Monthly Archives: August 2015

Scary music in Theatres of Terror

Halloween is still several weeks away but already terror is more than a gleam in the eye of some. Opera By Request are presenting Carl Maria von Weber’s gothic masterpiece Der Freischutz on Friday Sept 18th.  There will be no … Continue reading

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Introducing you to opera

How should one be introduced to opera?  It’s a question I’ve thought about, one I have seen tossed around lately. American opera educator & broadcaster Fred Plotkin was asked the question “how does one become an opera buff?” Here are … Continue reading

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Karita Mattila at Koerner Hall: personalities on parade

There was more drama in this recital than any recital I can ever recall.  Karita Mattila assumed several roles, in several distinct voices in her concert tonight at Koerner Hall in Toronto as part of the Toronto Summer Music Festival. … Continue reading

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SOLT’s Der Vampyr

It might seem dangerous to see Marschner’s opera Der Vampyr (The Vampire) on a full moon, but we lived to tell the tale. Der Vampyr was staged by Summer Opera Lyric Theatre and Research Centre (aka “SOLT”).  While SOLT offers … Continue reading

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