Calendar

Apr
24
Tue
2018
Jeunesses Musicales du Canada
Apr 24 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Mozart and da Ponte’s second collaboration, the timeless Don Giovanni is firmly among opera’s greatest works, thanks to of its perfect mastery and balance of comedy and tragedy. It’s the story of the seductive Don Juan, the rake punished, who will stop at nothing to quench his lascivious thirst without a shred of remorse for his victims, brought to the stage by director Oriol Tomas. Bringing together the best young Canadian singers, JMC celebrates its 25th opera production with the first-time presentation of this classic masterpiece. 

Mozart

Conductor: Baril
Stage Director: Tomas
Designer: Gamache
Costumes: Mongeau
Lighting: Basse
Choreography: Loubry
Bilodeau, Brooks, Brown, Haboczki, Muhire, Salvas, Veilleux. 

Tickets: jmcanada.ca        

Opera Atelier – The Return of Ulysses
Apr 24 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Monteverdi’s deeply moving opera recounts the return of the Greek king Ulysses to his family after a twenty-year absence fighting in the Trojan War. This production abounds with gods, goddesses, flying machines and magical transformations, and features tenor Krešimir Špicer, whose definitive performances in the title role have thrilled audiences around the world.

The Return of Ulysses is sung in Italian with English surtitles.

Monteverdi

Conductor: Fallis
Stage Director: Pynkoski
Designer: Gauci
Costumes: Mann
Lighting: Ramsay
Choreography: Lajeunesse Zingg

Spicer, Lebel, Huhtanen, Enns, Bell, Sheehan, Williams, Skelton, Taylor, Pudwell, Hegedus, Lindsay. 

Tickets: operaatelier.com

Montreal Symphony – Spotlight on Nordic Countries
Apr 24 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

The OSM’s Nordic Spring festival is an invitation to (re)discover music from the various Nordic countries—Canada, Denmark, Finland, Island, Norway, Russia and Sweden—under the direction of Finnish conductor John Storgårds, a musician with a keen and refined musical intuition. Three rendezvous—each featuring a symphonic work by Sibelius—in the warm ambience of the Maison symphonique! 

Conductor: Storgards
Lefevre, Tilling, Sly.

Tickets: osm.ca 

Apr
25
Wed
2018
The Met Opera Live on Screen in Cinemas – SEMIRAMIDE (Encores – First time in HD)
Apr 25 all-day

This masterpiece of dazzling vocal fireworks makes a rare Met appearance—its first in nearly 25 years—with Maurizio Benini on the podium. The all-star bel canto cast features Angela Meade in the title role of the murderous Queen of Babylon, who squares off in breathtaking duets with Arsace, a trouser role sung by Elizabeth DeShong. Javier Camarena, Ildar Abdrazakov, and Ryan Speedo Green complete the stellar cast.

Rossini

For tickets & to find a theatre near you visit: 

https://www.cineplex.com/Showtimes/semiramide-rossini-italian-west-encore-metropolitan-opera/nearby-theatres?Date=4/25/2018

Montreal Symphony – The Vastness of Nordic Landscapes
Apr 25 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Hilary Hahn performs a concerto by Tchaikovsky

The geysers and Northern Lights of Iceland and Finland have inspired works of astonishing beauty. Seize this opportunity to experience the music of composers whose works are seldom performed here but whose output is nonetheless prolific. As well, you’ll hear Tchaikovsky’s Concerto, a classic of the violin repertoire.

Conductor: Storgards

Tilling, Sly. 

Tickets: osm.ca

Apr
26
Thu
2018
COC – Collaborations
Apr 26 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

VOCAL SERIES – Singers from the young artist programs of the Canadian Opera Company and l’Opéra de Montréal join forces in a program of arias and ensembles. 

Artists of the COC Ensemble Studio and Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal. 

Tickets: www.coc.ca

Against the Grain Theatre – Orphée⁺
Apr 26 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Against the Grain Theatre’s fervour for pushing the boundaries of opera and art continues this spring with a reinvention of Berlioz’s arrangement of Gluck’s baroque masterpiece Orphée et Eurydice. In an international co-production between AtG, the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, and Opera Columbus, the three companies are banding together to thrust a score written in 1762 into the 21st century. To complement the story in an unusual, beautiful way, Orphée⁺ will boldly blend an orchestra that mixes acoustic and electric instruments, feature baroque-burlesque dancers, and include a global virtual chorus. 

Tickets: http://www.againstthegraintheatre.com/

Montreal Symphony – Tales & Legends of the North
Apr 26 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Samian in a new work

To pay tribute to aboriginal and Inuit cultures, the OSM welcomes Samian, rapper and proud ambassador for Indigenous peoples, in a commission by Nicole Lizée. Also, discover two extraordinary Inuit musicians in the work by Alexina Louie, which received its premiere performance during the OSM’s Nunavik tour.

Conductor: Storgards

Mark, Sivuarapik, Samian. 

Tickets: osm.ca

Toronto Symphony Orchestra – Candide
Apr 26 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The TSO makes its major contribution to the global tributes to Leonard Bernstein’s centenary. Bramwell Tovey—whose early career was given a major boost through conducting Bernstein’s music in the composer’s presence—leads a brilliant cast of vocalists, members of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, and the Orchestra in Bernstein’s enchanting operetta based on Voltaire’s satirical story about a guileless young man’s education in the ways of the world.  

Bernstein 
Conductor: Tovey

T. Dahl, Forst, Phan, Stuart.  

Tickets: tso.ca

Apr
27
Fri
2018
Opera Atelier – The Return of Ulysses
Apr 27 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Monteverdi’s deeply moving opera recounts the return of the Greek king Ulysses to his family after a twenty-year absence fighting in the Trojan War. This production abounds with gods, goddesses, flying machines and magical transformations, and features tenor Krešimir Špicer, whose definitive performances in the title role have thrilled audiences around the world.

The Return of Ulysses is sung in Italian with English surtitles.

Monteverdi

Conductor: Fallis
Stage Director: Pynkoski
Designer: Gauci
Costumes: Mann
Lighting: Ramsay
Choreography: Lajeunesse Zingg

Spicer, Lebel, Huhtanen, Enns, Bell, Sheehan, Williams, Skelton, Taylor, Pudwell, Hegedus, Lindsay. 

Tickets: operaatelier.com

Opera by Request–Madama Butterfly
Apr 27 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Opera by Request presents Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, in concert with piano accompaniment, Friday, April 27, 7:30pm, College St. United Church, 452 College St. (Bathurst). All tickets $20.00. Phone 416 455-2365 for reservations and information.

Cio-Cio-San………………..Deena Nicklefork, soprano
Pinkerton…………………..Will Ford, tenor
Sharpless…………………..Keith O’Brien, baritone
Suzuki……………………….Madison Arsenault, mezzo-soprano
Goro…………………………Colin Frotten, tenor
Yamadori…………………..Austin Larusson, baritone
Bonze………………………. Larry Tozer, baritone
Kate Pinkerton……………Kim Sartor, mezzo-soprano

William Shookhoff, pianist and music director

Tickets: http://operabyrequest.ca/

Against the Grain Theatre – Orphée⁺
Apr 27 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Against the Grain Theatre’s fervour for pushing the boundaries of opera and art continues this spring with a reinvention of Berlioz’s arrangement of Gluck’s baroque masterpiece Orphée et Eurydice. In an international co-production between AtG, the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, and Opera Columbus, the three companies are banding together to thrust a score written in 1762 into the 21st century. To complement the story in an unusual, beautiful way, Orphée⁺ will boldly blend an orchestra that mixes acoustic and electric instruments, feature baroque-burlesque dancers, and include a global virtual chorus. 

Tickets: http://www.againstthegraintheatre.com/

Pacific Opera Victoria – Rinaldo
Apr 27 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Handel’s first big hit for the London stage, Rinaldo contains some of his most ravishing music and is an exotic story of war, religion, love, and sorcery. As a Christian army prepares to lay siege to Jerusalem during the First Crusade, politics, passion, and magic complicate matters. Glynis Leyshon will direct this masterpiece of Baroque opera.  

Haydn

Conductor: Timothy Vernon
Director: Glynis Leyshon
Designer: Pam Johnson
Lighting: Eric Champoux

Namzer, Lessard, Taverner, Trudgen, Dunham. 

Tickets: pov.bc.ca  

The Royal Conservatory of Music – Amici Chamber Ensemble 30th Anniversary
Apr 27 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

The Amici Chamber Ensemble celebrates its 30th anniversary with a special concert. Joaquin Valdepeñas, one of the most distinguished clarinetists of his generation, cellist “[of] rare delicacy and clarity” David Hetherington, and “keyboard acrobat” pianist Serouj Kradjian have invited some of the finest musicians to join the celebration. Isabel Bayrakdarian, possessing “a soprano voice that combines lyricism with remarkable dramatic instincts,” (Time) Royal Conservatory faculty members, and principals from the Toronto Symphony Orchestra join Amici in a celebratory concert that features some of their favourite repertoire, including works by Respighi, Dohnányi, and Bernstein. 

Bayrakdarian

Tickets: performance.rcmusic.ca 

Toronto Operetta Theatre – La belle Helene
Apr 27 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

The beautiful Helen got the Golden Apple from Paris and left some rather irate goddesses ‘in the dust!’ Long before her fabled trip to Troy, there was much singing, frolicking, amusement and hanky-panky in city of Athens.  

Offenbach

Conductor: Tiefenbach

Kalender, Fisher, Graham. 

Tickets: torontooperetta.com

Apr
28
Sat
2018
The Met Opera Live on Screen in Cinemas – CENDRILLON (Live – Met Premiere)
Apr 28 all-day

For the first time ever, Massenet’s sumptuous take on the Cinderella story comes to the Met. Joyce DiDonato stars in the title role, with mezzo-soprano Alice Coote in the trouser role of Prince Charming, Kathleen Kim as the Fairy Godmother, and Stephanie Blythe as the imperious Madame de la Haltière. Bertrand de Billy conducts Laurent Pelly’s imaginative storybook production.

Massenet

For tickets & to find a theatre near you visit: 

https://www.cineplex.com/Showtimes/cendrillon-massenet-french-west-metropolitan-opera/nearby-theatres?Date=4/28/2018