Luca Pisaroni, Miles Mykkanen and Roland Wood present the Canadian Opera Company’s free concert series
The Canadian Opera Company’s free concert series at the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheater is set to return for the first time in three seasons on September 20, 2022.
The company’s 15th season as Toronto’s go-to venue for diverse cultural programming will feature 70 concerts, from September to June, that will feature global and local artists in a variety of genres and disciplines.
In a statement, Meaghan Froh Metcalf, in her first season as head of the free concert series, said: “The free concert series has become a destination for people to come together, enjoy and reflect on the experiences human beings shared through music and dance. After more than two years of lockdowns and social distancing, we believe audience members will be eager to engage with stories that reflect the diverse communities that make up this great city.
Among the highlights of this year’s concert series, Luca Pisaroni, who will deliver an afternoon of works by Bellini, Donizetti, Rossini, Gounod and Saint-Saëns, and British baritone Roland Wood, who will show the public the professional life cycle of a baritone.
The series will also include concerts with mezzo-soprano Carolyn Sproule, bass and frequent COC artist Önay Köse, the LARK Ensemble made up of members of the COC Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the from the National Ballet of Canada, pianist Ishay Shaer, Duo Concertante, cellist Anita Graef and Indigenous Enterprise.
Returning artists include tenor Miles Mykkanen, harpsichordist Christopher Bagan, Canada’s Ballet Jӧrgen, Peggy Baker Dance Projects, artists from the COC Orchestra, the Mike Downes Trio, Padideh Ahrarnejad (tar) and Ali Massoudi (tombak ), accompanied by the beautiful voice of Mahnaz Raad, Ballet Creole and Toronto-based mixed East/West PhoeNX Ensemble and renowned tenor Lawrence Wiliford.