Monthly Archives: April 2014

Looking at Lully

There are two departure points for this little excursion. 1) Opera Atelier’s Toronto revival of Persee opening next week 2) Joseph Kerman’s departure from the realm of the living, earlier this year. In Opera as Drama Kerman looks at a … Continue reading

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Fawn Opera: l’Homme et le Ciel

I witnessed a clinic on how to create buzz. Let’s review. Social media spread the word about L’Homme et le Ciel, an opera in progress from Fawn Opera.  This past week, the performers did a workshop, and then opened it … Continue reading

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Kidd Pivot-The Tempest Replica@CanStage

“Press releases and announcements” are presented verbatim without comment Canadian Stage presents the Toronto premiere of The Tempest Replica created by award-winning Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite A Kidd Pivot production on stage at the Bluma Appel Theatre May 7 to … Continue reading

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AJ Gray this is your life

I came to the restaurant for AJ Gray’s art displayed on the second floor. I’d known this place in its earlier incarnations, and now it has become “Harvest Kitchen”, on Harbord Street in that competitive stretch west of Spadina Ave … Continue reading

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Giasone: Back to the Future

What a weekend.  While I only managed to get to three things in three days (Tap:Ex Friday, Hercules Saturday, and Giasone today) I feel I’ve been to a symposium studying the possibilities for opera.  It’s a happy accident that the … Continue reading

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Sellars’s Hercules

If I had a dime for every time I’ve seen an opera modernized via the use of modern military garb I could buy an opera subscription.  But someone was bound to make it work, right? I saw the Canadian Opera … Continue reading

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Tapestry’s Revolutionary Questions

I apologized to Michael Mori –Tapestry Opera’s Artistic Director & the director of Tap:Ex Revolutions, the program that opened tonight at the Ernest Balmer Studio—after the show for what I knew was going to say.  Not critical words, but rather, … Continue reading

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Bacon and Moore: Terror and Beauty

The show is called “Francis Bacon and Henry Moore” with the subtitle “Terror and Beauty”, opening at the AGO on April 5th and running until July 20th. Moore? As a Torontonian I have a relationship with Henry Moore, the sculptor … Continue reading

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A better Mary Poppins

Before I had ever seen an opera, I already had experience with adaptation. I had read Mary Poppins. And then I encountered the Disney film. Julie Andrews didn’t really seem anything like the character in the book. I was young, … Continue reading

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