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  • Unforced Tears of Exile July 17, 2018
    Toronto Summer Music Festival’s theme for 2018 is “Reflections of Wartime”, in the centennial of the last year of World War I.  Tonight was my first concert, a presentation titled “Tears of Exile”, a program by Studio de musique ancienne … Continue reading →
  • Demoralization as a tactic July 14, 2018
    Don’t lose heart. But do you ever wonder whether someone might be deliberately trying to wear you down, demoralize you, persuade you to give up? I know that as a persistent CBC listener & CNN watcher, as a voracious consumer … Continue reading →
  • Parsifal Bayerische Staatsoper 2018 July 10, 2018
    As a Canadian I regularly see pleasant but undistinguished productions that are enjoyable for some aspects, while leaving me unsatisfied overall. The performance of Parsifal that I watched tonight live-streamed from the Bavarian State Opera, sung and played with such … Continue reading →
  • 1960 Les Troyens July 5, 2018
    It’s a testament to what might have been, this CD I’m reviewing, a relic to be sure.  In 1960 the stars didn’t quite align, wouldn’t permit the recording that was intended, Sir Thomas Beecham engaged to conduct Hector Berlioz’s mammoth … Continue reading →
  • A conversation with psychic Anastasia (Stacey) Agouros July 4, 2018
    I begin a bit differently on this occasion. I will speak about metaphysics & my beliefs. While I grew up infatuated with science, Hamlet put it nicely when he said There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than … Continue reading →

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  • SOLT and Classical Pursuits July 15, 2018
    Summer Opera Lyric Theatre has announced its 2018 season.  There are three shows.  Massenet’s Manon plays July 27th (8pm) and 29th (2pm) and August 1st (2pm) and 4th (8pm).  Handel’s Semele plays July 28th (8pm) and August 1st (8pm), 3rd … Continue reading →
  • Artsong reGENERATION – part 2 July 15, 2018
    So it was back to Walter Hall at 7.30pm for Saturday’s second instalment.  This time the programme kicked off with the Schumann Piano Quartet in E flat Major Op. 47 before the singers.  The first singer up was mezzo Danielle … Continue reading →
  • Artsong reGENERATION – part 1 July 15, 2018
    TSMF has made some small changes to the line up this year.  Instead of the art song component recitals for the academy programme being given together as two concerts they have been spread across four concerts with the balance being … Continue reading →
  • TSMF opener July 13, 2018
    The Toronto Summer Music Festival opened last night at Koerner Hall with a concert by the Escher Quartet who came in at quite short notice for the venerable Borodins who had to pull out due to illness.  The theme of … Continue reading →
  • The Canadian Nightingale July 11, 2018
    The Canadian Nightingale: Bertha Crawford and the Dream of the Prima Donna is a biography by Jane Cooper of early 20th century Canadian coloratura soprano Bertha Crawford who became, rather improbably, an “A” list opera star in Poland before returning … Continue reading →

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  • Toronto Summer Music Art of Song Academy – first concerts July 15, 2018
    I wrote a bit of a preview on the TSMF’s Art of Song Academy in the summer issue of Wholenote. The first of the recitals have just started happening. Yesterday, Julius Drake, who’s been working with the singers the preceding week, held a Master Class with four of them — four mezzo-sopranos, as it happens. […]
    Definitely the Opera
  • Kudos where kudos due June 30, 2018
    I’ve only recently found this out, but: the COC actually engaged their own administrative and artistic staff as the models in the promotional photos for the new season. The lovely people we see in those B&W pics in posters and programs for Otello, Hadrian, Cosi, Onegin etc are the COC staff. I’ve read somewhere (I […]
    Definitely the Opera
  • And Glyndebourne happened June 21, 2018
    To pay homage and celebrate the final Cesare sung by Sarah Connolly–possibly the final mezzo Cesare on a major stage, as the CTs have just about completely taken over the role–a few of us made the trip to that little opera house on private property in Lewes. National representation, l-r: UK, Finland, Canada, Australia. Back […]
    Definitely the Opera
  • Hmmmm… May 26, 2018
    Not sure what to think of this. Grandstanding, is my first thought. When did funding cuts help diversify anything? I get that the board members of the majors like the COC and the TSO need diversifying. But the main job of a board member is to fund-raise for the organization — such is our art […]
    Definitely the Opera
  • We interrupt this program May 23, 2018
    Oh hi Sarah Connolly and Joélle Harvey in rehearsals for Giulio Cesare, which opens on 10 June. Photo: Richard Hubert Smith — Glyndebourne (@glyndebourne) May 23, 2018 Seeing this on June 15th, btw. Managed to find a good return that’s also within my budget.
    Definitely the Opera
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