Monthly Archives: February 2013

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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Appropriate (the verb)

During the production of Feydeau’s  The Girl From Maxim’s at Ryerson Theatre School—just concluded last night—I had lots of opportunities to sit and read, between cues.  I read most of a book recently arrived in the EJB library namely Shay … Continue reading

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Adieu Feydeau

It’s been a fun couple of weeks chez les étudiants de Ryerson, playing La Dame de Chez Maxim.  Due to snow Friday night we’ve played six consecutive nights. I feel I am cheating to say “we” because I am mostly … Continue reading

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Against the Grain: March 1 & 2, 2013

“Press releases and announcements” are presented verbatim without comment. Against the Grain Theatre throws down the gauntlet with program of rarely performed song cycles TORONTO—Against the Grain Theatre (AtG), the young company that has received critical acclaim for bringing unconventionally … Continue reading

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Northern Lights, Eastern Fire: world premiere opera

“Press releases and announcements” are presented verbatim without comment. The Canadian Sinfonietta has commissioned a new chamber opera, Northern Lights, Eastern Fire, by Canadian composer Erik Ross, and Chinese-Canadian librettist Phoebe Tsang, which will be directed by D. Jeremy Smith. … Continue reading

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