Monthly Archives: October 2014

Addio Butterfly

I saw the “A” cast of the Canadian Opera Company’s Madama Butterfly tonight. There are two singers undertaking Mrs Butterfly (or she might tell you “Mrs Pinkerton” if you were to ask her) in the cast, a pair of BF … Continue reading

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COC: back to BAM in March 2015

COC MAKES RETURN VISIT THIS SPRING TO PRESTIGIOUS BROOKLYN ACADEMY OF MUSIC WITH SEMELE Toronto – The Canadian Opera Company is proud to be invited to present the U.S. premiere of Zhang Huan’s theatrically transcendent production of Handel’s Semele at … Continue reading

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Talisker Players: Songs of Travel

My own song of travel is not a purposeful one, but a bit of a spontaneous adventure. I hope I can be forgiven for meandering around this theme of wanderings. As of 6:00 p.m. I thought I was going to … Continue reading

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10 Questions for Rachel Andrist

Canadian pianist Rachel Andrist studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Ann Epperson and Warren Jones. In 1997, she moved to Europe and joined the music staff of the Theatre Royale de la Monnaie in Brussels, Belgium. Since then … Continue reading

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Stewart Goodyear: Diabelli Variations

While Stewart Goodyear might be the greatest pianist in the world today, as a Canadian he lives under the radar as Canadians so often do. Not only does each country have their favourite son or daughter, but Canadians are a … Continue reading

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Happy Halloween, Frankenstein’s Boy!

The song during the pre-show was a tip-off I suppose. While the title says the show is about a boy, this song says otherwise. And there it is, right on the poster. Eldritch Theatre’s newest is Frankenstein’s Boy, a classic … Continue reading

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Opera Atelier Alcina

I’ve seen the new Opera Atelier Alcina. It’s been a month of opera-going in Toronto that already stands head and shoulders above any previous month. While occasional productions can be great, we can add this remarkable production of Handel’s opera … Continue reading

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Continuum Souvenir

Continuum Contemporary Music are celebrating 30 years this season. I’m an admirer of ambitious projects, and they don’t get much bigger than this.  Jennifer Waring’s note in the program explains Souvenir, Continuum Contemporary Music’s collaboration with film-maker Gary Popovich presented … Continue reading

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Esprit’s brassy Polaris

Tonight was the opening concert in Esprit’s Orchestra’s 32nd season. Esprit & their Music Director Alex Pauk are champions of new Canadian music, presented alongside excellent compositions from around the world. Tonight’s program is a perfect illustration. The first half … Continue reading

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Circle Jerk press release

Soup Can Theatre Press Release Media Contact: Sarah Thorpe – Soup Can Theatre, safeword, and Aim for the Tangent Theatre proudly presentCIRCLE JERK Sex. Death. Bananas. Concept by Justin Haigh.  Written by Justin Haigh, Scott Dermody, Brandon Crone, and … Continue reading

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