Monthly Archives: September 2014

Paride ed Elena: birthday celebrations for Gluck & Essential Opera

Ambition is a good thing, especially from an opera company.  There will always be Bohemes and Carmens galore, but I especially love having the opportunity to see something new, as I did tonight in my encounter with Gluck’s Paride ed … Continue reading

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Factory Theatre vs the critics

For the second consecutive year, Factory Theatre is in the news.  Last year it was the controversy around its leadership.   That’s ancient history now. This time it’s an announcement, that critics aren’t invited until the show has already been on … Continue reading

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Oundjian, TSO: Beethoven and Rachmaninoff

It’s been roughly a decade now that Peter Oundjian has been the Music Director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, a time of renewal if not rebirth for the ensemble & its audience.  If tonight’s concert is any indication they’re headed … Continue reading

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They’re back: Ensemble Studio and COC concerts

The free noon-hour concerts at the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre are back, and unfortunately, so’s the flu, as three of the young singers scheduled to sing today had to cancel. It ended up being six rather than nine arias, accompanied by … Continue reading

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10 Questions for Kelly Kaduce

I had the good luck to see Rusalka in Montreal in November 2011, starring Kelly Kaduce. In my review I said First and foremost, the production leans happily on soprano Kelly Kaduce, whose voice is always pleasant & in tune, … Continue reading

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Waverley’s Aura and the Romance of Scotland

It’s the morning after.  The world is waking up from something. Was it a nightmare or a fantasy?  Scotland will not separate from the United Kingdom after all. This morning –knocked a bit senseless by a cold, sniff sniff cough … Continue reading

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Ten questions for Eric Woolfe

While I sometimes aim to write the bio that goes into an interview, sometimes I can’t top the brilliance of what I’m given to work with. For instance, the origins of Eldritch Theatre are explained this way on their website: … Continue reading

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