Monthly Archives: January 2015

Opera Atelier’s 30th Anniversary Season

2015-2016 Toronto season includes internationally lauded Armide and Lucio Silla FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Toronto, ON (January 27, 2015) – Opera Atelier’s 30th Anniversary Season will celebrate the company’s status as the busiest touring opera company in North America. A new … Continue reading

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Old review of Egoyan’s Die Walküre

I posted this –a review of the current production in a different theatre from a decade ago– on a different website.  I am re-posting it because i won’t be able to see the opening of the new production at the … Continue reading

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Tafelmusik’s Beethoven: the romance continues

Let’s begin by saying I’m not your typical Tafelmusik fan.  Yes I love their work with Opera Atelier under David Fallis & at Messiah time with Ivars Taurins (aka Herr Handel), but I am often frustrated by them.  Tafelmusik could … Continue reading

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Some resist seduction by Tcherniakov’s Don Giovanni

Today’s opening of the Canadian Opera co-production of Don Giovanni directed by Dmitri Tcherniakov met with a mixed reception at the Four Seasons Centre. I heard a few boos, saw some empty seats at the end and heard an earful … Continue reading

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Opera 5: Modern (Family) Opera

I was invited to think and feel at tonight’s first performance of the Opera 5 program “Modern (Family) Opera”. I laughed a lot, I felt a lot, and my mind’s awhirl. The family theme is approached from two very different … Continue reading

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Songs of Love and War

The title of today’s noon-hour concert at the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre –“Songs  of Love and War”—is  a curious umbrella sheltering a diverse group of songs & composers.  I can only speculate on the rationale for the programme, created for members … Continue reading

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10 Questions for Kyle Ketelsen

Kyle Ketelsen is a special talent, a wonderful voice with extraordinary dramatic presence. I’ve seen him twice. The first time he was in the Canadian Opera Company’s La Cenerentola, when I said that he “brought a majestic sound to the … Continue reading

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