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  • Keri Alkema: A Journey of Transformation May 22, 2018
    Today’s noon-hour recital at the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre aka the foyer of the Four Seasons Centre was unlike any we’ve seen before. Readers of this blog may recall that I’ve expressed my admiration for Keri Alkema in my reviews of … Continue reading →
  • Questions for Bruno Roy May 18, 2018
    Time flies. It seems like it was only yesterday that baritone Bruno Roy was a finalist in Centre Stage, the 2015 Ensemble Studio competition. The new voice that we had never heard before? He is now about to make his … Continue reading →
  • Hockey Noir May 11, 2018
    I love ambition. Tonight I was plunged into a world completely unlike anything I’ve encountered in opera, and it will be replayed tomorrow.  Okay, performed again I should say, even if it does feel like a hockey game at the … Continue reading →
  • Questions for David Fallis: Toronto Consort & Monteverdi’s Orfeo May 9, 2018
    When I interviewed David Fallis five and a half years ago concerning a period production of Der Freischütz my first sentence said that he “is surely one of the most important musical minds in Canada,” an assertion that has only gathered weight with … Continue reading →
  • All –Beethoven Tafelmusik Finale May 4, 2018
    Tonight’s programme from Tafelmusik was the first of their season-ending concerts at Koerner Hall. We heard Beethoven’s violin concerto & the Pastorale symphony. Thinking about moustaches & tears earlier this week, it felt serendipitous to be studying the same sort … Continue reading →

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  • More stuff in June May 24, 2018
    A couple of things that I found out about too late to include in my June preview post… On June 26th and 27th at Calvin Presbyterian Church there are workshops of a new opera, The Llandovery Castle, based on the story … Continue reading →
  • He prayeth best that loveth best May 21, 2018
    I’m not sure how I’ve not come across the music of Howard Skempton before but it took a flyer for a disk with a setting of The Ancient Mariner to get my attention.  I’m fascinated by what contemporary composers do … Continue reading →
  • Three card trick May 20, 2018
    Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades is a rather odd opera.  It’s got some really good music but it’s dramatically a bit of a mess; it’s episodic and the plot contains highly implausible occult elements.  The 2016 production at Dutch National Opera … Continue reading →
  • Rivers and Railways May 18, 2018
    I’d hesitate to call Eliza Carthy a “folk musician”.  Like the rest of the Waterson/Carthy clan she’s much more than that and she’s always had the capacity to surprise; moving from a member of her mum and dad’s band to … Continue reading →
  • CMIM schedule and broadcast info May 18, 2018
    I think I now have the complete schedule and broadcast information for the Concours musical internationale de Montréal édition Chant 2018. Tuesday May 29th, 3pm and 7.30pm: Art Song First Round Wednesday May 30th, 3pm and 7.30pm: Aria First Round … Continue reading →

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  • 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. Advertisements
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  • Noir as the Puck May 11, 2018
    On paper, it looks like hubris: how can film noir, hockey, comics and opera tolerate (let alone enhance) one another? But ten minutes into Hockey Noir, a graphic opera composed by Andre Ristic to the libretto by Cecil Castellucci and video-projected comic book panels by Kimberlyn Porter, the resistance was futile. I sat up and […]
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  • Just announced May 8, 2018
    Opera returns to the Theatre Passe Muraille next season, thanks to a Tapestry collab. This looks intriguing.
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  • Oh the uproar May 4, 2018
    I don’t mind when readers and opera goers review my reviews. Fair game. And I welcome the interaction. But I don’t understand the upset that I hear is brewing on Facebook and through emails to my editor around my review of Anna Bolena at the COC. It’s a fairly sedate review, but even that amount […]
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  • The revenge of the tiaras May 1, 2018
    This was terrible. Like, losing the will to live terrible. Sat there thinking, why are we all here tonight? To watch some frocks and tiaras, listen to some utterly pointless bel caaaaaaaaantoOOOooo? Stephen Lawless’ Anna Bolena at the COC
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