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Kocán in COC's Rusalka

Rusalka at the COC — Darkness in Still Waters

Canadian Opera Company premiered a sensuous and sumptuous, new-to-Toronto production of Rusalka on Oct. 12th. Sir David McVicar’s wildly entertaining staging of Dvořák’s story...
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...
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