Monthly Archives: May 2013

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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Full Circle: JT and The 20/20 Experience

I seem to have come full circle with Justin Timberlake.  An opera-loving friend of mine moaned that Justin Timberlake is among the “Time 100“, a list purporting to identify the 100 most influential people in the world.  I don’t think … Continue reading

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Toronto Opera Collaborative Le Cid

Tonight Toronto Opera Collaborative presented Massenet’s Le Cid, an opera that is outside the boundaries of what’s usually understood as the “standard repertoire” of operas one usually encounters in an opera house.  There’s a single piece that some might recognize, … Continue reading

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Besame Opera

There’s lots of kissing in “Bésame Ópera”, the Spanish double bill from Opera 5 currently playing at Gallery 345.   Sometimes it’s even human beings doing it. I feel lucky that, by a curious coincidence, the new work in Monday’s … Continue reading

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