Monthly Archives: March 2013

Philip Glass’s The Perfect American

Philip Glass’s new opera The Perfect American is still available for viewing, free on  The world premiere production was presented by Teatro Real in Madrid. As always I am willing to go the extra mile as a viewer and advocate … Continue reading

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10 Questions for Guillermo Silva-Marin

The most influential man on the Toronto opera scene?  That would be Guillermo Silva-Marin.  His biographer and collaborator Henry Ingram put it this way: Singer, teacher, director, producer, impresario, musician…each of these words describes Guillermo Silva-Marin and sometimes he is … Continue reading

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Matched set

It’s the most curious symmetry. Soup Can Theatre have paired Samuel Barber’s brief opera A Hand Of Bridge with Jean Paul Sartre’s play No Exit.  The opera is ten minutes, while the play is roughly one hundred minutes. Symmetry? But … Continue reading

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Whose skin?

I just watched Written on Skin via youtube.  I won’t include the url, as this likely will only lead to its being taken down due to the traffic.  Anyone serious about seeing it, can go to youtube and search for … Continue reading

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Esprit’s McPhee

I picked up Esprit Orchestra’s CBC recording of Colin McPhee in the lobby at one of their concerts earlier this year.  I’d reviewed their live performance in October of Tabuh-tabuhan (1936) a reading of such playful energy that there was no mistaking … Continue reading

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Wallis Giunta Sins

When is a recital not a recital?  Perhaps when its materials and its assembly begin to outgrow that narrow definition, to resemble something bigger and more exciting; so it would seem on the basis of Wallis Giunta’s program Sunday March … Continue reading

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Serendipitous Poulenc

The mind sometimes makes patterns out of the chaos of the programming around us.  Lately it’s been Francis Poulenc: March 1st Isabel Bayrakdarian programmed the boisterous Le bal masqué, a work I’d studied a very long time ago  …look at Poulenc’s … Continue reading

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