Enjoy heaven, La Stupenda Diva
For us earthlings, listening tips for the rest of October:
Tonight, 8:oo EST: Vivavoce plays
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio)
Edita Gruberova [Konstanze], Kathleen Battle [Blonde], Gösta Winbergh [Belmonte], Vienna State Opera Concert Chorus, Vienna Philharmonic, Sir Georg Solti (conductor) Listen here
(thanks to THẢ DIỀU for the Vivavoce info)
16 October — The Opera Exchange: Death in Venice gets new life in Toronto
9:30-10:30 Stephen Ralls and Steuart Bedford “Personal Reflections on the Premiere”
10:30-11:15 Lloyd Whitesell, Schulich School of Music, McGill University “Notes of Unbelonging”
11:15-11:45 Coffee break
11:45-1:00 Linda Hutcheon, Michael Hutcheon, Kimberly Canton, Amelia DeFalco, Katherine Larson, and Helmut Reichenbächer, with Lawrence Williford (tenor) “Britten’s Last Years and Late Style”
Tickets can also be purchased at the door
If you’re not there or decide to leave early, you can catch
October 16, 1:00 p. m. — CBC Saturday Afternoon at the Opera plays Carlo, Re d’Allemagna by Alessandro Scarlatti. Stavanger Sinfoniorkester (Norway), Fabio Biondi, violin & conductor. Voices: Romina Basso, contralto [King Lotario I, Emperor of Germany] / Roberta Invernizzi, soprano [Princess Giuditta, Empress Dowager] / Marina de Liso, mezzo-soprano [Princess Gildippe, her daughter] / Marianne B. Kielland, mezzo-soprano [Prince Adalgiso, Lotario’s son] / Carlo Vincentio Allemano, tenor [Berardo, a knight]. To listen online, click here (select Eastern Time).
16 October, 7:30 p. m. — Death in Venice opens at the COC
20 21 October, 8:00 p.m. — Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Idomeneo on Vivavoce
Anthony Rolfe Johnson (tenor) [Idomeneo], Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo-soprano) [Idamante], Sylvia McNair [Ilia], Hillevi Martinpelto [Elettra], The Monteverdi Choir, The English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner (conductor). Listen here. This is one of (many, granted) von Otter’s best roles.
29 October, 8:00 p. m. — Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro on Vivavoce
Thomas Hampson (baritone) [Count Almaviva], Kiri Te Kanawa (soprano) [Countess Almaviva], Dawn Upshaw (soprano) [Susanna], Ferruccio Furlanetto (bass) [Figaro], Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo-soprano) [Cherubino], Tatiana Troyanos [Marcellina], The Metropolitan Opera Chorus, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine (conductor) An all-star cast. If you don’t already own the CD, listen here
30 October, 7:30 p. m. Opera Atelier opens Acis and Galatea. Description, cast, tickets here. WholeNote did a profile of OA’s Artistic Directors Marshall Pynkoski and Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg, which is worth checking out.
31 October, 10 a. m., Varsity Cinema at Manulife, 55 Bloor W — General Manager of the Met Peter Gelb will be talking about The Met: Live in HD and how broadcasting is changing opera. To purchase tickets and get more info: click.