Wednesday, April 21, 2010


Photo by Bruce Zinger / Artists Phillip Addis and Peggy Kriha Dye

Co-Artistic Directors Marshall Pynkoski and Jeanette Lajeunesse Zingg will doubtless garner their usual heaps of accolades with the upcoming The Marriage of Figaro. In case you've been in a coma for the last twenty years, Opera Atelier has been wowing international audiences with their technical accuracy and creative excellence in music, choreography, sets and designs of the 17th and 18th centuries' operas. This Mozart production pulls out all the stops with set design by Gerard Gauci, Martha Mann's costume design (above) and David Tallis returning with the Tafelmusik Orchestra.

I'm thrilled to see Carla Huhtanen again, a soprano with good comedic sense; joining her are baritone Olivier Laquerre in the lead male role, baritone Phillip Addis, soprano Peggy Kriha Dye, mezzo Wallis Giunta, and soprano Laura Pudwell. This commedia dell'arte was originally based on a text by Beaumarchais, just as Romeo and Juliet's story was not Shakespeare's brainchild, nor was Doctor Faustus Christopher Marlowe's. But this production would make Mozart giggle with glee, if my biographical memory serves me right. He would have felt that only such a sumptuous and loving presentation would be decorum enough for his baby. This naughty romp is somehow made more respectable by its period placement. It's the kind of tale I'd love to see made into a music video and then critiqued by Video on Trial by Trevor Boris and Debra diGiovanni. ...... K, on second thought maybe not.

Wise people will look into $30-$150 tickets either via Ticketmaster 872 5555, the Elgin Theatre Box Office or via Performances are Surtitled, and are at 7:30pm on April 24, 27, 28, 30 and May 1, and at 3pm on April 25.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Luminato World Premiere

Dark Star Requiem
A world premiere from Tapestry & Luminato, Toronto Festival of Arts & CreativityText by Jill Battson / Composed by Andrew Staniland
June 11 & 12, 2010 at 8pmKoerner Hall, Royal Conservatory of Music

Luminato, Toronto Festival of Arts & Creativity is partnering with Tapestry to co-produce the world premiere of Dark Star Requiem, the third production of Tapestry’s 2009-2010 subscription season, a dramatic oratorio on the history of HIV-AIDS in North America and Africa. In this marriage of content and form, poet Jill Battson and composer Andrew Staniland trace the twenty-five year history of AIDS from its origins to the present day. This evocative, poetic concert work interlaces such topics as ecology, myth, politics, and family. While this text includes fragments from the Latin Mass for the Dead, the overall perspective is humanistic rather than religious.
Tapestry is thrilled to once again be part of Luminato. Our relationship began in 2008 when the Festival included the world premiere of Sanctuary Song by Abigail Richardson & Marjorie Chan, a world premiere opera for all ages from Tapestry and
Theatre Direct which won the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Opera / Musical.
Dark Star Requiem is commissioned by Luminato, co-produced with Tapestry, and features 4 outstanding soloists and 2 percussionists together with two of Canada’s most lauded ensembles, the
Elmer Iseler Singers and the Gryphon Trio.
Dark Star Requiem received additional commissioning support from the Ontario Arts Council and the University of Toronto at Scarborough.
Andrew Staniland
Jill Battson
Music Director / Conductor
Wayne Strongman
Tom Diamond
Neema Bickersteth (soprano)Krisztina Szabó (mezzo soprano)Peter McGillivray (baritone)Marcus Nance (bass-baritone)
The Elmer Iseler Singers
Annalee Patipatanakoon of The Gryphon Trio (violin)Roman Borys of The Gryphon Trio (cello)Jamie Parker of The Gryphon Trio (piano)Ryan Scott (percussion)Mark Duggan (percussion)Dark Star Requiem premieres Friday June 11 & Saturday June 12 at 8pm at Koerner Hall in the TELUS Centre at the Royal Conservatory of Music.
TICKETS: $30 – $50On Sale April 15, 2010 at
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Sunday, April 4, 2010


Ode to Dewitt Jones copyright V.Wells 08