Monthly Archives: December 2012

Press Release: Puppetmongers’ Cinderella in Muddy York

 “Press releases and announcements” are presented verbatim without comment. PUPPETMONGERS proudly presents Cinderella in Muddy York December 28, 2012 -January 5, 2013 at Theatre Passe Muraille’s Mainspace Created and performed by Ann Powell and David Powell Directed by Sue Miner … Continue reading

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Press Release: COC’s 2013 Tristan und Isolde

“Press releases and announcements” are presented verbatim without comment. For immediate release: December 12, 2012 LEGENDARY DIRECTOR PETER SELLARS AND RENOWNED VIDEO ARTIST BILL VIOLA MAKE COC DEBUTS WITH AWE-INSPIRING PRODUCTION OF WAGNER’S TRISTAN UND ISOLDE CELEBRATED CANADIAN TENOR BEN … Continue reading

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Good night, 4-D Regie

This is an extension of the conversation earlier this week.  Yes I get that the title is unintelligible, but even if I presented it fully –Good night, Four dimensional Regietheater—it’s pretty cryptic without some explanations. Let me simply start with … Continue reading

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La Scala Lohengrin 2012

Wagner’s Lohengrin opened the season at La Scala, Milan in a new production directed by Claus Guth.  That it was Wagner rather than Verdi in this season of centennials—both Guiseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner were born in 1813—is the least … Continue reading

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10 Questions for Allyson McHardy

Mezzo-soprano Allyson McHardy has a voice that invites sensuous adjectives.  Radiant?  Dusky? Sumptuous?  You be the judge. In the past year I wrote about her participation in two very different productions by the same composer, namely Händel: Hercules semi-staged by … Continue reading

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$5.99 or $4000.00?

Psycho-therapists in films can be very funny, very painful, and yes, painfully funny.   Sometimes what we’re given is patently false & artificial, but occasionally we see something with more than a grain of truth. Hollywood knows psychiatry the way it … Continue reading

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10 Questions for Daniel Taylor

Daniel Taylor is a countertenor with a unique voice, arguably Canada’s finest, with more than 100 recordings on Sony, DG Archiv, Decca, Harmonia Mundi, BIS, Analekta, Teldec, Erato and Universal. Taylor has performed with the Metropolitan Opera, Glyndebourne, Rome Opera, … Continue reading

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Press Release: Christmas concert – St. James Cathedral

“Press releases and announcements” are presented verbatim without comment. Unique Christmas concert experience at St. James Cathedral TORONTO, December 4, 2012 – St. James Cathedral in Toronto is offering an upscale interpretation of Handel’s popular Messiah and Vivaldi’s Gloria on … Continue reading

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Opera Eats

There are more talented artists graduating from the programs training them than there are possible jobs.  It’s one reason we have Fringe Festivals: because we’ve trained so many good young actors, directors & playwrights, that they can create their own … Continue reading

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Pina Bausch: Orpheus und Eurydike

I saw Pina Bausch’s Orpheus und Eurydike on TFO tonight, a dance piece based on the Gluck opera, in a respectful production of a work originally created in the mid-1970s, conducted by Thomas Hengelbrock.  This live production dates from 2008, … Continue reading

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