Season banner: A Night at the Opera. Gianni Schicchi by Giacomo Puccini, in partnership with Essential Opera

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
Zita – Catharin Carew, mezzo
Rinuccio – Jean-Philippe Lazure, tenor
Gherardo – Fabián Arciniegas, tenor
Nella – Erin Bardua, soprano
Gherardina –  Emma Waller, soprano
Betto – Jesse Clark, baritone
Simone – Joel Allison, bass-baritone
Marco – Bradley Christensen, baritone
Ciesca – Beth Hagerman, soprano
Maestra Spinelloccio & Ser Amantio di Nicolao –  Laura McAlpine, mezzo

On the Program

Rossini – Overture to William Tell
Puccini – Gianni Schicchi


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George Weston Recital Hall
Toronto Centre for the Arts
5040 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M2N 6R8


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Meet Our Opera Partners

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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!