|La Scena Musicale - Vol. 5, No. 5 |
February 1, 2000
The opera lovers who missed Opera McGill's annual large-scale production can take heart. February offers plenty of opportunities:
Canadian baritone Gino Quilico returns to a Canadian-staged opera for the first time in 11 years as Iago in Verdi's masterpiece Otello -- a production mounted especially for him by l'Opéra de Montréal. February 5, 7, 10, 12, 16, 19 (514) 985-2258
In their first staged opera with orchestra last year, the University of Montreal Opera Atelier's production of Mozart's The Magic Flute was an unqualified success. The production team solved the problem of fitting the orchestra, sets and singers into the pitless Salle Claude-Champagne. This year's production is the Quebec premier of Hector Berlioz's Beatrice et Benedict. February 24, 25, 26, 27 (514) 343-6427. In Quebec City, the Laval University's Opera Atelier presents Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito February 25 and 26, (418) 670-9011.
At the 1998 Lanaudière Festival, contralto Ewa Podlès created a sensation with a program of Rossini arias that displayed both remarkable vocal and emotional prowess. Podlès will make her Montreal recital debut on February 6 as part of the Ladies' Morning Musical Club series. On the program are songs by Chopin, Karlowicz, Lutoslawski, Tchaikovsky and De Falla. (514) 932-6796.