Magazine article Opera Canada

Taptoo. (Opera in Review: Toronto)

Magazine article Opera Canada

Taptoo. (Opera in Review: Toronto)

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Taptoo, with music by John Beckwith and libretto by James Reaney, was given its first full orchestral production by the University of Toronto Opera Division. Beckwith calls the work "a documentary ballad opera," and the libretto is a history lesson about Loyalists and the founding of York, later Toronto.

Conductor Sandra Horst did a very nice job with the students in the pit, while director Michael Patrick Albano came up with imaginative sets and staging. The opera was placed on a ramp stage against a projected backdrop of period drawings, engravings and photographs, with the odd piece brought in for effect.

Beckwith's musical pastiche was undistinguished, but the problem lay with Reaney's schizophrenic libretto. Act I concentrates on a young boy, separated from his Loyalist family during the American Revolution, who becomes a drummer boy to survive. What had been a domestic tale in the first act, however, became a docudrama in the second. …

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