Monthly Archives: March 2013

Two Weddings & a Funeral

2013 is not even one quarter gone yet already I’m sure we’ve seen the cleverest title to promote a pair of one-act operas (partly because they don’t exactly grow on trees).  Essential Opera’s  program is called Two Weddings and a Funeral. … Continue reading

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Inside the box: fu-Gen’s Ching Chong Chinaman

Lauren Yee’s Ching Chong Chinaman is the latest offering from Toronto’s fu-Gen Theatre, a satirical  expose of the hypocrisy at the heart of the American Dream.  While there are some differences between the US & Canada, it’s a tale that could … Continue reading

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Early Renaissance

There’s something magical about getting a glimpse of someone famous in their youth.  Seeing a great leader or film-star as a child, we recognize some of the qualities that will emerge, even as we see a version of that person … Continue reading

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Six Hundred Year Anniversaries

“Press releases and announcements” are presented verbatim without comment. Six Hundred Year Anniversaries Saturday April 6, 2013 at 8PM at Gallery 345 For Immediate Release – Toronto, March 11, 2013: 1912 and 1913 were auspicious years in the history of … Continue reading

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Stuart Hamilton: Opening Windows

I don’t believe there’s anyone who was involved in more aspects of Canadian operatic performance than Stuart Hamilton.  I say “was” because many of those are in the past now, but even so, let’s make a list. Hamilton founded Opera … Continue reading

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10 Questions for Ambur Braid

Ambur Braid may have a catchy name, but the reason you remember it is because of what she does with her opportunities. The voice gets mentioned almost in passing (a secure dramatic coloratura that allows her to undertake challenging roles … Continue reading

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Soup Can Theatre: Barber’s A Hand of Bridge, Sartre’s No Exit

“Press releases and announcements” are presented verbatim without comment. SOUP CAN THEATRE Presents Samuel Barber’s A Hand of Bridge (Libretto by Gian Carlo Menotti) & Jean Paul Sartre’s NO EXIT (Translation by Stuart Gilbert) A Special Double Bill Presentation! March … Continue reading

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Time and Tide

Talisker Players offer the latest in a series  of investigations of the meaning of life.  What is it about this time of year?  I pondered it a bit the other day, musing on February-phobia.  In this country we’re driven in … Continue reading

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Erlösung dem Erlöser

There have been many reviews published already, some in exquisite detail, so I assume that if you want to know about the new Metropolitan Opera Parsifal, the François Girard co-production with Opera Lyon (2012) & the Canadian Opera Company (TBA), … Continue reading

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Lost in the East

We always know our spatio-temporal co-ordinates with the help of satellite surveillance and assorted electronic devices.  When was the last time you were lost? Those of us with regular jobs go back and forth along the same streets.  From time … Continue reading

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