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Handel's Alexander's Feast

Handel’s Alexander’s Feast is an oratorio to a text by Newburgh Hamilton based closely on an earlier Dryden St. Cecilia’s Day ode.  The basic plot is that Alexander is feasting in captured Persepolis with his mistress Thaïs.   417 more words

Performance Review - Miscellaneous

Feast free with Alexander!

So this Thursday (Feb 22nd) at 8pm Tafelmusik are presenting Handel’s Alexander’s Feast at Koerner Hall.  Chances to see Handel oratorios, other than Messiah, don’t come around that often and this one has a very decent line up of soloists; Amanda Forsythe, Alexander Dobson and Thomas Hobbs.   93 more words

Toronto Opera News And Views

Into December

After the madness of November, December is much quieter.  Messiahs aside there are only a handful of events of note.  On Saturday at 7.30pm at Runnymede United Church the Cantores Celestes Women’s Choir have a concert of seasonal music which includes Kim André Arnesen’s… 366 more words

Toronto Opera News And Views

Four marriages and a Figaro

Opera Atelier’s remount of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro opened last night at the Elgin.  It’s a curious production made up of parts that don’t really fit together, hence the review title.   730 more words

Performance Review - Miscellaneous

Vivaldi: Lute Concerto in D, Largo

Performed by Lucas Harris (lute) and Tafelmusik   (5 minutes)

This serene movement is one of the most familiar pieces by the Italian Baroque master. The video is worth watching if you’ve never seen what an imposing object a lute can be.