Another Brick In The Wall—Nov 13 to 23


Liz Upchurch at Ensemble

Liz Upchurch, The Rubies 2019—Giving Voice to the New

English pianist, coach, and mentor Liz Upchurch has much to celebrate this season. 2019 marks her 20th year as Head of the Canadian Opera...
Glynis Leyshon Il trittico rehearsal

Glynis Leyshon on Il trittico—Tackling Puccini’s Trio

“Given in bits.” Such were the words acclaimed composer Giacomo Puccini used to describe productions of Il trittico, his anthology opera.  “Brutally torn to pieces,”...
Met Manon with Lisette Oropesa and Brett Polegato

Manon at the Met—a marvelous revival keeps Massenet fresh

Laurent Pelly’s drab production of Massenet’s Manon will never be a favorite of mine (he’s got a far, far defter hand for comedy), but...
Turandot and Calaf in COC Turandot

COC Turandot — Making people out of porcelain

Canadian Opera Company’s (COC) season-opening presentation of Puccini’s Turandot (seen Sept. 28th) showcased the full force of legendary avant-garde director Robert Wilson’s genre-shattering impact...
John Estacio

John Estacio, The Rubies 2019 — Singing for the West

Edmonton composer John Estacio’s immigrant Portuguese family lived on a farm north of Toronto. When John was a child his family’s budget precluded music...
Neef and Paris

From Pocketbook to Playbill: Paris Opera and Alexander Neef

Following weeks of rumours, Alexander Neef, the current General Director of the Canadian Opera Company was formally announced as the new Director of the...

Carlo Rizzi discusses Puccini, love, and the limits of tradition

“I got up at 5am, but it’s okay—I’m an early riser!” Maestro Carlo Rizzi is still adjusting to a six-hour time difference. The celebrated Italian...

Dutch National Opera: Pagliacci/Cavalleria rusticana—A double bill turned inside out

With a double bill that opened the Dutch National Opera (DNO) 19/20 season on Sept. 5th, Robert Carsen celebrates the traditional tandem of Mascagni’s Cavalleria...
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"I have to pinch myself at the end of some days."

This year #TheRubies are thrilled to honour Liz Upchurch, Head of Canadian Opera Company's Ensemble Studio. Opera Canada contributor Jenna Simeonov sat down for an interview with Upchurch to discuss her decades-spanning career, her collaborations with Canadian opera mainstays John Hess Jennifer Tarver & Michael McMahon, and the ways she's shaped opera education in Canada.
Wendy Nielsen will present Upchurch with her award on November 4th, 2019.


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