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CRITIC'S PICKS | Classical Events You Absolutely Need To See This Week: March 14 – 20

By Michael Vincent on March 14, 2022

Classical music and opera events for the week of March 14 to 20.
Classical music and opera events for the week of March 14 to 20.

This is a list of amazing concerts we are attending, wishing we could attend, or thinking about attending between March 14 – 20, 2022. For more details on what’s happening around Toronto, visit our calendar here.

The Glenn Gould School | Spring Opera 2022: George Frideric Handel’s Rinaldo

📅 Wednesday — March 16, 2022, 7:30 p.m. ET (repeats March 18)
📍 LINK
💸 $25

The ridiculously talented students of the Glenn Gould School are kicking off their Spring Opera production with Handel’s Rinaldo. The production will also include many of the school’s orchestral musicians, both in the pit and performing on the stage of Koerner Hall with the singers. The baroque opera will be conducted by Ivars Taurins, directed by Tom Diamond, with designs by Teresa Przybylski, lighting by Jason Hand and choreography by Marie-Josée Chartier. | Details

Tafelmusik | Haydn & Friends

📅 Thursday — March 17, 2022, 8 p.m. ET
📍 LINK
💸 $19+

Baroque music lovers, this is for you. Tafelmusik’s Elisa Citterio has curated a program of trios by Haydn, Bréval, Boccherini, and Danzi. While baroque music is known for its emotional force, these witty and charming compositions favour the clarity and elegance of classical music. | Details

National Ballet of Canada | The Sleeping Beauty

📅 Friday — March 18, 2022, 7:30 p.m. ET (repeats through March 27)
📍 LINK
💸 $42+

Rudolf Nureyev’s production of The Sleeping Beauty from 1972 is historic not only because it is one of the most lavish and dazzling works in the dance repertoire, but also because it put the National Ballet of Canada on the map. Tchaikovsky’s stunning score and dazzling variations make it a ballet lover’s dream. Not-to-be-missed | Details

Westben | Caitlin Wood (Online)

📅 Saturday — March 19, 2022, 8 p.m. ET
📍 LINK
💸 Free!

For those who prefer to stay home, we recommend tuning into an online event presented by Westben. Composer Brian Finley and soprano Caitlin Wood will perform works by Mozart and Puccini, and selections from Brian’s musical Samson. While you’re at it, be sure to check out Westben’s fancy new interactive website. | Details

Mightier Productions | The Lion Heart

📅 Saturday — March 19, 2022, 7:30 p.m. ET (repeats March 20)
📍 LINK
💸 $40

The Lion Heart is a new indie opera from Ontario-based-tenor Corey Arnold and bass Kyle McDonald. Going by the storyline, it’s a Medieval legend circling King Richard I, who gets captured by a vengeful Duke. As you can imagine, it gets messy. The libretto is in English, and the score is arranged for 16 instruments. The show is both online and in-person. | Details

Royal Conservatory | ARC Ensemble

📅 Sunday — March 20, 2022, 2 p.m. ET
📍 LINK
💸 $25+

You can never go wrong with the ARC Ensemble. As Toronto’s unofficial chamber music supergroup, the three-time Grammy-nominated group is celebrating its 20th anniversary season with concerts highlighting important but little-known works prohibited by 20th century’s repressive regimes. You’ll hear rarities by composers Verdina Shlonsky, Paul Ben-Haim, and Franz Crzellitzer. | Details

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