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CRITIC’S PICKS | Classical Occasions You Completely Want To See This Week: Might 22 – Might 28


James Ehnes (Photo: B. Ealovega); The cast of The Soul of the Philosopher (L’anima del filosofo) L-R: Asitha Tennekoon (Orfeo); Lindsay McIntyre (Euridice); Parker Clements (Creonte); Maeve Palmer (Genio) (Photos courtesy of UofT); J.S. Bach (public domain)
James Ehnes (Picture: B. Ealovega); The forged of The Soul of the Thinker (L’anima del filosofo) L-R: Asitha Tennekoon (Orfeo); Lindsay McIntyre (Euridice); Parker Clements (Creonte); Maeve Palmer (Genio) (Pictures courtesy of UofT); J.S. Bach (public area)

This can be a checklist of live shows we’re attending, wishing we might attend, or eager about attending between Might 22 and Might 28, 2023. For extra particulars on what’s occurring round Toronto, go to our calendar right here.

Canadian Opera Firm/Tosca

Tuesday Might 23 at 7:30 p.m. (repeats Saturday Might 27 at 4:30 p.m.). 4 Seasons Centre. $65+

The COC revives the Puccini customary with the Irish soprano Sinéad Campbell-Wallace within the title position. Restricted availability on Might 27. Learn our interview with Scottish opera director Paul Curran right here, and Joseph So’s assessment right here. Ticket data right here.

Toronto Symphony Orchestra/James Ehnes/Jader Bignamini

Wednesday Might 24 at 8 p.m. (repeats Thursday Might 25 at 8 p.m. and Saturday Might 27 at 8 p.m.). Roy Thomson Corridor. $95+

The dependably glorious James Ehnes performs Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto; Jader Bignamini, the Italian music director of the Detroit Symphony, leads Mussorgsky’s Footage at an Exhibition within the acquainted Ravel orchestration. Additionally on supply: Alison Yun-Fei Jiang’s Hwa (Flowering), an eight-minute TSO fee. Information right here.

U of T/McGill/L’anima del filosofo (Orfeo)

Friday Might 26 at 7:30 p.m. (repeats Saturday Might 27 at 7:30 p.m.). MacMillan Theatre. Free (registration required).

For those who haven’t seen Haydn’s 1791 tackle the Orpheus delusion, don’t blush: neither did the composer. U of T and Opera McGill be part of forces to current what’s billed because the North American premiere. A symposium on the opera, Haydn’s final, will probably be held Saturday Might 27 at 10 a.m. in Walter Corridor. Learn our Preview right here. Information right here.

Toronto Bach Pageant/Leipzig Cantatas

Sunday Might 28 at 4 p.m. Eastminster United Church (310 Danforth Ave.).

The weekend Bach fest concludes with the substantial Cantatas BWV 75 and BWV 76. Tafelmusik oboist John Abberger leads a compact choir and orchestra. Be aware additionally a chat at 1:30 by musicologist Daniel Melamed on Bach’s transfer from Köthen to Leipzig. Learn our Preview right here. Extra data right here.

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