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  • Tribute to Maureen Forrester October 20, 2017
    The Toronto Symphony presented the first of two concerts titled “A Tribute to Maureen Forrester” tonight, a celebration of a great Canadian artist, and two premieres. It felt a bit like a radio program, given that Ben Heppner was “host” … Continue reading →
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  • Tessék? October 19, 2017
    A little something has nagged at me for days after seeing Arabella at the Canadian Opera Company on the weekend, a moment stuck in my head like an ear-worm. It’s not a musical ear-worm, it’s a linguistic one. I have … Continue reading →
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  • Tapestry pays it forward October 19, 2017
    Tapestry Opera receives gift of $225,000 Bösendorfer piano; ‘pays it forward’ with disaster relief concert on October 25 Opera and jazz greats unite to inaugurate “the Stradivarius of pianos” with proceeds to benefit relief efforts across the world (Toronto, ON) – Tapestry Opera has … Continue reading →
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  • The Poetry of Apocalypse: The Films of Andrei Tarkovsky at TIFF October 19, 2017
    The Poetry of Apocalypse: The Films of Andrei Tarkovsky First Toronto retrospective in 15 years devoted to the visionary Russian auteur, including full theatrical runs for sci-fi masterpieces Stalkerand Solaris November 9 — 30, 2017 TIFF Bell Lightbox The Mirror (1974), Photo Credit: Janus Films … Continue reading →
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  • Magic Elixir October 15, 2017
    It’s my second consecutive opera involving a romantic beverage at the Four Seasons Centre with the Canadian Opera Company, and no I don’t mean what I was drinking. I can’t help comparing and contrasting Arabella, yesterday’s opera with The Elixir … Continue reading →
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  • (Dido and Aeneas)x2 October 21, 2017
    The decision by Toronto Masque Theatre to pair Purcell’s miniature opera, Dido and Aeneas, with James Rolfe and André Alexis’ piece on the lovers’ inner thoughts, Aeneas and Dido, paid off last night.  It produced an evening of just the … Continue reading →
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  • Osborne and Haji October 20, 2017
    Yesterday’s free lunchtime concert should have been the first opportunity to see Simone Osborne and Gordon Bintner in recital together but, sadly, Gordon had the lurgy so, if you want to see them perform together you will just have to … Continue reading →
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  • A Tribute to Maureen Forrester October 20, 2017
    Last night’s TSO concert was billed as a Tribute to Maureen Forrester with Ben Heppner MCing.  Inevitably the main even was Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde but first there was a sesquie and the premiere of a new piece; … Continue reading →
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  • A crazy week October 20, 2017
    It’s a bit of a crazy week coming up.  On Monday at 8pm there’s the first in a series of young artists concerts presented by Atelier Rosemarie Umetsu and Yamaha Canada.  This one features pianist Cindy Liu in an all … Continue reading →
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  • Back to the future with the Toronto Consort October 18, 2017
    The Toronto Consort has recently announced leadership changes concomitant on David Fallis stepping back his involvement as Artistic Director.  I have to admit that although I’ve attended and enjoyed Toronto Consort shows from time to time I’ve been a bit … Continue reading →
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  • Das Lied ohne Erde, and similar experiences October 21, 2017
    What do you call a Das Lied von der Erde with inaudible soloists? Das Lied ohne Erde. Sorry, could never resist a bad joke. I am also trying to cheer myself up after a Das Lied von der Erde with Michael Schade and Susan Platts, neither of whom had a voice big and flexible enough […]
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  • Satie on marimba, an androgynous dancer & sophisticated pop October 21, 2017
    One week late (due to technical difficulties at The Wholenote blog, where this appears originally), here are my thoughts about Against the Grain’s pairing up with Kyrie Kristmanson. ‘Twas good. Who knew that an album launch could become a unique theatrical experience? Yes, all right, the stars of pop music with mega-budgets and production companies […]
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  • The Elixir of Zzzzz October 13, 2017
    This just wasn’t very good, and not what we’ve grown accustomed to from the COC.
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  • Arabella reviewed October 7, 2017
    [I liked it but didn’t love it, is how I’d sum it up in one sentence. Here’s the review that was just published in the Globe online. What I’d like to add as there wasn’t much space to analyze smaller roles: Michael Brandenburg’s Matteo needs to have more appeal. A better mustache, a less whiney […]
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  • A fine Austrian-Balkan romance September 30, 2017
    Hello, and good weekend, my dear blog readers. Head over the Globe to read my article on Tim Albery’s COC-Santa Fe-Minnesota produced Arabella which will open at the COC next week. I look at the politics and geography of Hofmannsthal’s libretto — it concerns me not only as a lover of Strauss-Hofmannsthal collabs but personally […]
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