Browsing: This Week in Toronto

Quebec conductor Yannick Nezet-Seguin leads the Rotterdam Philharmonic at Roy Thomson HallPhoto: Marco BorggreveToronto classical music lovers rejoice – your cups truly runneth over this week! The opera and the symphony are both in full swing, plus there are a number of special events, including several eminent international artists in town for recitals and workshops. For me, the highest profile visitor this week is Quebec wunderkind Yannick Nezet-Seguin who is making a stop at Roy Thomson Hall, this time with his own band, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, as part of their North American Tour. The single performance takes place on…

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Georgian mezzo Anita Rachvelishvili as CarmenPhoto: Teatro della Scala, MilanoThe big news for Toronto opera fans this week is the arrival of Georgian mezzo Anita Rachvelishvili to sing the last four performances of Carmen at the Canadian Opera Company (Feb. 17, 20, 23, 27). Only 25 years old, Rachvelishvili was plucked out of the La Scala young artists program by conductor Daniel Barenboim to sing the title role of Carmen that opened the La Scala season last December 7. Despite the incredible pressure, Rachvelishvili received favourable notices and a well deserved ovation from a highly critical opening night audience. While…

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Friday, March 6, 2009 This Week in Toronto (Mar. 7 – 13) Nicole Cabell’s Debut Disc on Decca. Cabell sings a recital at Roy Thomson Hall on Sunday March 8. (Photo: Decca Records) With the weather finally warming up this weekend, it’s time to come out of hibernation and sample some of the music around town. This Saturday at the Cineplex movie houses, we have a continuation of the Met in HD season with Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. This production is significant in the history of the Met Opera in more ways than one. It ushered in the Peter Gelb era…

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