Monthly Archives: October 2015

Painting set free by JMW Turner

When I was a teenager I discovered the great English painter Joseph Mallord William Turner (23 April 1775 – 19 December 1851) at around the same time that my infatuation began with the other romantic artists in other media. In poetry … Continue reading

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10 questions for Sarah Thorpe: Heretic

Toronto native Sarah Thorpe studied Theatre at York University, receiving her Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honours in 2007, and also the theatre department’s Mira Friedlander Award for achievements in theatre writing, criticism, world and Canadian theatre studies. Sarah’s affiliation … Continue reading

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Explosive Trouble with Mr. Adams

What is the trouble with Mr. Adams? Nothing we haven’t seen before. As it’s summarized on the Tarragon Theatre website “The Trouble With Mr Adams is a “brand new play from Tarragon Playwright-in-Residence Gord Rand’ [that] exposes the male mid-life … Continue reading

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Embedded in David Warrack’s oratorio Abraham

Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built againt it  — Rumi I am home after standing & singing alongside the Elmer Iseler Singers. It’s … Continue reading

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Mahler’s Symphony No. 2: benefit for St. Michael’s Hospital

Benefit concert for St. Michael’s Hospital presents Mahler’s monumental Symphony No. 2  TORONTO — An epic Mahler masterpiece takes centre stage on Nov. 16, 2015, in a special concert at Metropolitan United Church to benefit St. Michael’s Hospital (SMH). This annual fundraiser … Continue reading

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NDP delusions: a leader stays on, and what we need instead

Justin Trudeau is a very lucky man. Oh I’m not saying he doesn’t deserve his win. I am ecstatic about the election last Monday, and as mentioned previously, had a Liberal sign on my lawn. But our democracy needs a … Continue reading

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Ideal Pyramus and Thisbe

There are several ways to approach opera composition & opera production. I would like to propose that there might be a polarity we could imagine between extremes, given that at least one of those options is entirely in the mind. … Continue reading

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Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Mahler 10

I will put aside the question of the new Orchestre Métropolitain recording of Mahler’s 10th Symphony (Deryck Cooke version) for the moment, to talk about Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who conducts. Is Nézet-Séguin the most successful conductor Canada has ever produced? That … Continue reading

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The erotic agonies of Armide 2.0

Opera Atelier opened their 30th anniversary season with their latest take on Lully’s 17th century masterpiece Armide. They’ve done the work before, the greatest opera you’ve never seen.  Perhaps it isn’t performed as frequently as it deserves, but it is … Continue reading

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Embedded in Oshawa Opera

I spent an afternoon observing auditions for Oshawa Opera alongside Artistic Director Kristine Dandavino and Michael Robert-Broder.  For the AD, an extra set of eyes and ears offer additional perspectives.  Or as she herself said, she’s the one who makes … Continue reading

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