Monthly Archives: January 2014

Ten Questions for Sir Thomas Allen

The talent pool at the Canadian Opera Company is deeper than ever, yet even so, few singers have the credentials of Sir Thomas Allen, one of the great singers of his generation. Currently starring as Don Alfonso in the COC’s … Continue reading

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It’s the shortest film title I’ve seen in awhile. Her It’s eerie just how much this film reminds me of the present and where we seem to be going.  Today, for instance, I was listening to Norah Young on Spark, … Continue reading

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Olsen writes about Syberberg’s Parsifal

In October 2007 I wrote the following review for the Wagner News (the newsletter of the Toronto Wagner Society), concerning Solveig Olsen’s massive book analyzing Syberberg‘s film of Parsifal.  I’m pulling it out again because I’m thinking of Syberberg’s film … Continue reading

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Verdi’s Many Masks

The Canadian Opera Company open a production of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Un ballo in maschera next week.  It’s placed in a modern setting, one that might have you wondering whether Verdi’s instructions are being flouted by a directorial intervention.  But … Continue reading

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Adapting Martin Chuzzlewit

Just had the first run of Martin Chuzzlewit which I am directing at Ryerson. It is by Charles Dickens in a great adaptation by Michael Hollingsworth. The text has sixty seven scenes and forty characters. Dickens thought the novel his … Continue reading

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Encounters –U of T composers

“Press releases and announcements” are presented verbatim without comment.  U of T Opera and Faculty of Music student composers present ENCOUNTERS One performance only Thursday, January 30 at 5 pm, MacMillan Theatre Edward Johnson Building, 80 Queen’s Park Free admission … Continue reading

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Cosi women

When you walk into the Four Seasons Centre for the new Canadian Opera Company production of Cosi fan tutte the first thing you see is a huge reproduction of Frida Kahlo’s painting Two Fridas. I imagined what Frida might have … Continue reading

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Back to school: open-hearted, open-minded

I’m inspired by last night’s announcement of Canadian Opera Company’s 2014-2015 season.  Anyone bumping into me today will see that my appetite is indeed so whetted that they might prefer to run in the opposite direction.  I can’t help myself. … Continue reading

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Six for COC in 2014-15

The Canadian Opera Company announced their 2014-15 season at a festive event tonight.  Yes the COC are stepping back from their recent pattern of seven-opera seasons, to offer six instead.  But this is also the year when the New York … Continue reading

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Tcherniakov’s Don Giovanni

Dimitri Tcherniakov has been seen a fair bit on TFO lately.  After recent productions of Il trovatore and Ruslan und Ludmilla, tonight’s broadcast had special importance, a co-production with several companies including the Canadian Opera Company.  COC General Director Alexander … Continue reading

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