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  • Making a FUSS June 15, 2019
    Last night there was a big fuss downtown about a big sporting event. Traffic may have been slow but there was jubilation in the air. And although the game and championship were milestones for Toronto, yet that’s not the FUSS … Continue reading →
  • Isaiah Bell: The Book of My Shames June 9, 2019
    Should I have said “The book of HIS shames”? Isaiah Bell’s one-man show is about his shames, right? But no. He is everyman, every-person, and so these are your shames & my shames too. I couldn’t imagine a more apt … Continue reading →
  • Pomegranate June 8, 2019
    Less is more. Pomegranate, bearing the epithet “a lesbian chamber opera,” is the latest specimen suggesting that grand opera is all but dead. Small is beautiful whatever your sexual politics, both for the lower price-tag and the ideal connection you … Continue reading →
  • Mikolaj Warszynski—Piano Solo June 5, 2019
    As I’ve been listening to a 2015 solo piano studio recording by Mikolaj Warszynski, I’ve found myself wondering about the process, about how music is made and how it comes to be heard. If a pianist plays brilliantly and no … Continue reading →
  • LET’S MAKE A FUSS: A concert to benefit ALS research May 24, 2019
    SAVE THE DATE! June 13, 2019, 7:30 PM St. Andrew’s Church 73 Simcoe St., Toronto LET’S MAKE A FUSS! A concert to benefit ALS research at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Sunnybrook is pioneering the use of focused ultrasound to treat … Continue reading →

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  • Another Giasone June 14, 2019
    Cavalli’s Il Giasone is a bit of a rarity but perhaps, like the rest of his opus, it’s getting more attention than it used to.  The latest video recording of it was made at the Grand Theâte Genève in 2017. … Continue reading →
  • Giulietta e Romeo June 10, 2019
    Nicola Vaccaj was a contemporary of Rossini and composer of numerous operas of which only his 1825 work Giulietta e Romeo survives.  It was produced and recorded at the Festivale della Valle d’Itria in 2018 on the outdoor stage of … Continue reading →
  • Tosca noir June 9, 2019
    The 2018 Salzburg Easter Festival production of Puccini’s Tosca was directed by Michael Sturminger.  The only Sturminger works I’ve seen before are his rather odd Mozart collaborations with John Malkovich; The Giacomo Variations and The Infernal Comedy so I really … Continue reading →
  • The Book of My Shames June 8, 2019
    This is what would happen if the opera singing love child of Noel Coward and Sylvia Plath was encouraged by his therapist to perform on “Grownups Read Things They Wrote as Kids”. – Isaiah Bell Isaiah Bell’s The Book of … Continue reading →
  • Pomegranate premiere June 7, 2019
    Last night Pomegranate; music by Kye Marshall, words by Amanda Hale, opened at Buddies in Bad Times.  Inspired by the Villa of Mysteries in Pompeii, it tells the story of two lesbian lovers.  Cass has broken up with Suzy in … Continue reading →

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  • Pomegranate reviewed June 11, 2019
    First, the good news. Pomegranate, subtitled A lesbian chamber opera, composed by Kye Marshall, written by Amanda Hale, directed by Michael Mori and conducted by Jennifer Tung, which just closed its world premiere run at Buddies in Bad Theatre – works as a piece of art. It is alive and ticking – and that is […]
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  • Toronto Summer Music Festival 2019 June 11, 2019
    There are a few things of interest at the TSMF this summer and I think the festival is going to be more exciting than the last year’s. Rihab Chaieb is singing Das Lied von der Erde with a chamber group of musicians from the TSO in the Schoenberg-Riehn version. Gemma New conducts, Mario Bahg sings […]
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  • Coming up: Pomegranate June 5, 2019
    Amanda Hale, novelist, poet and now the librettist for Pomegranate (June 5-9, Buddies in Bad Times), is a fascinating interlocutor. Watch this space for more about her work in the near future. But first, the Summer Wholenote Art of Song – because Pomegranate started as a song cycle – HERE  For example: She still travels […]
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  • Still no news from Paris May 9, 2019
    As those who follow these things know, COC’s decade-plus General Director (and recently appointed AD of the Opera Santa Fe) Alexander Neef is one of the four candidates shortlisted for the position of the director of the Paris Opera – where he used to be the casting director during the reign of Gerard Mortier, before […]
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  • Confession time May 9, 2019
    *clears throat*
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