Opera By Request

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Opera By Request

Pasatieri: The Seagull

Opera by Request presents the Canadian premiere of Thomas Pasatieri’s The Seagull, in concert with piano accompaniment, Friday, June 7th, 7:30pm, College St. United Church, 452 College St. (Bathurst).  All tickets $20.00.  Phone 416 455-2365 for reservations and information.

To learn more about The Seagull ahead of our performance, read music director William Shookhoff’s recent interview with Leslie Barcza for barczablog.com.

Cast (in order of appearance):

Janáček: The Makropulos Affair

Opera by Request and the Canadian Institute for Czech Music present Smetana’s The Bartered Bride, in concert with piano accompaniment, Friday, May 3rd, 7:30pm, College St. United Church, 452 College St (Bathurst).  All seats $25.00.
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Emilia Marty………………………..Antonina Ermolenko, soprano
Gregor……………………………….Dillon Parmer, tenor
Kolenaty…………………………….John Holland, baritone
Prus………………………………….Michael Robert-Broder, baritone
Vitek………………………………….Oliver Munar, tenor
Kristina………………………………Alexandra Beley, mezzo-soprano
Janek………………………………..Ian Corlett, tenor
Hauk-Sendorf……………………..Oliver Dawson, tenor
The Machinist……………………..Kyle Simpson
The Cleaning Woman…………..Grace Quinsey, soprano

William Shookhoff, music director and pianist

Review: Smetana’s The Bartered Bride

The opera was sung in the original Czech with projected translations. I give a great deal of credit to the performers for learning a language for a single performance, astounding as I don’t believe that Czech is the native language of any of them. My concert companion was a Czech friend, who was impressed with how well the cast managed the language.

 

– Joseph So,
Ludwig van Toronto

Our thanks to Joseph So of Ludwig van Toronto for this wonderful review of our recent performance of Smetana’s The Bartered Bride. Read the full review here.

Wagner: Der fliegende Hollander

NEW: Our March 16th presentation of Der fliegende Hollander has been postponed. A new date will be announced as soon as possible.
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Opera by Request presents Wagner’s Der fliegende Hollander, in concert with piano accompaniment, Saturday, March 16th, 7:30pm, College St. United Church, 452 College St. (Bathurst).  All tickets $20.00.  Phone 416 455-2365 for reservations and information.
Dutchman……………………Henry Irwin, baritone
Senta…………………………. Cristina Pisani, soprano
Daland…………………………Steven Henrikson, bass-baritone
Erik……………………………..Corey Arnold, tenor
Mary……………………………Monica Zerbe, mezzo-soprano
Steersman……………………David Walsh, tenor
William Shookhoff, pianist and music director

Smetana: The Bartered Bride

Opera by Request and the Canadian Institute for Czech Music present Smetana’s The Bartered Bride, in concert with piano accompaniment, Saturday, March 9th, 7:30pm, College St. United Church, 452 College St (Bathurst).  All seats $25.00.
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Marenka………….Grace Quinsey, soprano
Jenik………………..David Walsh, tenor
Kecal………………..John Holland, baritone
Vasek……………….Alexander Cappellazzo, tenor
Krusina……………..Henry Irwin, baritone
Ludmila…………….Mila Iankova, soprano
Micha……………….Mikhail Shemet, bass-baritone
Hata………………….Alexandra Beley, mezzo-soprano
Principal…………….Catharin Carew, mezzo-soprano
Esmeralda………….Thera Barclay, soprano
Akrobat……………..Kyle Simpson, baritone
William Shookhoff, music director and pianist

Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro

Opera by Request presents Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, in concert with piano accompaniment, Saturday, November 18th, 7:30pm, College St. United Church, 452 College St (Bathurst).  All seats $20.00.  Phone 416 455-2365 for reservations and information.
Figaro………………………………….Brian Dearden, baritone
Susanna………………………………Roanna Kitchen, soprano
Countess……………………………..Rianna Robinson, soprano
Count…………………………………Sebastien Belcourt, baritone
Cherubino……………………………Alessia Vitali, mezzo-soprano
Marcellina…………………………….Michaela Chiste, mezzo-soprano
Bartolo/Antonio………………………Kieran Kane, baritone
Barbarina……………………………..Sasha Koukarina, soprano
Basilio/Curzio………………………..Jordan Baldwin, tenor
William Shookhoff, music director and pianist