opera Company's production of Verdi's AIDA, on stage at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W., Toronto. Aida - Tamara Wilson Radames - Russell Thomas Amneris - Clémentine Margaine Amonasro - Roland Wood Ramfis - Goderdzi Janelidze King of Egypt - Richard Wiegold Messenger - Matthew Cairns Priestess - Simona Genga Conductor Jader Bignamini With the COC Orchestra & Chorus ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Aida is a captive slave princess in the Egyptian court. She shares a secret love with the warrior Radames, who in turn is desired by the Egyptian princess Amneris. When Aida’s father, King Amonasro, is captured as well, he asks Aida to help him find out Radames’ battle plans. Aida is successful and Radames is accused of treason and sentenced to be buried alive in a tomb. Aida joins her lover in death, leaving Amneris haunted and heartbroken. Aida is often described as the most spectacular opera that Verdi has written. The opera premiered in Cairo on 24 December 1871 to the enjoyment of all but the composer, who considered its performance at La Scala the following year the real premiere. The composer, who was also conducting the orchestra, was recalled on stage 32 times and received an ivory baton decorated with a diamond star, with the name of Aida in rubies and his own in other precious stones. "The production’s all-star cast features American soprano Tamara Wilson, who returns to Toronto after singing Turandot in the COC’s fall 2019 production, to take on the title role; her performance as Aida was declared “flawless” (Schmopera) when she sang it for Washington National Opera. American tenor Russell Thomas brings his “immense voice and gleaming high notes” (Opera Wire) to the role of Radames. Georgian bass Goderdzi Janelidze is the high priest Ramfis and French mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine is the princess Amneris, while Welsh bass Richard Wiegold sings the part of her father, the king of Egypt. Baritone Roland Wood makes his role debut as Amonasro. Italian conductor Jader Bignamini returns to Toronto to make his COC mainstage debut, leading the COC Orchestra in one of Verdi’s greatest gifts to grand opera; Bignamini last conducted the COC Orchestra in 2017’s dazzling Trio Magnifico concert, featuring soprano Anna Netrebko. Price Family Chorus Master Sandra Horst leads the COC Chorus through Aida’s rousing choral numbers." ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sung in Italian with English SURTITLES. Performance time is approximately two hours and 50 minutes, including one intermission. For more information and tickets: https://www.coc.ca/productions/18731 Single tickets on sale: Monday, 26 August, 2019.
- Live in HD at the Met Encore - Donizetti's Maria Stuarda
Gaetano Donizetti's Maria Stuarda June 20,[masked] noon ET This Donizetti’s bel canto showcase, focused on the political and personal rivalry between two queens, returns to the Met with Diana Damrau as the doomed Mary, Queen of Scots, and Jamie Barton as her rival, Queen Elizabeth I. Stephen Costello sings the role of Mary’s lover, Leicester; Andrzej Filonczyk is the chancellor Cecil; and Michele Pertusi sings the Earl Talbot. Maurizio Benini conducts Sir David McVicar’s sweeping production. For a detail synopsis of the opera, go to https://www.metopera.org/discover/synopses/maria-stuarda/ • Sung in Italian with English subtitles • Length of broadcast: 3 hours 6 minutes including intermission Purchase your ticket at https://www.cineplex.com/Showtimes/maria-stuarda-donizetti-italian-west-metropolitan-opera-2020/scotiabank-theatre-toronto?Date=6/20/2020 A single ticket cost $29 adult/$28 senior. Your host, Amy, will be in seat H21. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ After the show, we'll meet at the same meeting spot that we met before the opera (outside Auditorium 1) and if the group is interested, go to Café Crêpe (https://cafecrepe.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Cafe_Crepe_Toronto-Menu-Dec-2017.pdf), 246 Queen Street West, for refreshment and to discuss the performance.