The opera, which is barely longer than an hour, is as much about the music as the story itself — a doomed love affair between Salud, a Gypsy woman, and the wealthy Paco, a two-timing jerk who hangs her out to die on their supposed wedding day. The score bursts with the sounds of Andalusia, and includes parts for a Flamenco dancer, cantaor and guitarist on top of the seven-person cast and a chorus (which is being sung by the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir).
New Music 101 at the Elizabeth Beeton Auditorium, Toronto Reference Library, 7 p.m. Free admission.
This year’s fourth and final concert-chat exploring new music in Toronto features two of the city’s younger groups: the Toy Piano Composers and JunctQín Keyboard Collective, both of which have been putting together some very interesting concerts and collaborations. It’s a great opportunity to put a face to a sound — and vice versa. Details here.
The closer Luminato gets, the more I begin to wonder if two of this year’s big events are about transformative artistic experiences or about giving Toronto and visitors the opportunity to boast that they were able to experience the experience.