The mezzos are MIA

The mezzos are MIA

Got the Massey Hall & Roy Thomson Hall 10/11 program in the mail. The International Vocal Recitals will showcase the following sopranos: Angela Gheorghiu (April ’11), Sumi Jo (April ’11), Nicole Cabell (February ’11) and Measha Brueggergosman (November ’10)

Toronto Symphony Orchestra has a Renée Fleming recital in December.

Over at the Opera Atelier, there are no trouser roles in the forthcoming Acis & Galatea, and worst of all, their Clemenza di Tito will have a male soprano in the role of Sesto. (Mireille Lebel will appear as Annio.)

Opera Erratica cast a woman and a man in Orlando/Lunaire mashup of Handel with Schoenberg.

Somewhat better news at the Canadian Opera Company. This season there will be too many operas with no mezzos at all (Death in Venice,  The Magic Flute, Nixon in China, and Orfeo ed Euridice with, alas, the countertenor Lawrence Zazzo as Orfeo to Isabel Bayrakdarian‘s Euridice), but we’ll also be able to see the mezzo Alice Coote as the Composer in Ariadne, a Cenerentola with Elisabeth DeShong and to open the season, the out and fab lezzie Jill Grove in the role of Amneris in Aida.

To sum up: nowhere near enough, with a couple of gems. Whaddup, town? All mezzos otherwise engaged? Here’s some mezzo rage for you, courtesy of Joyce DiDonato


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