Susan Graham starred in the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Iphigénie en Tauride, desolately staged by expat Torontonian Robert Carsen.
Grabbing the heart with text and music takes many forms. This weekend, we have a chance to sample opera reduced to its essence, and two very operatic ways of crafting oratorio and cantata.
The first comes via CBC Radio 2’s Saturday Afternoon at the Opera, which broadcasts the Canadian Opera Company’s critically praised production of Christoph Willibald Gluck’s 1779 masterpiece, Iphigénie en Tauride, featuring American mezzo Susan Graham in the title role. Continue reading →
This afternoon, a packed house at Koerner Hall was treated to a rare and stirring performance of Edward Elgar’s oratorio The Kingdom by the Pax Christi Chorale, in honour of its 25th anniversary. Continue reading →
A visit to England’s 300-year-old Three Choirs Festival in 2004 sparked a dream in Toronto organist, conductor and York University music professor Stephanie Martin to present The Kingdom, one of Edward Elgar’s grandest choral works.
That dream turns into reality — via years of planning and months of preparation — at Koerner Hall on Sunday afternoon, as Martin leads her 120-singer Pax Christi Chorale, 48-piece orchestra and a worthy clutch of soloists in the first Canadian performance of the work in a quarter century. Continue reading →