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  • Questions for Dean Burry: Shanawdithit April 20, 2019
    I hope you’ll forgive me if I pause to take a breath before I attempt to tell you who Dean Burry is, a man who wears so many hats one doesn’t always know how to address him. Professor? Composer? Librettist? … Continue reading →
  • Tick talk April 19, 2019
    From time to time I venture away from the path of opera, symphony & theatre. Tuesday night as Erika & I were getting ready for bed, having brushed & flossed and made ourselves ready for slumber, any thoughts of sleep … Continue reading →
  • Resurrection Symphony: that’s how to do it April 19, 2019
    Tonight was the second of three performances of Mahler’s 2nd Symphony by the Toronto Symphony at Roy Thomson Hall. It’s known as the Resurrection symphony. I’d recommend it to three different groups of people: If you’re religious and conscious of … Continue reading →
  • Two schools April 18, 2019
    My review of the Canadian Opera Company La Boheme that I saw last night alluded to two different approaches. I hope you’ll bear with me. I know many people who would roll their eyes. Why bother at all with Boheme, this … Continue reading →
  • Old-fashioned Boheme April 18, 2019
    Tonight was the opening performance of the Canadian Opera Company’s revival of John Caird’s production of La Boheme directed by Katherine M. Carter. As with their earlier return to Atom Egoyan’s Cosi fan tutte a few months ago, the concept … Continue reading →

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  • Service interruption April 16, 2019
    I’m afraid that Operaramblings is going to be pretty much “off air” for the remainder of April.  To cut a long story short, I have a retinal tear and will have emergency surgery tomorrow.  My mobility and screen time will … Continue reading →
  • Monica and Judy April 15, 2019
    Yesterday’s Mazzoleni Songmasters recital featured the relatively unusual combination of soprano Monica Whicher accompanied by Judy Loman on harp.  It was a very well constructed and executed afternoon of song.  Each set had something to offer.Th first set was of … Continue reading →
  • More Lessons in Love and Violence (and frustration!) April 12, 2019
    I requested a review copy of the Blu-ray release of George Benjamin’s Lessons in Love and Violence when it came out in December.  There was a bit of a hiatus in supplies from them which resumed again recently but when … Continue reading →
  • Les Adieux: A Poetic Diary April 11, 2019
    This was baritone Sam Chan and pianist Stéphane Mayer’s farewell to the Ensemble Studio.  It was an all Schubert program; Poetisches Tagebuch (Schulze), the Impromptu in G flat and the Goethe Lieder.  It was a very classy performance by any … Continue reading →
  • Lessons in Love and Violence April 11, 2019
    George Benjamin’s latest opera Lessons in Love and Violence debuted at Covent Garden last year.  It was broadcast on the BBC and is still available on the web from Arte and has also been released on DVD and Blu-ray.  This … Continue reading →

RSS Definitely the Opera

  • The Nights is young April 5, 2019
    Never heard a young voice doing so well in Les Nuits d‘été. Impressive. Simona Genga is the member of the COC’s young artist program, so we’ll hear more from her in the year ahead.
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  • April in Art Song: Judy Loman (82), the harp godess April 5, 2019
    When she joined the TSO, Loman was by no means the only woman, she tells me; while some of the internationally prominent orchestras to this day struggle with the issue of too few women in the ranks, she wasn’t an oddity in the TSO of the 1960s. Though she did help set a positive precedent […]
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  • ALERT: A mezzo Cesare coming up February 25, 2019
    Britain’s Opera North recently announced the 19/20 season and whaddaya know: a mezzo Cesare is in the offing, that precious and almost extinct species. This fall, the northern four-city opera is reviving Tim Albery’s 2012 Cesare, which also starred a mezzo in the title role, Pamela Helen Stephen (below). This year, the role goes to […]
    Definitely the Opera
  • Leipzig and Damascus Meet Again February 23, 2019
    Tales of Two Cities: The Leipzig-Damascus Coffee House, one of Alison Mackay’s most popular and talked about programs for Tafelmusik, is about to travel to the US and I wonder what Americans will take from it. ISIL came out of the wreckage of Iraq after the US-led war on Iraq, and proceeded to, among other […]
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  • That’s women for you February 15, 2019
    Fabulous young singers. A pointlessly beautiful production that doesn’t salvage this Da Ponte bizarrerie. The revival of the Atom Egoyan Cosí comes as a bundle of conflicted feelz. Read here.
    Definitely the Opera
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