Monthly Archives: February 2011

COC Nixon

Tonight I watched the Canadian Opera Company production of John Adams’ Nixon in China.  I saw the Met High Definition broadcast recently after acquiring the Naxos CD of the opera containing virtually the same cast as the one I saw … Continue reading

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Spiritual rather than religious

Conversations online can be as real as the ones we have with the people around us.  A brief little remark I made to a Facebook post from my friend Romy Shiller concerning Roland Joffé’s The Mission has spurred additional conversation.  … Continue reading

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Opera, made in Canada

What’s so Canadian about the “Canadian Opera Company”? It probably never occurs to the average person to question.  The operas are usually written by long-dead Italians, Germans, the occasional Frenchman, and sometimes we get one in English.  Nobody objects to … Continue reading

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Nixon on the Beach

  “Nixon on the Beach”? I saw the High Definition Metropolitan Opera broadcast of John Adams’ Nixon in China at the Beach Cinemas, my favourite Toronto theatre.  The Beach Cinemas actually have voicemail, and call you back with the most … Continue reading

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If it’s Thursday it must be Zauberflöte

Last week I was watching the Canadian Opera Company Magic Flute on a Thursday, again tonight and even next week. I’m not complaining.  If this is a rut, I like it! But whereas last week I saw the so-called “A” … Continue reading

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Opera Atelier & Glimmerglass to collaborate

Opera Atelier‘s announcement of their 2011-2012 season included some interesting news: two operas to be produced in Toronto a new partnership with The Glimmerglass Festival Who are these people and why would they want to work together? Opera Atelier: call … Continue reading

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Linda and the jokes we don’t get

I am going to talk about one of Linda Hutcheon’s ideas. Ever notice that some jokes make you laugh, and some don’t?  Of course you do.  You probably would say it’s because some jokes are good and some are bad.  … Continue reading

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