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  • Vitals November 16, 2018
    Whenever I see a new theatre piece, whether spoken or musical, I’m juggling a few balls, responding to the work that was composed / written the interpretation / direction of that piece the performances / acting in the piece Whatever … Continue reading →
  • Attila Keszei in 2018 November 13, 2018
    I’ve written about Attila Keszei a few times including an interview back in 2015. I met him at the University of Toronto, a kindred spirit because We’re both Hungarian We both worked for Facilities & Services at the University of … Continue reading →
  • Questions for Rose Plotek: Like Mother, Like Daughter November 12, 2018
    Questions about process and form can be among the most profound even if they seem to be never-ending.  I’m happily immersed in such considerations this week, having seen Humans by Circa (what is their idiom after all?) and Ken Gass’s … Continue reading →
  • Helen’s Necklace via Canadian Rep Theatre November 11, 2018
    I knew what I was going to see when I got to the upstairs space on Berkeley St. Oh sure, it was Canadian Rep Theatre’s staging of Carole Fréchette’s play Helen’s Necklace in John Murrell’s translation, directed by Ken Gass. … Continue reading →
  • Circa Humans November 10, 2018
    Tonight I saw Humans by the Circa Ensemble a visiting troupe from Australia. I read the following brief preamble from Yaron Lifschitz, the Artistic Director of Circa.  While it was poignant before the show, it was positively illuminating to re-read … Continue reading →

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  • Whispers of Heavenly Death November 13, 2018
    Whispers of Heavenly Death is a new CD of song settings by Scott Perkins. It’s a generously filled disk with nine works amounting to some 33 tracks.  First up are five Walt Whitman poems from the eponymous collection.  The settings … Continue reading →
  • L’invitation au voyage November 12, 2018
    Yesterday afternoon I attended the latest concert in the extremely well curated Mazzoleni Songmasters series at the Royal Conservatory of Music.  This one featured soprano Joyce El Khoury and mezzo Beste Kalender in a program of French songs influenced by … Continue reading →
  • 6th annual Krehm memorial concert November 11, 2018
    The 6th in the annual series of fundraisers for St. Mike’s ICU in memory of Elizabeth Krehm took place at Christ Church, Deer Park last night.  Once again Evan Mitchell had assembled a fine orchestra of volunteers and Elizabeth’s sister, … Continue reading →
  • Ayre on CD November 11, 2018
    I was fortunate, back in November 2016, to be at the Aga Khan Museum when Miriam Khalil gave an extraordinary performance of Osvaldo Golijov’s Ayre.  Good news!  It was recorded and it will soon be available as the inaugural release … Continue reading →
  • The valley of lost things November 10, 2018
    How to present a mostly forgotten composer to a modern audience is an interesting conundrum.  Reviving a four hour opera seria about Marcus Aurelius likely isn’t the answer and just sticking a few pieces in an otherwise mainstream program is … Continue reading →

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  • What are the land acknowledgements for November 9, 2018
    Due to an impending cold, I had to leave the TSO’s Britten Requiem today barely 20 min in, but I did stay long enough to hear the conductor read a land acknowledgement before saying a few words about the piece we were about to hear. I have never heard a land acknowledgement from the TSO […]
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  • New songsters on the block November 7, 2018
    A whole bunch of us missed the Muse 9 staging of Dominick Argento’s song cycle From the Diary of Virginia Woolf because it took place on the night of the Nightingale premiere at the COC. There’s a chance to see the same cast in a more or less concert version of the piece coming up […]
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  • Animula vagula blandula October 16, 2018
    I first visited Rome in 2006 and for a long while before and after it was my favourite city of all actual and possible cities. I had read the Yourcenar novel about the Emperor Hadrian especially before the trip and enjoyed it much more than I enjoy the memory of it now. Then, I thought […]
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  • Fiona Shaw directs Cendrillon October 3, 2018
    Here is the handsomeness that is Fiona Shaw, directing Cendrillon for the Glyndebourne Tour 2018. (Thank you Anik for bringing this Glyndebourne photo gallery link into my Twitter timeline.)
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  • Onegin! October 2, 2018
    So the Carsen Onegin is twenty years young and just opened the COC’s 18/19 season. My review is up on Opera Canada. I’ve been going through some recordings in preparation and in the process discovered a glorious 1955 mono from the Bolshoi with Galina Vishnyevskaya. This chorus gets me every time, but this rendition in […]
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