Monthly Archives: February 2013

10 Questions for Carla Huhtanen

Soprano Carla Huhtanen is in demand internationally for her soaring, translucent voice, her winning stage presence, and her diverse repertoire, gracing stages throughout Europe and across North America, a strong interpreter of traditional repertoire, unafraid of new composition. A regular … Continue reading

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Metropolitan Opera 2013-2014

Depending on your taste, there are good and bad things in Peter Gelb’s announcement of the 2013-2014 season at the Metropolitan Opera. I am most excited by an item that seems to currently be under the radar.  Dmitri Tcherniakov will … Continue reading

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10 Questions for Isabel Bayrakdarian

When I pictured writing a biographical essay about Isabel Bayrakdarian, the phrase that popped into my head –no lie—is exactly the one you find on her official bio on her website.  She really did “burst onto the international opera scene”.  … Continue reading

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Pageants of Power

Whenever a new pair of presenters come out onto the stage at the Academy Awards, the pit band begins to play something suitable. Nobody does that when I walk into a room. I was thinking about this after reading some … Continue reading

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Akhnaten in Indiana

It’s late at night.  It’s intermission, as I watch Philip Glass’s opera Akhnaten from Jacobs School of Music, at Indiana University, Bloomington, conducted by Arthur Fagen, directed by Candace Evans, and live-streamed on my laptop.  This student production is very … Continue reading

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Canadian Pride

It’s the day before the Academy Awards, which means Canadians can indulge in our favourite sport.  No I don’t mean hockey, which is more of an obsession than something you could dismiss as mere fun.  It’s too much of a … Continue reading

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Mozart’s last year

As usual, concerts by Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra & Baroque Chorus are exercises in creative programming.   Their latest (premiered last night, running until the weekend, and announced as completely sold out) isn’t simply a presentation of the Mozart Requiem, but a … Continue reading

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For the Lisztomaniac

McLuhan’s dictum “the medium is the message” has some curious ramifications in the fourth dimension (the dimension of time). An archive gathered across any significant period will function not just as a record for the subject(s) portrayed in the images, … Continue reading

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10 Questions for Jacqueline Woodley

Soprano Jacqueline Woodley is as comfortable undertaking original music as she is taking on well-known classics. Modern? Woodley created the role of Milica the bride in Ana Sokolovic’s Svadba with Queen of Puddings.   This past year she sang Arvo Pärt’s … Continue reading

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Ophelia revived

I’m a father with grown children.  I encountered Mary Pipher’s book Reviving Ophelia in the 1990s.  The title might give you an idea of what sort of book it is, and why I would have read it. Ophelia?  Collateral damage … Continue reading

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