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  • Inter-textual Strauss September 4, 2017
    Composer Richard Strauss often dropped subtle references to other works into his scores. We’re accustomed to this in poetry, drama or film, where a quote can add depths to our experience, but it’s especially powerful when we recall how abstract … Continue reading →
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  • An Arabella DVD August 29, 2017
    Every year as I prepare to teach the Most Popular Operas course at University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies, I have to adjust the course to include the current season’s repertoire. Fall is in the air, as the nights … Continue reading →
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  • Beethoven’s five minute sermon August 20, 2017
    Nothing changes your perspective on a piece of music like repurposing it. The new context may strain the original to its breaking point. A happy tune works well at a party, perhaps not so well at a funeral. This is … Continue reading →
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  • World Premiere of  Bandits in the Valley August 15, 2017
    For Immediate Release: August 15, 2017 Tapestry Opera Presents the World Premiere of  Bandits in the Valley at Toronto’s Historic Todmorden Mills -A free, all-ages opera for the community, weekends in September- TORONTO, ON: Canada’s leading contemporary opera company, Tapestry Opera, in conjunction with the … Continue reading →
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  • Syrinx: The way the future used to sound August 15, 2017
    One can’t write objectively about friends, especially when those old friends are beloved pieces of music. I’m very fortunate to get all sorts of wonderful recordings through the mail.  One of the best things about the summertime, when there are … Continue reading →
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  • Giulio Cesare September 25, 2017
    Last night’s concert by the UoT Fall Baroque Academy was more Sesto in a Sauna then Giulio Cesare in Egitto.  The music was all from Handel’s arguably greatest opera but the great man himself went unrepresented.  Various mezzos and sopranos … Continue reading →
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  • And off we go again September 24, 2017
    After the usual summer hiatus the Toronto music scene starts to get back into gear in the coming week.  Tonight there’s the final concert of the Fall Baroque Academy at Trinity College Chapel.  It features excerpts from Handel’s Giulio Cesare. … Continue reading →
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  • Bandits in the Valley September 3, 2017
    Bandits in the Valley opened yesterday at Todmorden Mills.  It’s a site specific comic opera with words by Julie Tepperman and music by Benton Roark.  The time is 1880.  Sir George Taylor is the owner of the most productive paper … Continue reading →
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  • Faccio’s Amleto September 2, 2017
    Franco Faccio’s 1865 work Amleto disappeared from the opera repertoire after the disastrous opening night of its 1871 revival at La Scala only to be “rediscovered” in recent years and featured at the 2016 Bregenz Festival.  It was Faccio’s second, … Continue reading →
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  • Season announcements August 24, 2017
    The Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre has now been unveiled, as has the UoT’s concert programme for 2017/18.  As usual the RBA programme is a treasure trove with a great deal of interest in the vocal series … Continue reading →
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  • September in Art Song September 1, 2017
    A few interesting things coming up in September. In my new The Wholenote article, I go on a bit about the Sept 23 recital (see below), but there will be more concerts of interest. For ex: 10 September 2017, 12 PM: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. World of Music: Mysterious Barricades. A cross-Canada concert […]
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  • Watch the Kentridge Wozzeck this Sunday August 25, 2017
    The COC-co-produced Wozzeck (with Salzburg, Met, and Opera Australia) directed by William Kentridge will be streamed on Medici TV this Sunday at 2PM Eastern. Watch it here. Medici will ask you to create a free account with a working email after a couple of minutes, so you might want to do that in advance. I […]
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  • Vivier’s Kopernikus in rehearsal at Banff June 30, 2017
    I just attended a rehearsal performance of Claude Vivier’s Kopernikus at Banff Centre for the Arts staged by the AtG’s Joel Ivany and conducted by Topher Mokrzewski and my first impression is ALERT — this is going to be a special thing. The piece runs roughly about an hour and it involves a deceased character […]
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  • Opera 5 introducing Ethel Smyth June 25, 2017
    Opera 5’s staging of two one-acts, Fête Galante and The Boatswain’s Mate, is probably Ethel Smyth’s (1858–1944) operatic debut in Toronto. The general and artistic directors of the company Rachel Krehm and Aria Umezawa as well as the director Jessica Derventzis and conductor Evan Mitchell deserve kudos for shedding light on this unexplored corner of […]
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  • Anna & Anna in elegant minimalism June 16, 2017
    Kurt Weill and Bertold Brecht’s The Seven Deadly Sins is a strange creature. A 40 minute long communist morality play in the form of a ballet with singing to a full orchestra was never going to be easy to stage.  To this day it’s more often recorded than performed, and the TSO programming it and […]
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