Monthly Archives: July 2012

Carsen’s Tosca

Toronto is belatedly getting to know one of its own.  Opera Director Robert Carsen, who’s made a name for himself worldwide has only recently directed productions in Toronto. And how romantic is it that—as if to make up for lost … Continue reading

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News of War

Some dates are more important than others in the timeline of a war.  In the War of 1812,  July 30th, 1812 is a relatively trivial date: 200 years ago today. The war had been declared on June 18th. The first … Continue reading

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Genius Within

After spending so much of the past few weeks thinking about virtuosity –both in my academic research and in the music I have been listening to—I was more than ready to see a documentary studying the quintessential Canadian musician, Glenn … Continue reading

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Faster, Higher, Stronger

Is it a competition?  To some extent. Both Richard Wagner & Claude Debussy used the metaphor of the circus acrobat to describe the virtuoso dynamic with an appreciative audience.  Whether we’re speaking of singers or instrumentalists, there is an implicit … Continue reading

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Homesick tenor

Early in the act, we have a plaintive moment.  A sailor sings a tune, clearly longing for home and the company he misses there.  The quietness of the big orchestra now playing so gently after its earlier savagery seems to … Continue reading

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Clouds of laughter

Comedians love Conservative politicians like Harper & Ford.  They’re perfect for the purveyors of satire & political comedy.  And after the kind of week we’ve had in Scarborough I hope we can be forgiven for seeking out a good laugh, … Continue reading

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Persée

On the weekend I sampled some French culture, visiting the francophone town of Lafontaine Ontario for their Festival du Loup¸ followed by a visit to the nearby town of Midland and the Shrine to 17th Century Jesuit Martyrs. Today I … Continue reading

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