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  • Opera by Request—Salome January 21, 2018
    The concept is exactly as it sounds.  If you’re a singer wanting to do a role, Opera by Request is the place for you.  William Shookhoff is a busy man, the pianist & music director responsible for making those requests … Continue reading →
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  • Safe Haven Mackay’s best yet January 20, 2018
    The headline is meant to convey an enthusiastic response to something I’ll attempt to analyze.  I liked it. Alison Mackay has grown from her role playing violone & double bass with Tafelmusik into their programmer extraordinaire, creating a series of … Continue reading →
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  • Extra Questions for John Allemang January 16, 2018
    I went to a small school where hero-worship was natural, given that we were all boys (that changed as they admitted girls for the first time in the very year I left, and yes I wish it had been sooner).  … Continue reading →
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  • Nine in Concert January 13, 2018
    The musical Nine is a bit of a virtuoso vehicle, putting thirteen women, a man and a boy onstage together.  The music & lyrics by Maury Yeston are never easy but quite rewarding, particularly if you have an actual orchestra, … Continue reading →
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  • H̶a̶m̶l̶e̶t̶ at Tarragon January 11, 2018
    On the program it’s Hamlet but the font is struck through like this: H̶a̶m̶l̶e̶t̶. I wondered, was this to be a musical? The advance description said “Shakespeare’s best-known tragedy is reimagined on the Tarragon stage through the powerful lens of … Continue reading →
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  • Signal boosting January 20, 2018
    Out of the Cold Benefit Concert For Toronto Homeless – January 27th at 8pm at the Church of the Redeemer. Toronto musicians are getting together to play a concert to raise funds for and awareness of the homelessness crisis in … Continue reading →
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  • Don’t take that baritone with me! January 19, 2018
    To the Four Season’s Centre last night to check out one of the COC’s adult education events.  This time it was about the baritone voice in all its aspects and featured Liz Upchurch at the piano and, mostly, doing the … Continue reading →
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  • Looking ahead to February January 18, 2018
    February is going to be really busy so I think I’ll take the previews in chunks.  First up though one event in January I haven’t yet had opportunity to mention.  This coming Sunday 21st Fawn Chamber Creative have a PWYC … Continue reading →
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  • My armour is transformed into wings January 17, 2018
    I’m usually a bit leery of watching older recordings of 19th century Italian opera.  The aesthetic is rarely my thing.  But, when I came across a recording of Verdi’s Giovanna d’Arco directed by Werner Herzog I had to take a … Continue reading →
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  • The actual, for real, COC 2018/19 season January 17, 2018
    This just in: The fall season will open with Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin in the Carsen production as predicted yesterday.  The (pleasant) surprise is that Gordon Bintner will sing the title role.  Joyce El-Khoury sings Tatiana and Joseph Kaiser is Lensky. … Continue reading →
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  • The year in books December 30, 2017
    Well. I suspect due to various personal upheavals this year, good (a lot more writing assigned and pitches picked up than last year, on top of my regular 3-day-a-week non-writing job in Etobicoke) and bad (having to move out from the rent-stabilized apartment where I lived for 9 years was a proper life kerfuffle), I […]
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  • The year in review December 30, 2017
    Some of the good things about 2017: In Concert Sarah Connolly sings Das Lied von der Erde with Chicago Symphony Orchestra, c. James Conlon. I went to Chicago for this; sadly the TSO’s own Erde was a wreck this year. Adrianne Pieczonka sings Winterreise, Rachel Andrist @ piano Soundstreams presents R. Murray Schafer’s Odditorium Canadian […]
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  • Podcast Episode the First December 28, 2017
    So I went and created a podcast. It’s called Alto, it’ll cover music and literature and occasionally other stuff too and it’ll drop last Thursday of every month. The first episode is right here and on the Soundcloud, & can be streamed or downloaded. Guests Jenna Douglas Simeonov of Schmopera, John Gilks of Opera Ramblings, […]
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  • The Messiah, liberated December 19, 2017
    British conductor Matthew Halls was unknown to me until last night, but I’ll be following his career from now on with interest since he liberated Toronto’s biggest Messiah from Andrew Davis’ vision and made it exciting again. Thanks also go to those who booked Halls for this run of The Messiah concerts in December (there […]
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  • Handel Unbound December 15, 2017
    Against the Grain’s new Handel concoction, Bound, is still very much a work in progress. Last night, we had a chance to see the first version of the three-year process of developing a production, and the final version may end up being completely reinvented. The founding idea is good: 7 characters who are confined due […]
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