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November 2, 2012

Category: Performing Arts

La vida breve: A Spanish Opera

Only on Nov. 1 & Nov. 3. Spanish maestro, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, presides over this unique opportunity to enjoy Spanish composer Manuel de Falla’s passionate opera, La vida breve (The Short Life). This story of love and betrayal among gypsies overflows with soaring arias and fiery dances. It will be performed, complete with English supertitles, by a full cast of singers and flamenco artists direct from Spain. Intermission chat in the lobby on Nov 1 & 3. www.roythomson.com


Start: November 1, 2012
End: November 3, 2012
Location: Roy Thomson Hall

Die Fledermaus

Before serving his short prison term, Gabriel von Eisenstein decides to attend Prince Orlofsky’s ball. There, he is ensnared in a screwball plot of elaborate revenge, disguises, mistaken identity and spouses pushing the boundaries of each other’s fidelity. Amidst all the gaiety, this exquisite entertainment poses larger questions about a society dancing on the edge of ruin. Our brand new production conjures a fantasy world of madcap lunacy and bubbling champagne in elegant, early 20th-century Vienna.


Start: October 4, 2012
End: November 3, 2012

Cirque Éloize iD

Running Time: 90 minutes with one intermission. “Thrilling and exhilarating!” -Montreal Gazette. Cirque Éloize presents a phenomenal stage event filled with spectacular visual effects, amazing movement, touching moments and magical feats of skill. Ten circus disciplines including tumblers, acrobats, jugglers and contortionists are woven together to create a non-stop breathtaking, high-energy and explosive spectacle. www.sonycentre.ca


Start: November 1, 2012
End: November 4, 2012
Location: Sony Centre For The Performing Arts

Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna

Cirque du Soleil brings its latest big top production to Toronto at the end of the summer. Directed by Diane Paulus, Amaluna premieres on September 6, 2012 for a limited engagement under the blue-and-yellow Big Top at Port Lands. 6 additional performances have been added to the engagement and are now available at cirquedusoleil.com/amaluna. Reservations: 1-800-450-1480.

Start: September 6, 2012
End: November 4, 2012


In a room safe from the desolate landscape outside, Hamm, a blind man unable to stand, gives orders to his servant, Clov, a man unable to sit, as Hamm’s elderly parents, Nagg and Nell, look on from their trashcan homes. One of master absurdist Samuel Beckett’s most important works, Soulpepper’s acclaimed Endgame returns with a new vision. Directed by Daniel Brooks. Featuring Diego Matamoros, Michael Simpson, Maria Vacratsis and Joseph Ziegler.

Start: October 26, 2012
End: November 14, 2012
Venue: The Young Centre for the Performing Arts
55 Mill Street, Building 49

Sinfonia Toronto

At 8:00pm. Anastasia Rizikov, piano and Berislav Skenderovic, conductor. Canada’s next superstar, First Prize winner of the adult level of the Rotary International Competition in Spain – at age 11!

Tickets: $12 (students), $32 (seniors) and $39 (adults).


Start: October 16, 2012 8:00 pm
End: November 16, 2012 10:00 pm
Location: Glenn Gould Studio

La Cage Aux Folles

WELCOME TO La Cage Aux Folles! Winner of three 2010 Tony Awards® including the award for BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL, this hilarious new production of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES was the biggest hit of the 2010 Broadway season, leaving audiences in stitches night after night!

Starring George Hamilton and Christopher Sieber tells the story of Georges (George Hamilton), the owner of a glitzy nightclub in lovely Saint-Tropez, and his partner Albin (Christopher Sieber), who moonlights as the glamor­ous chanteuse Zaza. When Georges’ son brings his fiancée’s conservative parents home to meet the flashy pair, the bonds of family are put to the test as the feather boas fly!

LA CAGE is a tuneful and touching tale of one family’s struggle to stay together… stay fabulous… and above all else, stay true to themselves! With a glorious score of hummable melodies and a dynamite cast featuring the “notorious and dangerous Cagelles,” LA CAGE is an indisputable musical comedy classic… and this extraordinary new version shows you why!


La Cage Aux Folles Toronto
Start: October 10, 2012
End: November 18, 2012
Location: Royal Alexandra Theatre

Speaking in Tongues

When a woman goes missing, four marriages fall into a mess of sex, lies, and neglect. Through it all, each couple desperately searches for fulfillment and the line between right and wrong becomes dangerously blurred.

Speaking in Tongues is a thrilling play fresh from Australia; a multi-faceted adventure that reveals the darker side of human nature. The Company Theatre, our Berkeley Street Partners who presented 2011’s critically-acclaimed The Test, return with this intriguing and intelligent play in which nine parallel lives are interlocked by lust, infidelity, and one mysterious stiletto.


Start: October 29, 2012
End: November 24, 2012

Archival Dialogues: Reading the Black Star Collection

The Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto’s newest cultural destination, will open its doors on Saturday, September 29, 2012 with a spectacular exhibition that features never before-seen works by eight of Canada’s leading artists.

Archival Dialogues: Reading the Black Star Collection focuses on the Black Star Collection of approximately 292,000 historic black and white photojournalistic prints, as seen through the eyes of internationally-renowned Canadian contemporary artists Stephen Andrews, Christina Battle, Marie-Hélène Cousineau, Stan Douglas, Vera Frenkel, Vid Ingelevics, David Rokeby and Michael Snow.


Ryerson Image Centre
Start: September 29, 2012
End: December 16, 2012

War Horse

NOW ON STAGE! 1912: At the village auction, Albert’s father, Ted Narracott (a poor farmer who has had one too many beers that morning), decides to take on his brother and long-standing enemy, local bully Arthur Narracott. They set to bidding over a young hunter colt. After having driven the price up to astronomical proportions, Arthur gives up the bidding and lets Ted buy the horse.

Over the next two years Albert and Joey, as the horse is named, grow to love and to develop a profound understanding of each other.

1914: War with Germany is declared. The local yeomanry set about recruiting and Ted, unknown to Albert, decides to sell Joey to the army. Major, a local soldier, promises Albert that he will look after Joey when he goes to war: he gives him his solemn word that the horse will be safe. Albert reluctantly lets him go.

Major Nicholls is as good as his word, proving a loyal keeper and friend of Joey’s. He introduces him to Topthorn, a thoroughbred and the finest horse in the yeomanry. The two horses come to find peace and security together, for a while. After Major Nicholls is killed in action the horses are captured by the Germans. Meanwhile, back in Devon, the news of Major Nicholls’ death has reached Albert. Convinced that Joey will no longer be safe outside of his custody, Albert escapes from the farm and runs away to join the army and bring his beloved horse home safely.


Start: February 10, 2012
End: January 6, 2013
Location: Princess of Wales Theatre