“Suds, Supper and Song” Ring Cycle Fundraiser

Join us for a special Opera by Request ‘Ring Cycle’ Fundraiser on October 17th!

Enjoy a delicious “Feast of the Senses” Gourmet Beer Dinner, accompanied by Maestro William Shookhoff and four fabulous Opera by Request singers. Each of the dinner courses will be accompanied by a different Granite Brewery Fine Ale. And with each course you’ll be entertained by performances of familiar songs and arias inspired by the various beer styles. Oliver Dawson, tenor and beer expert, will be your host for the evening, bringing to life the marriage of opera and craft beer.

All proceeds will go towards the Opera by Request 2020 production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle. This is only the 2nd time ever in Canada that the ‘Ring’ will have been performed in its entirety.

The event will take place at the Granite Brewery (245 Eglinton Avenue E., Toronto) on October 17th, 2019 starting at 7 pm. Tickets are available through eventbright.

Rossini: “Barber of Seville”

Opera by Request presents Rossini’s Barber of Seville, in concert with piano accompaniment, Friday, November 15, 7:30pm, College St. United Church, 452 College St. (Bathurst).  All tickets $20.00.  Phone 416 455-2365 for reservations and information.

Figaro…………………..Gene Wu, baritone
Rosina………………….Meagan Larios, mezzo-soprano
Almaviva………………Cian Horrobin, tenor
Bartolo…………………Aaron Durand, baritone
Basilio…………………..Kyle McDonald, bass-baritone
Berta…………………….Holly Chaplin, soprano
Fiorello/Sergeant….Bruce Reid, baritone

Natasha Fransblow, pianist and music director

Recital: Brittany Stewart & Astrid Atherly

Opera by Request hosts sopranos Brittany Stewart and Astrid Atherly in a recital of opera, music theatre and traditional art song, Saturday, October 26, 7:30pm, College St. United Church, 452 College St. (Bathurst).  All tickets $20.00.  Phone 416 455-2365 for additional information.

Recital: Alexandra leBlanc

Opera by Request presents soprano Alexandra leBlanc and pianist Claire Harris in recital, Saturday, October 19, 7:30pm, College St. United Church, 452 College St. (Bathurst).  All tickets $20.00.  Phone 416 455-2365 for additional information.

The recital features works of Imant Raminsch, Mahler, Barber, Bernstein and Debussy.  A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Ronald McDonald House, and to fund the completion of a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostella, undertaken but not completed by Ms. leBlanc’s grandparents.

Bizet: “Pearl Fishers” (OperOttawa)

Opera by Request hosts OperOttawa in Bizet’s Pearl Fishers, Friday, October 4, 7:30pm, College St. United Church, 452 College St. (Bathurst).  All tickets $20.00.  For reservations and information phone 416 455-2365.

Leila……………..Cristina Pisani, soprano
Nadir…………….Robert Martin, tenor
Zurga…………….Norman E. Brown, baritone
Nourabad……..John Holland, baritone

Claire Harris, piano

Puccini: “Tosca”

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

Tosca………………………………….Antonina Ermolenko, soprano Cavaradossi………………………..Corey Arnold, tenor Scarpia……………………………….Henry Irwin, baritone
Sacristan/ jailer…………………..Steven Henrikson, baritone Angelotti/Sciarrone……………Bruce Reid, baritone Spoletta……………………………..Francis Domingue, tenor Shepherd…………………………..Shannon Halliwell-McDonald, mezzo-soprano

with members of the Annex Singers, Maria Case, director
William Shookhoff, music director and pianist