In a new series we’re running over here at Opera Canada, we’re asking our favourite Canadian opera artists: what else are you into? In our call for artist-driven recommendations, Canadian stage director Tom Diamond offers up his picks for film, television, books, & more:
“I recently saw and was greatly moved by Nomadland, with the singular caveat that I felt that the lead character (played by the extraordinary Frances McDormand) did not encounter any real malevolence on her journey. I found that somehow unrealistic, but a minor complaint in a very beautiful and provocative film. Also, I loved In and Of Itself, Derek DelGaudio’s brilliant play filmed by Frank Oz and produced by (among others) Stephen Colbert. Be prepared to be amazed!”
“Mr. Robot, Sam Esmail’s mind-boggling epic series starring Rami Malek became my #2 all-time fave series after The Wire.”
“During the pandemic I found myself interested in autobiographies of great actors. Highly recommended is Frank Langella’s Dropped Names, especially beguiling as narrated by him in the audiobook version.”
“I love podcasts and one I NEVER miss is the weekly Book Review Podcast from the New York Times.”
“During the pandemic I have gone back to music that I loved in my youth including anything by Burt Bacharach, Joni Mitchell (Blue just turned 50 and I still have my original vinyl copy), the amazing Laura Nyro, Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life, and musicals – A Chorus Line and Sunday in the Park with George (which I think is Sondheim’s masterpiece).”
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