Monthly Archives: January 2014

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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City-building

I suppose the headline suggests something big, when all I really want to talk about is dinner in a small town. I was in Barrie today for a play at the Mady Centre, a charming new theatre right in the … Continue reading

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The Last of Romeo & Juliet

It works. I just attended the Saturday matinee of The Last of Romeo and Juliet by Talk is Free Theatre at Barrie’s Mady Centre for the Performing Arts. The salient question on this occasion is the one that often comes … Continue reading

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10 Questions for Leslie Ann Bradley

Canadian “Soprano Leslie Ann Bradley brings the stage to life whenever she sets foot into the spotlight” (Toronto Star).  Praised as a “vocal and dramatic powerhouse”, her 2013/14 season is filled with debuts and return engagements.  Her winter/spring is infused … Continue reading

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Shared Dreams of Freedom

“Press releases and announcements” are presented verbatim without comment. Shared Dreams of Freedom The Romanian General Consulate & One Room Theatre invite you to a literary evening and a reception, which will bring together Romanian-Canadian and African-Canadian poets, celebrating Romania’s … Continue reading

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