LSM Newswire

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Opera In Concert presents La Fedelta Primiata


the Canadian Premiere of Josef Haydn’s


Toronto, 05 January 2011… LA FEDELTA PREMIATA by Franz Josef Haydn receives its Canadian premiere at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts on Sunday, January 30, 2011at 2:30 pm. “Haydn’s orchestral, instrumental and choral works are familiar to audiences the world over and eagerly anticipated in the concert hall” said OIC’s General Director Guillermo Silva-Marin. “His substantial number of operas are far more rarely heard and Opera in Concert takes great pride in presenting one of the very best as part of our thirty-sixth season”.

The Canadian premiere of LA FEDELTA PREMIATA will be highlighted by the Opera in Concert debut of conductor Ashiq Aziz and his ClassicalmusicConsort. Toronto’s new kid on the baroque block, the orchestra was founded in 2006 under the direction of harpsichordist/conductor Ashiq Aziz. Also with an emphasis on fostering new Canadian talent, the ClassicalmusicConsortpursues a variety of projects including concert performance, commissioning of new works, and staged operas. Opera in Concert is delighted to have them lead a cast of stellar Canadian talent including the debut of Susanne Holmes, Farah Hack, Leslie Bouza, Rocco Rupolo, andMarco Petracchi. OIC welcomes back leading tenor Graham Thomson as the faithful Fileno and baritone James Levesque as the “not so faithful” Peruchetto.

One of his 25 operas for the Esterhaza court, Haydn singled out LA FEDELTA PREMIATA in a comment to his publisher: “I assure you that no such work has been heard in Paris up to now, nor perhaps in Vienna; my misfortune is that I live in the country.” A portentous set-up involving faithful lovers, unfaithful lovers and sacrifices to the angry goddess Diana, ultimately defies tragedy and leads to a finale that rewards fidelity in love. Haydn seizes these extraordinary situations and creates a musical and vocal landscape of beauty and passion including some of his most successful and dramatic vocal ensembles to end each act. Needless to say, with the exception of only one character, and deservedly so, all ends happily with the union of our three leading couples to the satisfaction of the goddess Diana and all in the audience.

Don’t miss the pre-concert chat – THE BACKGROUNDER – with host Iain Scott 45 minutes before each show, a chance to learn about the opera, the composer and the musical culture of the times.

Opera in Concert is supported by the Jackman Foundation, Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council and by our PATRONS CIRCLE Donors. Tickets are available from the St. Lawrence Centre’s Box Office, 27 Front St. East, by phone – 416-366-7723 or 1-800-708-6754 – or online at The theatre is wheelchair accessible and close to public transit and municipal parking. All performances are on Sunday afternoons at the St. Lawrence Centre at 2:30pm.

Dvorak’s THE DEVIL AND KATE ends the season on March 27, 2011.


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