Announcing the 2017-18
Toronto City Opera Season

We are very excited to confirm the repertoire for our upcoming 2018 season!

 

FIDELIO
by Beethoven

MARCH 16, 2018 @ 7:30pm
MARCH 18, 2018 @ 2pm

(Sung in German, with English surtitles)
An empowering tale of human struggle and triumph.

 

Cast

Leonora - Michelle Veenhuizen

Florestan - Slava Serebrianik

Rocco - Dylan Wright

Marcelline - Sara Schabas

Jacquino - Ilya Serebrianik

Pizarro - Peter Bass

Fernando - Gabriel Sanchez Ortega

 

THE MAGIC FLUTE
by Mozart

MARCH 23, 2018 @ 7:30pm
MARCH 25, 2018 @ 2pm

(sung in English)
A magical extravaganza with themes of spirituality, friendship and good versus evil.

 

Cast

Tamino - Zack Rioux

Pamina - Ellen McAteer

Papageno - David Diston

Queen of the Night - Maeve Palmer

Sarastro - Matthew Li

1st Lady/Spirit - Angela Yoo

2nd Lady/Spirit - Anna Sharpe

3rd Lady/Spirit - Lillian Brooks

Monostatos - César Aguilar

Papagena - Lynn Isnar

 

 

Announcing Our New Staging Director

Toronto City is delighted to announce the appointment of Erik Thor as Staging Director, working closely with Ivan Jovanovic and Jennifer Tung, Co-Music Directors and Conductor, forming a Triple Entente named as The Artistic Team!

 

An alumnus of the University of Toronto's Opera Division, Erik Thor has been directing opera in Toronto since 2008.  He was appointed at the university for many years as a guest director where he staged several operas including main stage production La voix humaine by Poulenc, six Student Composer Collective operas; notably the much talked-about and award-winning Rob Ford, The Opera; and numerous other productions and workshops including Donizetti's La fille du régiment, Menotti's Amelia al ballo, and Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin.

 

Erik has directed for many local companies including Thornborrow's opera The Moon for The Music Gallery, Rachmaninoff's Aleko for Toronto's Opera 5, Opera Scenesters for the Toy Piano Composers, and Puccini's Tosca for North York's Opera Lirica Italiana.

 

Erik has long been focused on developing emerging singers and working with contemporary composers. He has directed several Student Composer Collective operas for the U of T New Music Festival including Encounters, Antigone, The Jealous Husband, and The Essential Hamlet, as well as guest lecturing for the U of T Faculty of Music. He has also staged productions for Wilfrid Laurier University including their show Mistaken Identities, and was musical director, technical director, and founding board member of Laurier Musical Theatre. Erik spent five years on the faculty of the More Than Music Institute in Kingston, directing Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance, The Sorcerer, The Mikado, Ruddigore, and HMS Pinafore.

 

Other credits include Haydn's Il mondo della luna, Mozart's Così fan tutte, Don Giovanni, and Le nozze di Figaro, Candide by Bernstein, Ravel's L'enfant et les sortilèges, and L'heure espagnole, Il matrimonio segreto by Cimarosa, Barber's A Hand of Bridge, James' To Daniel, and Humperdinck's Hansel und Gretel.

 

Erik is pleased to be joining Toronto City Opera for their 51st season, directing Beethoven's Fidelio, and Mozart's The Magic Flute.

 

 

Announcing Our New Co-Music Director

Jennifer TungToronto City Opera is delighted to announce the appointment of Jennifer Tung as Co-Music Director for its upcoming 51st performing season. Jennifer will be working closely with Ivan Jovanovic.

 

Currently the vocal department coordinator, vocal coach and faculty at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Jennifer Tung received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and Master of Music in Piano Accompaniment and Chamber Music from the world renowned Eastman School of Music. Jennifer's versatility has allowed her career to develop in very unique ways: as a singer, vocal coach and collaborative pianist. She has sung with orchestras around the world and have given recitals (as a singer and collaborative pianist) from Toronto, Los Angeles to Hong Kong and China. An advocate of contemporary music, Jennifer has worked closely with renowned contemporary composers such as Tom Cipullo, Ricky Ian Gordon, John Harbison, Jake Heggie, Ben Moore and John Musto. A vocal coach and a well-versed educator, Jennifer has presented master classes (voice and piano) and has served on faculty in summer programs across North America, Europe and Asia.

 

The 2016-17 season marks an exciting development where Jennifer has taken on the role of assistant conductor with the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra and is the conductor of the Mississauga Symphony Youth Orchestra. This summer she was the director of the Studio Artist program at SongFest in Los Angeles. In addition to being the chair of the voice program, Jennifer was also the Music Director/Conductor for the production of The Mikado at the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival.

 

Please join us to welcome Jennifer to the TCO family!

 

 

Announcing Our New Music Director

Ivan JovanovicToronto City Opera is pleased to announce Ivan Jovanovic as our new Music Director. Please welcome back Ivan for a fifth performance season!

 

Jovanovic is a recent University of Toronto graduate where he received his Master's in Collaborative piano degree in studio of Professor Steven Philcox. Ivan's other degrees include Master of Music and Bachelor of Music in piano performance from the University of Arts, Faculty of Music, Belgrade, Serbia.

 

During his studies, Ivan won numerous awards at various state competitions as a solo pianist. In 2005, he joined Belgrade Opera Orchestra, mastering an enormous opera repertoire, under the baton of the chief conductor Dejan Savic. Ivan played both harpsichord and piano for recitals of Don Giovanni, Orfeo ed Euridice, The Italian Girl in Algeria, The Marriage of Figaro, Hassan-Aga's Wife, The Love for Three Oranges, and The Secret Marriage.

 

In 2013, Ivan won the prestigious Gwendolyn Koldofsky prize. He is a staff vocal coach and rehearsal pianist for UofT Opera Division and an accompanist at Toronto City Opera for the third season.

 

Ivan joined the Brott Festival in the 2015-2016 for the productions of The Barber of Seville and Le Nozze di Figaro as a rehearsal and performance pianist and harpsichordist. He was invited to accompany singers at St Andrew's Summer Opera Workshop, Westben Arts Festival and Opera Muskoka in 2016.

 

Ivan played at numerous auditions, competitions, and recitals with performers of all levels, ranging from amateur opera enthusiasts to internationally acclaimed professionals.

Chorus
Registration

Want to fulfill your dreams of singing in the chorus of one or two operas while having the real experience of acting on stage?

 

Join TCO’s Chorus through TDSB. No audition is required. Prior choral experience and ability to read music will be an asset! We will assist your home practice through our on-line teaching tool Toperaid.

 

Registration starts August 16. There will be a fee payable directly to TDSB upon registration, and an administration fee of $120 payable to TCO on the first day of class on September 19, 2017. Space is limited, please register today!

 

Visit econnect.tdsb.on.ca
and enter barcode 85006 to register

 

Tickets

Stay tuned for Box Office and Advance Tickets Information!

 

 

Venue

AL GREEN THEATRE
Miles Nadal Community Centre

750 Spadina Avenue, Toronto

The Al Green Theatre is a 285 seat  facility inside of the vibrant Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre. Located at the corner of Bloor Street and Spadina Avenue in Toronto, the theatre is fully accessible by both subway lines, with ample municipal parking and a number of great shops and restaurants close by.

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