A Night at the Opera
In partnership with Essential Opera
Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 3:00pm
Pre-concert chat at 2:15 with Kevin Mallon
For our spring season concert, Orchestra Toronto will partner with the stupendous singers of Essential Opera to present a concert performance of Puccini’s one-act comic opera, Gianni Schicchi. Prepare yourself for comic hi-jinks, soaring melodies, and lush operatic composition in this rare collaboration.
Kevin Mallon – Conductor
Gianni Schicchi – Jon-Paul Décosse, bass-baritone
Lauretta – Maureen Batt, soprano
Rinuccio – Jean-Philippe Lazure, tenor
Ciesca – Beth Hagerman, soprano
Nella – Erin Bardua, soprano
Betto – Jesse Clark, baritone
Marco – Bradley Christensen, baritone
Gherardo – Fabián Arciniegas, tenor
On the Program
Rossini – Overture to William Tell
Puccini – Gianni Schicchi
George Weston Recital Hall
Toronto Centre for the Arts
5040 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M2N 6R8
Meet Our Opera Partners
Essential Opera began in 2010 with an idea for a single concert, and is now an ever-evolving and growing venture. The company’s mission is to give both audiences and artists opportunities to experience opera at its most essential, and they are dedicated to producing excellent performances of all the works they explore. These have spanned a musical history of nearly 300 years.
In past seasons, Essential Opera has gone from presenting world premières of new works by Canadian composers, to rare outings of beautiful classical pieces, to introducing fans of traditional opera to its Spanish cousin the zarzuela.
In the future, Essential Opera will continue to present accessible, entertaining concerts of great operatic works both familiar and unfamiliar to audiences in Ontario and farther afield.
Essential Opera is thrilled to join Orchestra Toronto in this terrific venue to present Puccini's hilarious classic. Its stunning music takes our breath away!