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  • Eight Singers Drinking: and Singing November 9, 2019
    While eight singers may have been drinking eight drinks at 8:00 pm on November 8th no one ate much of anything. (see what I did there?) At first I just thought it was a fun exercise, an excuse for a … Continue reading →
  • New & Improved Don Giovanni November 3, 2019
    I saw Opera Atelier’s revival of Don Giovanni that’s running at the Ed Mirvish Theatre.  I loved it last time & it continues to thrill me as though it weren’t an opera I’ve known since childhood. But it feels new.  … Continue reading →
  • The Ethics Project November 1, 2019
    The Ethics Project presents October 31- Nov. 12, 2019 in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal Remembering Terezín November 4, 10, and 12, 2019, in Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal. The Schulich Singers, McGill University’s premier choral ensemble, Jean-Sébastien Vallée, conductor, and guest artists … Continue reading →
  • The Bald Soprano October 31, 2019
    I’ve just seen the Théâtre Français de Toronto production of La Cantatrice Chauve aka The Bald Soprano by Eugène Ionesco, at the upstairs space at the Berkeley Street Theatre. I must apologize that the run is almost over, as I … Continue reading →
  • Opera Atelier Don Giovanni: Toronto context October 28, 2019
    Two down, one to go as far as the big operas are concerned. Robert Wilson’s Turandot and David McVicar’s Rusalka, a pair of fairy-tale operas in visually brilliant productions have finished at the Canadian Opera Company, while Opera Atelier are … Continue reading →

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  • Pique Dame in Salzburg November 9, 2019
    Tchaikovsky’s Pique Dame is a rather odd opera.  It’s not just that the main plot turns on a pretty bizarre tale of the supernatural but that it also contains a significant number of big set piece numbers that don’t advance … Continue reading →
  • Eight singers drinking November 9, 2019
    Eight drinkers singing.  Or vice versa.  I forget.  Anyway, last night’s extravaganza from Tongue in Cheek Productions and Opera5 at Gallery 345 was a blast.  The schtick was that eight people got to choose a cocktail and a related song … Continue reading →
  • Songbook XL November 6, 2019
    Tapestry and the COC collaborated for yesterday’s concert in the RBA.  The performers were members of the Ensemble Studio.  The material was a mix of numbers from the Tapestry back catalogue plus a couple of songs by COC composer in … Continue reading →
  • Singing Only Softly November 5, 2019
    Last night was the last performance at Heliconian Hall of Loose Tea Music Theatre’s double bill of Anne Frank operas.  The first half of the show centred on Grigori Frid’s monodrama for soprano and chamber ensemble (given here in piano … Continue reading →
  • Schumann and Wagner November 4, 2019
    I’ve been listening to Christoph Prégardien and Michael Gees’ new Schumann and Wagner recording for a number of reasons.  I was very impressed with Prégardien when he appeared at Toronto Summer Music in 2018.  I’m not familiar with the Schumann … Continue reading →

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  • Piaf & Dietrich November 10, 2019
    OMFG these two are a massive delight. And both are mezzos. And both are charismatic actresses in their fifties. Properly done casting. Jayne Lewis and Lousie Pitre as Marlene Dietrich and Louise Pitre as Edith Piaf in Mirvish-produced Piaf/Dietrich: A Legendary Affair at the CAA Theatre until mid-December. According to this play – Erin Shields […]
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  • Candid Susanna Mälkki November 10, 2019
    “As a young cellist, I think I’ve always had a certain anti-careerist resistance… When I see that there are things that will please the professor, I make sure I don’t do those things. And I think I’ve always been conscious of all of my ‘wrong’ choices. And I’ve become aware that the professors really like […]
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  • Turandot by Bob Wilson: A Doll’s House October 3, 2019
    There was a bright streak of joy running through Puccini’s Turandot as conceived by Bob Wilson, contrary to this opera’s reputation as a solemn, staid affair made up of a series of proclamations. Perhaps it’s because Wilson’s famous white makeup ‘masks’ reminded so much of Buster Keaton and the comedy figures of the silent film […]
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  • Interview: David McVicar September 30, 2019
    “You are my only interview,” says the director David McVicar as he joins me in the boardroom that has been reserved for us for this purpose at the COC’s Front Street HQ, and I presume he implies “so make it good.” Fifty minutes later, it looks like both of us could very much go on, […]
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  • The latest by Hemon September 17, 2019
    I realize that some of the blog subscribers may be interested in my non-opera-related writing as well. Here’s my latest essay for the Literary Review of Canada, on Aleksandar Hemon’s new book.
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