Monthly Archives: April 2015

Barber @ RBA: voice trumps schtick

Today’s noon-hour presentation at the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre was a teaser, sampling Act I of the upcoming Ensemble Studio performance of Rossini’s Barber of Seville.  These concerts are usually less than an hour including announcements, but today’s was a very … Continue reading

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Fearless Metro Youth Opera Béatrice et Bénédict

We live in a funny time. On the one hand it’s the era of director’s theatre, when operas can be a departure point for elaborate adventures so extreme that the composer’s work becomes mere background music for interpretations of the … Continue reading

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Youtube’s revolutions, big and small

It’s youtube’s tenth anniversary today.  Much will be written / spoken about the impact of this empowering channel and its imitators, the influence on political movements.  It’s played a role in uprisings & elections, actions both democratic and violent. And … Continue reading

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Ararat: Music of Armenia

That’s better! Peter Oundjian is back in the saddle leading the Toronto Symphony with his easy authority, and once again there is an intersection between political and musical spheres, but without the friction we saw last time. Those parts of … Continue reading

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Oshawa Opera 2015-16

  OSHAWA OPERA–2015-2016 SeasonCelebrating 2 Years of Opera in Oshawa Suor Angelica Septembre 27, 2015 Suor Angelica: Natalya Matyusheva Zia Principessa: Catherine CarewKristine Dandavino: music director (piano and chorus) Fidelio November 15, 2015 Leonore (Fidelio): Brigitte Bogar Florestan: Jason LamontKristine Dandavino: music director Viva Verdi!  … Continue reading

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Ten Questions for Wendy Nielsen

Wendy Nielsen is one of the most influential people in Canada’s opera community. After an international career as a soprano that has included starring appearances at the Metropolitan Opera, Nielsen went on to create a private voice studio. Nielsen is … Continue reading

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#OdysseoTO: the Golden Age of The Circus

I saw Cavalia’s show Odysseo today at their big tent on the waterfront, in the company of my Mom & a rapturous grand-child.  The world has certainly changed. I’m reminded of the Commedia dell’Arte that was featured in the Barber … Continue reading

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“Location location location”

The saying goes like this: “‘There are three things that matter in property: location, location, location.’” It’s also true in theatre. I have a subscription to the Canadian Opera Company, a pair of seats in the second row. When I … Continue reading

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A Zany COC Barber

The Canadian Opera Company premiered their new Barber of Seville tonight at the Four Season Centre, a colourful co-production with Houston Grand Opera, Opéra National de Bordeaux and Opera Australia  directed by Joan Font, with set & costumes designed by … Continue reading

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COC Ensemble Studio: Special Performance of The Barber of Seville

CANADA’S RISING OPERA STARS STEP INTO THE SPOTLIGHT FOR SPECIAL PERFORMANCE OF THE BARBER OF SEVILLE 14/15 COC Ensemble Studio Toronto – The stage is set for opera’s next generation of stars to shine, when the young artists of the … Continue reading

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