Monthly Archives: January 2013

Creative ecology

As I examined the choices for music in a play, I thought of a great scene in a film.  Now I am not talking about the music in that film, oh no.  I am talking about that classic scene in … Continue reading

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Peter Sellars in conversation with Richard Ouzounian

Monday, Jan. 28, 2013 – Star Talks: Peter Sellars at the Appel Salon Location: Bram & Bluma Appel Salon in the Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON, M4W 2G8 Time: 7:00 -8:15 p.m. FREE tickets can be booked … Continue reading

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From Troyens to Tristan

December seemed to be a month obsessively occupied by Hector Berlioz, particularly Les Troyens in versions onstage at the Met, the High Definition transmission, DVDs, plus the score at home.  It’s January, and Berlioz is still echoing through the corridors … Continue reading

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AS: seeing red with Dr. Alan Ebringer

Discovery is a funny business.  Sometimes explorers set out for the new land, braving dangers & going where no one has gone before.  And sometimes the process is much more serendipitous than that. And it can be funny. I am … Continue reading

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Alla Ossipova: Memorial Benefit Concert

I received the following email that I reproduce verbatim: Dear Opera by Request Supporter, It is with great sorrow that all of us associated with Opera by Request received the news on Christmas Day of the untimely passing of Alla … Continue reading

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Remembering Frida and Diego

Better late than never, right? In October I had the pleasure of walking through the Art Gallery of Ontario exhibit Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting, displaying artwork and images associated with the lives of Diego Rivera & Frida … Continue reading

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Benefit concert: You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown for Actors’ Fund of Canada

“Press releases and announcements” are presented verbatim without comment. Theatre critics and personalities unite in the concert version of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown in support of the Actors’ Fund of Canada. Barrie, ON – After a triumphant fundraising … Continue reading

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COC’S Ensemble Studio: La Clemenza di Tito

“Press releases and announcements” are presented verbatim without comment. RISING OPERA STARS OF COC’S ENSEMBLE STUDIO STEP INTO SPOTLIGHT IN SPECIAL PERFORMANCE OF LA CLEMENZA DI TITO Toronto – The young artists of the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio take … Continue reading

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Not so Incidental Music

November 21st I posted a kind of preliminary review of Lydia Perović’s first novel Incidental Music: preliminary because at that time, I hadn’t finished reading it yet. Now that i’ve finished reading the book i have more to say. A … Continue reading

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High-def Troyens

Seeing Les Troyens at the Met Monday night, Elizabeth Bishop replaced Susan Graham as Dido, which led me to wonder who’d be singing the role in today’s high-definition broadcast. Silly me.  While it’s possible Graham was unwell Monday, her performance … Continue reading

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