LE COMTE ORY - A Comic Opera by Rossini
Asitha Tennekoon, Caitlin Wood & Marjorie Maltais
with Dion Mazerolle, Clarence Frazer & Maria Soulis
Francois Racine | Host & Narrator
Nicole Bellamy | Music Director & Pianist
Sung in French, with piano
On Saturday March 2, come to the castle! Trinity-St. Pauls Centre is the place to be for high notes, hi- jinx and beautiful bel canto singing from a wonderful cast of Canadian singers in this rarely heard, gender-bending comic opera.
DAM Concert Opera presents Rossinis Le Comte Ory in a semi-staged version (sung in French) with interactive narration by director François Racine, who leads us through the story. This zany tale begins with Countess Adèle (sung by soprano Caitlin Wood) who is left alone in her castle while the men are away fighting. Add a mysterious hermit, a lovelorn page, a stern tutor, and soldiers disguised as nuns who break into the castle, and you have a great blend of comedy and melody, with some of the most exquisite arias, duets and ensembles in the repertoire.
Featuring singers of Domoney Artists Management, the cast includes established and next generation vocal stars, well known to Toronto audiences through their performances in both classic and contemporary opera with Canadian Opera Company, Against the Grain Theatre, Opera 5, Tapestry Opera, and Voicebox:Opera in Concert.
In the title role of Comte Ory is tenor Asitha Tennekoon, mezzo-soprano Marjorie Maltais is the page Isolier, Dion Mazerolle is the Tutor, Clarence Frazer is Raimbaud, and Maria Soulis is Ragone, companion to Countess Adele.
As Artist Manager/Presenter Kathy Domoney explains:
Caitlin Wood is debuting the role of Adèle with Edmonton Opera in April, and Asitha Tennekoon will be understudying John Tessier as Comte Ory. This seemed like a golden opportunity to give Asitha and Caitlin a chance to sing their roles for an audience, and for several of my artists to join the fun. Nicole Bellamy is music director/pianist, and François Racine has presented several operas in this interactive style. François will explain the key relationships and plot points - meanwhile, in another part of the castle, creating a fast-paced and entertaining evening for all.
See you at the castle!
Trinity St Paul's Centre (View)
427 Bloor St West
Toronto, ON M5S 1X7
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