Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Next Kingston Opera Guild Meeting and Video Night

Next Kingston Opera Guild meeting will be in September 2015; date TBA

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Kingston Opera Lovers' Calendar for Spring 2014

Kingston Opera Guild Meeting: Thursday, April 24
        see previous message

Kingston Opera Guild "Operabus" Trips:
Canadian Opera Company Performances
at the Four Seasons Centre in Toronto

        Sunday, April 27: Hercules - George Frederic Handel
        Sunday, May 11: Don Quichotte - Jules Massenet
        Sunday, May 18: Roberto Devereux - Gaetano Donizetti

        Information and tickets: Call Faye Pike: 613-544-2887

Opera Performances in High Definition on the Big Screen:
   from the Metropolitan Opera, New York City,
   at the Cineplex Odeon Theatre, 626 Gardiners Road, Kingston

        Saturday, March 1: Prince Igor - A. Borodin
                Encore: Saturday, April 12, both at 12:00 noon

        Saturday, March 15: Werther - J. Massenet
                Encore: Saturday, May 24, both at 12:55 pm

        Saturday, April 5: La Bohème - G. Bizet
                Encore: Saturday, June 7, both at 12:55 pm

        Saturday, April 26: Così Fan Tutte - W.A.Mozart
                Encores: Saturday, June 21, both at 12:55 pm

        Saturday, May 10: La Cenerentola - G. Rossini
                Encores: July 5, both at 12:00 noon

        more information: 

   from the Royal Opera House, London, England,
   at the Screening Room Theatre, 
   120 Princess St, (2nd Floor), Kingston
        Sunday, April 27: Les Vépres Siciliennes - G. Verdi
        Sunday, May 25: Carmen - G. Bizet
        Sunday, June 29: Parsifal - R. Wagner
        more information: 

Vocal Music in Kingston:

        Saturday, April 5, 7:30pm
        at Sydenham Street United Church, 
        82 Sydenham Street, Kingston
        Cantabile Choirs present By the Footlights
        A thrilling evening of opera, operetta and music theatre
        with our friends, Claire de Sévigné (coloratura soprano)
        and Cantabile alumnus, Geoffrey Sirett
        Music by Tchaikovsky, Puccini, Jerome Kern, 
        Leonard Bernstein, and excerpts from Les Misérables!
        Adult and teen choirs will perform.
        Tickets are available from Cantabile Choirs at or 613-549-0099, or at the 
        Church Bookroom, Renaissance Music, or at the door.

        Sunday, April 27, 2:30 pm
        at St. George's Cathedral, 270 King St. E., Kingston
        The Kingston Chamber Choir presents  Seeking Peace
        A concert on a theme connecting with the Peace Quest
        initiative of the Sisters of Providence, featuring guests
        Michael Savon (guitar) and Jesse Clark (baritone).
        Explores both the peace of Vaughan-Williams's 
         Donna Nobis Pacem and the interior peace we all seek. 

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra Concerts
        Koerner Hall, Toronto

        Apr 9, 10, 12, 13: The Rival Queens
        with 4-time JUNO award winner Isabel Bayrakdarian
        Faustina Bordoni and Fancesca Cuzzoni; soprano
        music written for the famous "rival queens" 
            of 18th century London
        Their rivalry inspired riots at the opera house 
        and their behaviour so enraged Handel that he 
        threatened to dangle one of them out of the window!

        For more information about these and other Tafelmusik 
        concerts, please visit

Opera in Ottawa

        April 19, 21, 23 and 26, at 8:00 pm
        at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa
        Opera Lyra presents Madama Butterfly

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

2013-2014 Kingston Opera Guild Lecture Series

All events in the 2013-2014 Kingston Opera Guild Lecture Series will be in partnership with the Seniors Association Kingston Region. The talks will take place in the Simcoe Room at The Seniors Centre (56 Francis Street). Those who are not members of the Kingston Opera Guild must pay a small fee to the Seniors Association. Contact The Seniors Centre at 613-548-7810 after August 27, 2013 for more details. Watch this site for updated information closer to the time of each lecture.

Winter-Spring Program:

Thursday, April 24, 2014
7:30 to 9:30 pm
Elegance and Emotion: The Music of Jules Massenet
Loved by singers, maligned by critics, a joy to audiences;
How can we understand the musical legacy of Jules Massenet?
Presenter: Grace Orzech
Refreshments will be served after the talk.

2013-2014 Operabus Trips

Sunday, April 27, 2014
Hercules by George Frederic Handel

Sunday, May 11, 2014
Don Quichotte by Jules Massenet

Sunday, May 18, 2014
Roberto Devereux by Gaetano Donizetti