Giuseppe Verdi’s Falstaff is popping up all over the place this season. In Toronto, New York, at Opera Hamilton and elsewhere, companies are choosing the maestro’s final work to salute his bicentenary.
On June 1, we put out a call for reader submissions on favourite musical experiencess in Toronto. Here is a wonderful personal story from Kathy Suranyi, who will get a copy of the new book, Roy Thomson Hall: A Portrait. Your story is welcome, too (details here).
It has been a really exciting and personal project because it was a first for me in a couple of ways. I’ve played lots of contemporary music since I was teenager, but never a completely post-1960s program, and never a program where a good 50 per cent was written for me by people I can call friends.
This is a guest review by Toronto poet Aparna Halpé of pianist Eve Egoyan’s solo recital and launch of new album 5, a collection of posthumously discovered works by Ann Southam, at the Glenn Gould Studio on April 19:
Recent “graduates” of the competition include soprano Jenavieve Moore, who recently made her BBC début and is now singing on concert stages in Europe. Pianist Annie Zhou has gone on to perform with the Montreal, Minnesota, and Toronto Symphonies.