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Opera Canada names new Editorial Director

Gianmarco Segato joins Opera Canada Publications as the magazine’s new Editorial Director Opera Canada Publications is pleased to announce the appointment of Gianmarco Segato as...

2016 Rubies Awards

The Opera Canada Awards (The Rubies) were established in 1999 to recognize and honour outstanding individual achievements on stage and behind the scenes. 2016 Honoureés Sandra...

2015 Rubies Awards

Honorees: Carrol Anne Curry W. R. (Bob) McPhee Wendy Nielsen Presenters: Stuart Hamilton John Estacio Liz Upchurch Performers: Allyson McHardy Lida Szwkarek Aviva Fortunata Rachel Andrist Canadian Children’s Opera Company

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  • Collision: Spectra Ensemble at the Arcola Theatre August 19, 2017
    ‘Asteroid flyby in October: A drill for the end of the world?’ So shouted a headline in USA Today earlier this month, as journalist Doyle Rice asked, ‘Are we ready for an asteroid impact?’ in his report that in October NASA will conduct a drill to see how well its planetary defence system would work […]
    Claire Seymour
  • Joshua Bell offers Hispanic headiness at the Proms August 18, 2017
    At the start of the 20th century, French composers seemed to be conducting a cultural love affair with Spain, an affair initiated by the Universal Exposition of 1889 where the twenty-five-year old Debussy and the fourteen-year-old Ravel had the opportunity to hear new sounds from East Asia, such as the Javanese gamelan, alongside gypsy flamenco […]
    Claire Seymour
  • John Joubert's Jane Eyre August 17, 2017
    Librettists have long mined the literature shelves for narratives that are ripe for musico-dramatic embodiment. On the whole, it’s the short stories and poems - The Turn of the Screw, Eugene Onegin or Death in Venice, for example - that best lend themselves to operatic adaptation.
    Claire Seymour
  • Hibiki: a European premiere by Mark-Anthony Turnage at the Proms August 15, 2017
    Hibiki: sound, noise, echo, reverberation, harmony. Commissioned by the Suntory Hall in Tokyo to celebrate the Hall’s 30th anniversary in 2016, Mark-Anthony Turnage’s 50-minute Hibiki, for two female soloists, children’s chorus and large orchestra, purports to reflect on the ‘human reverberations’ of the Tohoku earthquake in 2011 and the devastation caused by the subsequent tsunami […]
    Claire Seymour
  • Through Life and Love: Louise Alder sings Strauss August 11, 2017
    Soprano Louise Alder has had an eventful few months. Declared ‘Young Singer of the Year’ at the 2017 International Opera Awards in May, the following month she won the Dame Joan Sutherland Audience Prize at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World.
    Claire Seymour

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  • Macbeth review – high camp, dark drama and more than a hint of Game of Thrones August 20, 2017
    Festival theatre, EdinburghThis new production from Teatro Regio Torino has a solid cast and striking imagery backed by a richly nuanced account of Verdi’s score Verdi’s take on the Scottish play was the first opera to be performed at the inaugural Edinburgh festival, which is why it makes an appearance at the festival’s 70th anniversary […]
    Rowena Smith
  • Edinburgh festival 2017: the shows we recommend August 20, 2017
    Plan your viewing with our list of top shows, ordered by start time. This page will be updated throughout the festival Continue reading...
    Lyn Gardner, Brian Logan, Judith Mackrell and Rowena Smith
  • Adelaide festival 2018 opera headliner is Brett Dean and Neil Armfield’s Hamlet August 17, 2017
    Following the success of Barrie Kosky’s Saul, Adelaide festival continues its Glyndebourne partnership with another Australian creative teamInternationally renowned Australian opera talent will again headline Adelaide festival in the form of composer Brett Dean’s Hamlet. The Glyndebourne Festival Opera production, directed by Neil Armfield, who is also co-artistic director of Adelaide festival, will have its […]
    Stephanie Convery
  • Tom Phillips: two skulls, 50,000 postcards and a book that took 50 years to finish August 11, 2017
    He’s now in his 80s but the man who painted Beckett, illustrated Hell and made art out of beard trimmings, is still fired up. As his half-backwards opera Irma returns, we join the great experimentalist for a boozy lunch of artisanal bubble and squeakOne day 51 years ago, Tom Phillips strolled from his home in […]
    Stuart Jeffries
  • Don Giovanni review – Ivan Fischer's singular vision leaves his singers in limbo August 10, 2017
    Festival theatre, EdinburghFischer is a conductor with great things to say about Mozart but this staged concert performance fails to do justice to the opera’s drama, white-painted extras notwithstandingWhen is a performance of an opera in the theatre not a production? The answer, at least according to conductor Ivan Fischer, is when it is a […]
    Rowena Smith