Other Guys Theatre is proud to present a concert performance of Tobin Stokes' new chamber opera, Rattenbury, based on the true story of the architect of the same name. Well known in Victoria for his grand Parliament Buildings and Empress Hotel, Rattenbury’s tumultuous life story is truly operatic in proportion. His incredible ambition, his huge misfortunes through WW1, failed land speculations, the sinking of the Titanic and his role in the Klondike gold rush culminated in a dramatic and sordid fall from grace. His eventual murder in England by his young wife's even younger lover resulted in one of the most famous court cases ever to take place at the Old Bailey and led one to a death sentence and the other to suicide.
Rattenbury will be presented September 29 and 30, 2012, in the Crystal Ballroom of the Fairmont Empress Hotel. The concerts will be conducted by Arthur Arnold, Principal Guest Conductor of the Moscow Symphony.
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Hailed for his ringing top notes and spine-tingling power, Canadian tenor Richard Margison is one of the most critically acclaimed singers on the international stage today. He performs regularly in many of the world's leading opera houses including the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, the Canadian Opera Company, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the San Francisco Opera, the Theatre Royale de la Monnaie in Brussels, the Sydney Opera and the Grand Teatro del Liceu in Barcelona.Read More About Richard
Richard’s 2011-2012 features a mix of opera and concerts – he opens the season as Canio in the Edmonton Opera production of I Pagliacci, performs a benefit concert in Ottawa, takes on Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde with the Victoria Symphony before returning to Ottawa in one of his great roles – Cavaradossi in Puccini's Tosca for Opera Lyra Ottawa. He closes out his season with Mahler's Symphony No. 8 with the Toronto Symphony.
Victoria's Tobin Stokes has been a full-time composer for almost twenty years, writing for theatre, television, and more. He has been commissioned for the opening of the BC Summer Games, the XV Commonwealth Games, and the 2010 Olympics. He has served as a Composer-In-Residence with the Victoria Symphony and the Moscow Symphony has recorded his music. He maintains an ongoing Composer-In-Residence position with the International Choral Kathaumixw Festival, presenting new works and jurying the competition. He is regularly commissioned to write choral works for choirs from Canada to Spain, Australia, and more.Read More About Tobin
His music for over 150 film and television productions has been broadcast in dozens of countries, and includes co-composing scores for The Whale and Saving Luna, and writing scores for documentary series about Charles Darwin and Captain Cook.
His first opera, The Vinedressers, was produced by The Other Guys Theatre Company in 2001 at the Belfry Theatre, with a second production at the Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific. His second opera, Nootka, set at the arrival of the English and Spanish on Vancouver Island, has thus far been presented as an oratorio. His most recent opera is now being completed for City Opera Vancouver, funded by the Annenberg Foundation is set in Iraq in 2004.
Presently, and more locally, Tobin writes all the thematic music heard on the legislature channel Hansard, is the arranger and musical director for Good Timber, a production by The Other Guys Theatre, he scores fishing shows broadcast on CHEK TV, and his Victoria Symphony Splash piece that includes live Coho Ferry horn, Carillon, and recordings of both historic and present-day sounds heard in the harbour is receiving its second performance in August 2012.
Alma, mistress and, subsequently, second wife of Rattenbury was a composer and singer who was known by the stage name, Lozanna. In this 1932 film famous tenor, Frank Titterton, sings her composition, Dark Haired Marie, while Alma accompanies him on the piano.Watch Video Rattenbury Sponsors