A tale of two cities: 6 fall items to catch in Boston & Toronto Clockwise from top: Teiya Kasahara for Amplified Opera; pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico; Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra (photo: Cylla von Tiedemann); soprano Hibla Gerzmava.

A tale of two cities: 6 fall items to catch in Boston & Toronto

Jenna Simeonov
Two cities, and plenty to catch this fall. As you’re marking your calendars, we’ve got a short list of must-see items - from bel canto to world premieres - based out of Boston and Toronto.

Boston Wagner Society

On October 5, 2pm at Old South Church in Boston, soprano Julia Rolwing and pianist Soyeon Kim offer up a recital fitting of a Wagner Society. On the programme are songs and piano solos by Wagner and Liszt, and memorable moments from Lohengrin, Siegfried, and Tristan und Isolde. Tickets start at $10.

Amplified Opera

On October 10, 11, and 12 at the Ernest Balmer Studio in Toronto’s Distillery District, you can catch three unique concert events courtesy of Amplified Opera. Dubbed Amplify, the series presents lecture concerts, followed by a talkback session between audience and artists, moderated by musicologist Margaret Cormier.

The Way I See It (Oct. 10) features mezzo and author Laurie Rubin and pianist Liz Upchurch, and their stories of blindness and vision loss; The Queen in Me (Oct. 11) stars soprano Teiya Kasahara in their one-person show, alongside pianist Trevor Chartrand; and What’s Known to Me Is Endless sees baritone Kenneth Overton and pianist Rich Coburn on their understanding of Black identity on both sides of the Canada-US border.

You can catch each concert individually, or with an all-access pass for the whole series. All concerts start at 7:30pm.

The co-founders of Amplified Opera (l-r): Teiya Kasahara, opera singer and theatre creator, and Aria Umezawa, stage director.

Neil Crory Tribute Concert

On October 11, 7pm at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, a formidable group of Canadian artists pays homage to the late Neil Crory - producer, impresario, and mentor. Speakers and performers include Ben Heppner, Isabel Bayrakdarian, Isaiah Bell, Benjamin Butterfield, Tracy Dahl, Nathalie Paulin, Brett Polegato, Jean Stilwell, Krisztina Szabó, Erin Wall, Monica Whicher, and members of the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra.

The concert will be recorded by CBC Radio, and all proceeds will go to the Neil F. Crory Endowment Fund. Tickets are $60.

Odyssey Opera

Continuing its Tudors-themed 2019-20 season, Boston-based Odyssey Opera presents Giovanni Pacini’s Maria, Regina d’Inghilterra, Nov. 1-3. The 1842 opera tells the story of unrequited love between Queen Mary I, Scottish adventurer Riccardo Fenimoor, and Clotilde, and features two major soprano roles; Amy Shoremount-Obra takes on Mary, opposite Alisa Jordheim as Clotilde.

Pacini, a missing link of sorts among 19th-century Italian composers, wrote over 70 operas. “A performance of Pacini’s Maria is extraordinary!” says Gil Rose, Odyssey Opera’s Artistic and General Director. “We hope audiences will join Odyssey in rediscovering both this forgotten composer, and his wrongfully neglected masterpiece.”

This fully staged production of Maria, Regina d’Inghilterra runs November 1 and 3.

Amy Shoremount-Obra, soprano, singing the title role in Odyssey Opera's Maria, Regina d'Inghilterra. Photo: Fay Fox.

Hibla Gerzmava at Koerner Hall

Show One Productions continues its Classical Stars at Koerner series with a recital featuring Abkhazian soprano Hibla Gerzmava and pianist Ekaterina Ganelina, Nov. 3, 7pm. The programme is a perfect mix for Gerzmava: Lush Russian romances, and bel canto excerpts from some of her signature roles in Anna Bolena, Norma, and La forza del destino. Tickets start at $46.

Sinfonia Toronto

Spicing up a program of Mozart and Tchaikovsky, Sinfonia Toronto presents a night of world premieres, Nov. 8, 8pm at Toronto’s Glenn Gould Studio. Toronto-based Larysa Kuzmenko sees the first performance of her brand new “Skartaris” Duo Concerto for violin, piano, and orchestra and Montréal-based Airat Ichmouratov shares his Letter from an Unknown Woman.

The evening’s soloists are Canadian virtuosi Christina Petrowska Quilico (piano) and Marc Djokic (violin). Nurhan Arman conducts. Tickets start at just $15.

Violinist Marc Djokic.

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