ANYBODY acquainted with one of Canberra’s finest musicians, countertenor Tobias Cole, knows that the famous Opera Australia principal artist is a dedicated family man, so it comes as a surprise to learn that he’s joining Coro singers and pianist Anthony Smith Tomorrow for a special Valentine’s Day concert called “Toby Cole is Lovesick,” which purports to celebrate “the exquisite pain of unrequited love”.
The concert program takes a bittersweet journey through five centuries of music-making, from the confessions of a lovelorn West Country farmer, (Britten’s “O Waly, Waly”) through the emotional outpourings of a bloodthirsty Italian nobleman (Carlo Gesualdo”s “Ahi, Disperata Vita”) to the refinement of a Parisian salon (Fauré’s “Pavane”, Op. 50).
Cole and Coro are offering a mixture of solo and choral works by composers including Monteverdi, Handel, Elgar and Eric Whitacre, but there will also be a light-hearted note with Frank Bridge’s tragic tale of goslings in love and a contemporary arrangement of traditional Brazilian folk-song “Azulão”.
Coro co-founder Paul Eldon says “we have been looking for opportunities to collaborate with Toby for some time, and we are thrilled to be able to present such a varied, complex and satisfying program with an artist of his calibre.”
Coro is a young and fresh group of semi-professional singers that follows the European festival chorus tradition of rehearsals and performance.
In this case they’ll be running the gamut of the emotions.
“Toby Cole is Lovesick,” 7:30pm, Valentine’s Day, Feb, bto www.corocanberra.com or tickets at the door if still available.