Monthly Archives: March 2015

Gleeful Purcell: hypothetical & unpretentious

Dido forgive me, but I had such a good time. Tonight’s concert at Trinity St Paul’s Centre felt like an experimental combination of elements, and when I say that I mean it in a good way.  I like ambition, I … Continue reading

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Ten Questions for Seán Dagher and Sylvain Bergeron

Sometimes the art that excites me takes a while to catch on with others.  This is among the most poignant aspects of culture.  Mainstream acceptance often seems to be reserved for that which is average, obvious, or just plain conservative, … Continue reading

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The Wedding Dress of Susanna for the Marriage of Figaro

Opera Lyra and McCaffrey Haute Couture invited the media to attend a fitting, a pre-wedding event in celebration of their new production of The Marriage of Figaro, opening March 21st at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Figaro marries Susanna.  They’re servants … Continue reading

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10 Questions for James Westman

I’ve been hearing the name of Baritone James Westman quite a lot, of late. He’s been in new operas such as Silent Night just this past November in Calgary, or Tovey’s The Inventor. He was soloist in Messiah with the New … Continue reading

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TSO – A Mind of Winter

“A Mind of Winter” is the name of a composition as well as the title for tonight’s Toronto Symphony concert in their New Creations Festival, curated by composer George Benjamin and featuring the residency of singer & conductor Barbara Hannigan. … Continue reading

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