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  • Nightwood Theatre: Strombergs Family Realization Fund winner October 19, 2019
    Nightwood Theatre is pleased to announce the winner of the inaugural Strombergs Family Realization Fund: Dian Marie Bridge. This $10,000 cash award, established by theatre director Vinetta Strombergs in honour of her artist parents, is intended to support a woman … Continue reading →
  • Seventh Elizabeth Krehm Memorial Concert: Shostakovich & Strauss October 18, 2019
    Annual benefit concert for St. Michael’s Hospital  Strauss’ Four Last Songs and Shostakovich’s 5th Symphony Program includes Kol Nidrei by Bruch, The Four Last Songs by Strauss and Symphony no. 5 by Shostakovich. TORONTO—An accomplished group of musicians will assemble on Mon Nov. 25, 2019 for a special performance at … Continue reading →
  • Welcome to the Club: PAL fund-raiser October 18, 2019
    Welcome to the Club! Please join us at PAL’s Crest Theatre Green Room on Thursday October 24 for a star-studded evening in support of the programming at PAL’s Celebrity Club! 110 The Esplanade, Toronto Featuring: Sean Cullen David Warrack Theresa … Continue reading →
  • Resonant Minorities October 18, 2019
    Tonight I was present at the Canadian premiere of Yang Zhen’s third installment of his “Revolution Game Trilogy”, Minorities, a Red Virgo production presented by Canadian Stage. You will recognize many things in this show. We watch five female dancers later … Continue reading →
  • Rusalka: and now for something completely different October 13, 2019
    Tonight the Canadian Opera Company premiered their take on the recent Lyric Opera of Chicago production of Dvořák’s Rusalka directed by Sir David McVicar. It stands in rather stark contrast to the other current COC production, Puccini’s Turandot¸ whose mise-en-scene … Continue reading →

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  • The Palace of the Dreamking October 18, 2019
    Peter Greve is a Dutch composer of works for various forces all of which could, I suppose, be considered tone poems as they all have thematic/storyline elements.  The “stories” for the pieces on the CD can be found here.  Stylistically … Continue reading →
  • First half of November October 16, 2019
    I think it’s time to get back to doing two listing posts per month as the schedule is getting pretty busy. On November 1st at 8pm Karina Gauvin is appearing at Koerner Hall with the Pacific Baroque Orchestra in a … Continue reading →
  • AtG’s La Bohème October 15, 2019
    Couldn’t make it to the Tranzac?  Too busy to watch the livestream on Sunday?  No problem.
  • News, news, news October 14, 2019
    Various new production and season announcements… LooseTEA Theatre have announced their season.  November 2nd to 4th, at Heliconian Hall, there’s a double bill of Anne Frank operas.  Singing Only Softly music by Cecilia Livingston, libretto by Monica Pearce and Alaina Viau … Continue reading →
  • Rusalka – Dream or Nightmare? October 13, 2019
    David McVicar’s production of Dvořák’s Rusalka opens with a prelude while the overture plays.  We see the Foreign Princess and the Prince.  She appears to be upbraiding him and he is drinking hard.  Are we seeing a failed/forced marriage that … Continue reading →

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  • Turandot by Bob Wilson: A Doll’s House October 3, 2019
    There was a bright streak of joy running through Puccini’s Turandot as conceived by Bob Wilson, contrary to this opera’s reputation as a solemn, staid affair made up of a series of proclamations. Perhaps it’s because Wilson’s famous white makeup ‘masks’ reminded so much of Buster Keaton and the comedy figures of the silent film […]
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  • Interview: David McVicar September 30, 2019
    “You are my only interview,” says the director David McVicar as he joins me in the boardroom that has been reserved for us for this purpose at the COC’s Front Street HQ, and I presume he implies “so make it good.” Fifty minutes later, it looks like both of us could very much go on, […]
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  • The latest by Hemon September 17, 2019
    I realize that some of the blog subscribers may be interested in my non-opera-related writing as well. Here’s my latest essay for the Literary Review of Canada, on Aleksandar Hemon’s new book.
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  • Conversations about Canada: John Doyle September 16, 2019
    Why, look at the time! Next month, it will be 20 years since I first moved to Canada. This anniversary got me thinking… about many things. And I decided to talk to people, Canadians old and new, and long-time Canadian residents, about this country that I feel I know less now than I thought I […]
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  • September matters August 31, 2019
    How accurate are the arts about mental health issues? I got thinking about this while working on the September piece for the Wholenote, which is an interview with soprano Monica Whicher about the concert series organized each year at the U of T during the Suicide Prevention Week. It’s a good occasion to talk about […]
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