Monthly Archives: February 2013

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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Love’s Dark Shore

How apt that in the week of Valentine’s Day, between performances of Tristan und Isolde, a paean to love, that the Canadian Opera  Company should present a concert program titled “Love’s Dark Shore” in the Richard Bradshaw Auditorium.  We heard … Continue reading

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Berlioz, Wagner, love

January 16th I promised to explore connections between Berlioz’s Les Troyens (an opera I’d been obsessing over) to Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, currently sharing the Canadian Opera Company stage with Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito.  When music stays inside your … Continue reading

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10 Questions for Franz-Josef Selig

German bass Franz-Josef Selig is making his Canadian Opera Company debut as King Marke in Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde. Selig has performed at the world’s great opera houses including the Met, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, La Scala, Wiener Staatsoper, … Continue reading

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Ending on a High Note: Queen of Puddings

 “Press releases and announcements” are presented verbatim without comment. ENDING ON A HIGH NOTE For Immediate Release – Toronto, February 8, 2013: After twenty years of developing and producing new Canadian chamber opera, Toronto’s Queen of Puddings Music Theatre will … Continue reading

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Psychological portraits: Tito’s Rome

La Clemenza di Tito is not known the way the major operas of Mozart’s maturity are known and loved.  When I say Don Giovanni or Marriage of Figaro or Magic Flute there are tunes that instantly pop into my head … Continue reading

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Inclemenza

We’re expecting snow here in Toronto, but it’s already somewhat inclement, if we think chilly or unmerciful. I am expanding on the experience of La Clemenza di Tito Sunday in Toronto.  I was enraptured, as were the audience: until the … Continue reading

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