SALIERI’s FALSTAFF, a CANADIAN PREMIERE
Mozart’s rival was among the
first to set a Shakespeare play to music
Toronto, February 6, 2016… Toronto’s
opera fans are used to surprises from VOICEBOX:
Opera in Concert and the 2015-2016 season continues to amaze. “Once
again” remarked General Director Guillermo
Silva-Marin, “our patrons are enjoying a unique lineup of works for the
lyric stage unlike that on any other stage in Canada and with FALSTAFF, OIC
gets a head start on the 400th William Shakespeare Commemorative
Sunday, February 7, 2016, Larry Beckwith helms the Canadian Premiere of
Salieri’s FALSTAFF, leading the Aradia Ensemble, cast and
VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert Chorus. Known mainly as Mozart’s rival,
Salieri was one of the most popular opera composers of his day and FALSTAFF is
recognized as one of the very first operas based on a work by William
Shakespeare. Salieri’s operas were
internationally acclaimed during his lifetime and he was the renowned head of
the Italian opera house in Vienna; later in his life, he taught Beethoven,
Liszt and Schubert among others.
FALSTAFF was one of Salieri’s
last operas and premiered at the Kärtnertortheater in Vienna on 3 January
1799. Based on Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor, the work
focuses on Falstaff and the jokes played on him by Windsor’s wives. The witty text – by Carlo Prospero Defranceschi
- inspired some of Salieri’s lightest and most sparkling music, supported by
highly effective orchestration.
The all Canadian cast
includes Allison Angelo as Mistress
Ford, Michèle Bogdanowicz as
Mistress Slender, Colin Ainsworth as
Master Ford, Justin Welsh as Master
Slender, Sydney Baedke making her
OIC debut as Betty, and baritone Dion Mazerolle
stars as Sir John Falstaff. In demand this season, Mazerolle debuts with
Montreal’s Ensemble Caprice in Bach’s Easter
Oratorio, and stars in the world premiere this May of The Trials of Patricia Isasa with Chants Libres, Montreal’s
acclaimed contemporary music ensemble. Robert
Cooper joins as director of the renowned VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert Chorus in the first performance of this
work in North America.
The VOICEBOX: Opera in
Concert season closes on April 1 and 3, 2016 with two performances of the World
Premiere of ISIS AND OSIRIS created
by Peter-Anthony Togni with
librettist Sharon Singer. Robert
Cooper will conduct the cast, orchestra and chorus.
VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert is
supported by the Jackman Foundation, J.
P. Bickell Foundation, Nancy’s Very Own Foundation, Strategic Charitable Giving Foundation, and Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto
Arts Council. Single tickets are available from the St. Lawrence Centre for
the Arts’ Box Office, 27 Front St. East, by phone 416-366-7723 or
1-800-708-6754 or online at www.stlc.com. The theatre is wheelchair accessible and
close to public transit and municipal parking.
All Sunday performances are at 2:30 pm at the St. Lawrence Centre.
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