TsO’s homage to an op­er­atic great

Toronto Life - - Culture -

Trib­ute to Mau­reen For­rester

Oct. 19 and 20, Roy Thom­son Hall The late Cana­dian con­tralto Mau­reen For­rester was known for her sense of hu­mour, easy man­ners, love of Canuck com­posers and that sump­tu­ous, vel­vety voice. She made sig­na­ture pieces of many of Gus­tav Mahler’s sym­phonic works, most no­tably the song cy­cle Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth). In this trib­ute to For­rester, Su­san Platts brings her own warm-hearted mezzo voice to the great work along­side tenor Michael Schade. Also on the pro­gram: the world pre­miere of a new piece for mezzo-so­prano and or­ches­tra by Howard Shore.

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