Monthly Archives: May 2013

Wagnerian Bicentennial

We’ve come to the first of the three important opera composer birthdays in 2013. May 22:  Richard Wagner’s bicentennial October 10:  Giuseppe Verdi’s bicentennial November 22: Benjamin Britten’s centennial You may prefer Britten’s operas. You may point to the box … Continue reading

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Brian Wyers: artist at work

It’s Victoria Day long weekend. Fireworks are exploding in my neighbourhood as I type this. It’s not fair to call it the Canadian equivalent to the 4th of July, as there’s no particular patriotism, no national myth underlying the date, … Continue reading

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Book of Dialogues

Momento #1 of that production I haven’t yet seen was the DVD.  I reviewed it a few weeks ago, fascinated to see Robert Carsen’s take on Poulenc’s opera Dialogues des Carmelites in its La Scala incarnation from 2004. I stumbled … Continue reading

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Figaro’s Wedding

“Press releases and announcements” are presented verbatim without comment. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MAY 14, 2013 Against the Grain Theatre puts new spin on Mozart classic with Figaro’s Wedding TORONTO (May 14, 2013) — Against the Grain Theatre (AtG), the daring … Continue reading

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10 Questions for Nancy Hitzig

Opera, theatre and the live arts are Nancy Hitzig’s passion, and she leads an active cultural life in pursuit of new opportunities to experience and explore the best Toronto has to offer. A dedicated and tireless arts community “connector”, Nancy … Continue reading

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Visions: not saying “no”

I’ve been listening to a CD of piano music, contemplating the word “no”.   It may seem like an odd combination, a strange segue. Why would I wonder about the word “no”? I’ve been thinking a lot about how people make … Continue reading

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A reception experiment: Lucia last night

I remember from Psych 100 that one of the ways scientists learned about the brain was from what they called natural experiments.  In the war, sometimes a man would suffer a catastrophic wound to part of his head, allowing scientists … Continue reading

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