Ring Cycle preview

In preparation for our historic Ring Cycle, Opera By Request presents an evening of highlights, information, and a chance to meet some of the artists involved. The event takes place in the Activity Room at 50 Quebec Avenue, steps away from High Park Station, 7:00pm, Friday, January 24. Refreshments will be served. Admission is by donation, with proceeds going to Ring Cycle production costs.

Participants include:
Susan Tsakaris, soprano (Brunnhilde)
Robert Martin, tenor (Siegfried)
Oliver Dawson, tenor (Mime)
Stephanie DeCiantis, soprano (Sieglinde)
Andrew Tees, baritone (Wotan)
Michael Robert-Broder, baritone (Donner)

Please phone 416-455-2365 for any additional information

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

Please note that there is a “Night In Tuscany” fundraising dinner before the opera by CUBAbility, in support of their cross-cultural musical symposium to be held in Manzanas, Cuba in January 2020. A “scrumptuous homemade Italian meal” including tiramisu will be served for $25, at the church, starting at 5:30. Please email heiwa@ca.inter.net for further details.

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