Browsing: This Week in Toronto

Toronto Concert Picks for the Week of March 2 to 8Joseph SoSiberian-born Russian violinist Vadim Repin makes his Toronto recital debut on March 6th 8 pm at Koerner Hall, in a program of works by Ravel, Debussy, Bartok, Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky. Called the Russian Paganini thanks to his dazzling technique, Repin is appearing here with pianist Svetlana Smolina. http://www.showoneproductions.ca/event-details-213.aspxViolinist Vadim RepinToronto Symphony Orchestra’s New Creations Festival that began last week continues with two major events. First is the North American premiere of Danish composer Hans Abrahamsen’s Let me tell you, to take place on Wednesday, March 4th 8 pm. Also…

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Toronto Concert Picks for the Week of February 23 to March 1- Joseph SoEven with the Canadian Opera Company’s winter season consigned to history, there are still plenty of worthwhile events for voice fans. Soprano Barbara Hannigan returns to Toronto for several concerts this week and next. The Nova Scotia born, Amsterdam-based Hannigan studied voice with Mary Morrison at University of Toronto and went on to become the queen of contemporary music. A number of composers have created works with Hannigan in mind. She is in town for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s annual New Creations Festival, which is showcasing the…

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My Toronto Concert Picks for the Week of Feb. 16 to 22- Joseph SoWe are faced with a period of intense cold here in Toronto, and the temptation is to stay home and “cocoon” rather than braving the elements for a concert. That said, there’re quite a few events well worthy venturing out for. First of all, this week is your very last chance of seeing the Canadian Opera Company’s winter presentations of Don Giovanni (Feb. 18 and 21) and Die Walkure (Feb. 19 and 22) at the Four Seasons Centre. Great singing in both but I am particularly fond…

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My Toronto Concert Picks for the Week of February 9 to 15- Joseph SoFor Toronto area opera and voice fans, the cup truly runneth over this week, with many fabulous opportunities to hear great singing. First of all, there’s Canadian Opera Company’s Don Giovanni and Die Walkure continuing this week with performances on the Mozart on Feb. 12 and 14, and for Wagner on Feb. 10 and 13, all at the Four Seasons Centre. I caught another performance of Walkure last Saturday that marked the Canadian and role debut of American dramatic tenor Issachah Savage. It was fantastic – here’s…

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My Toronto Concert Picks for the Week of Feb. 2 to 8Joseph SoThe big news this week continues to be the two productions of the Canadian Opera Company’s winter season, Don Giovanni and Die Walkure. The Wagner opened on Saturday at the Four Seasons Centre. It was good to revisit the Atom Egoyan/ Michael Levine production once again. I saw it when it first premiered in 2004, and then again – twice – in 2006 FSC inaugural season. The principals have largely changed in the intervening 11 years with one exception, American tenor Clifton Forbis as Siegmund. The current Brunnhilde,…

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My Toronto Concert Picks for the Week of Jan. 26 to Feb. 1Joseph SoDie Walkure, the second production of the Canadian Opera Company’s winter season opens this week. It was the blockbuster show – Canada’s first staged Ring Cycle – that opened the Four Seasons Centre way back in August of 2006. Sadly there won’t be a Rheingold this time around, and it’s spread over three seasons. On the plus side, we have American soprano Christine Goerke in her first Brunnhilde, even before she sings it for Houston this coming May and at the Met next year – I mean,…

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My Toronto Concert Picks for the Week of Jan. 19 to 25Joseph SoThe much anticipated winter season of the Canadian Opera Company is finally upon us this week, with the opening of Don Giovanni. This is a COC co-production with Teatro Real Madrid, Aix-en-Provence and the Bolshoi Theatre, directed by Dmitri Tcherniakov. It stars Canadian baritone Russell Braun in the title role. He sang his first Don Giovanni 13 years ago for Opera de Quebec. Then he put aside the role until a couple of years ago when he sang in this production in Madrid. The Tcherniakov production is light…

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My Toronto Concert Picks for the week of Jan. 12 to 18Joseph SoWolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)The Toronto Symphony Orchestra kicks off the new year with its Mozart Birthday Celebrations – Mozart @259. It started with a celebration of the 250th anniversary of his birth and now it’s an annual affair, and why not – what better way to lift the spirit from the depth of winter than some Mozart? On Jan. 15, the TSO is presenting Mozart Paris Symphony, a mixed program of Serenade No. 8 K239, Piano Concerto No. 23, Sonata No. 15 for Organ and Strings,…

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My Toronto Concert Picks for the Week of Jan. 5 to 11Joseph SoThe music scene is slowly coming back to life in the first full week of 2015. While the Toronto Symphony and Canadian Opera Company are still in hiatus, there are several other interesting offerings well worth checking out. One of them is the return of mezzo Anne Sofie von Otter to Koerner Hall as part of its vocal series. It’s hard to think of a classical artist more eclectic than von Otter in choice of repertoire. She is of course internationally renowned in concerts and opera, a celebrated…

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My Toronto Concert Picks for the Holiday Season (Dec. 22 to Jan. 4)- Joseph SoNow that we are really into the heart of the Christmas Season, concerts scheduling grinds to a halt to make way for family gatherings and church services etc. Interestingly, in other big cities the likes of New York, London and Vienna where I’ve visited at Christmas time in years past, there are still plenty of musical events going on. Okay, except on Christmas Eve when it’s dark at the Wiener Staatsoper, and Christmas Day and Boxing Day at Covent Garden. At the Met this year, the…

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