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Noël Coward – A Talent to Amuse
November 6, 2016 @ 3:15 pm - 4:45 pm
Four exceptional Canadian opera singers accompanied by acclaimed classical musicians present a special cabaret of beloved 20th Century theatrical music. Soprano Monica Whicher, mezzo Norine Burgess, tenor, Benjamin Butterfield, and baritone Alexander Dobson grace the stage complemented by Toronto-based illuminati Barry Shiffman, violin, Adrian Fung, cello, and John Greer, piano
Sir Noël Coward (1899-1973), known as “The Master” in British theatre, was considered a genius of many talents: actor, singer, producer, lyricist, composer, playwright, and entrepreneur. Since 1969, his vocal works have been celebrated in vibrant style under the banner of Sheridan Morley’s beloved biography A Talent to Amuse.
For many, Coward’s songs remain fresh, witty, perceptive, and touching. Our ensemble has selected some of the best, especially arranged for operatic quartet including I’ll See You Again, I’ll Follow My Secret Heart, Mad Dogs and Englishmen, and If Love Were All.
“Benjamin Butterfield was first-rate, a musically arresting presence…” San Francisco Chronicle
“…a lambent-toned Burgess gave the performance of the evening with her whimsical, touching interpretation…intimate in manner, but gloriously full-voiced.” Globe and Mail
“As always, Mr. Shiffman brought his trademark sweetness of tone to the work, and made it into a lyric poem.” Calgary Herald
PLEASE NOTE: This special show runs for 90 minutes without intermission.