Monthly Archives: October 2015

Back to the Future, live with Toronto Symphony

“Great Scott! After thirty years we find ourselves being sent Back to the Future. This time the re-entry is in the concert hall…” So said composer Alan Silvestri in his program note for showings this weekend of Robert Zemeckis’ 1985 … Continue reading

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Enough tenors for now: COC 2015 Ensemble Studio Finalists

It should be no surprise that the eight finalists just announced for the the COC’s 2015 Ensemble Studio competition don’t contain any tenors in the group. No wonder, when last year the top three places in the competition went to tenors, … Continue reading

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Tragic Canadians in Traviata

I had a second look at Arin Arbus’ production of Verdi’s La traviata for the Canadian Opera Company with a few cast changes. At the centre of this world is Joyce El-Khoury in the title role, opposite Andrew Haji as … Continue reading

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10 questions for Peggy Kriha Dye: Armide

Soprano Peggy Kriha Dye has been one of the keys to Opera Atelier’s successes in Toronto, in the title roles of Armide (Toronto, Versailles, Glimmerglass Festival) and L’Incoronazione di Poppea, as the Countess in The Marriage of Figaro, Ilia in … Continue reading

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Opera Lyra in Ottawa/Gatineau to cease operations

Ottawa, October 14, 2015. The Board of Directors of Opera Lyra issued the following statement today. It is with deep regret that we have decided to cease operations, effective today. There will be an immediate shutdown of the current performance … Continue reading

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10 questions for Andrew Haji

You may know tenor Andrew Haji as a member of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio, for his appearances with the COC in the Ensemble Studio performance of The Barber of Seville (as Count Almaviva in May 2015), and Così … Continue reading

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Eve Egoyan CD launch Oct 16-18

“Less is more.” Eve Egoyan performs intimate contemporary piano music in an intimate space at Toronto’s Small World Music Centre, October 16 – 18. This distinctive recital programme features music by Toronto composers John Mark Sherlock, Nick Storring and Linda … Continue reading

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The wit and wisdom of Eldritch Theatre’s Doctor Wuthergloom

Praetorius Wuthergloom is a 142 year-old widower, an itinerant mediciner of supernatural blight & exorcist–the titles he gives himself—whose most recent extravaganza ended tonight, alas, with the closing performance of his show at the Red Sandcastle Theatre. Be not afeared, … Continue reading

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Richard Margison as Abraham: David Warrack’s new oratorio

Abraham, an oratorio by David Warrack about the patriarch of three major faiths, will bring together leading Toronto artists in a special fundraising performance for Syrian refugees, Wednesday, October 28, 8 p.m. at Metropolitan United Church, 56 Queen Street East, … Continue reading

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COC traviata and the three faces of Violetta

I witnessed something rare and wonderful at the opening of the Canadian Opera Company’s la traviata at the Four Seasons Centre tonight. It’s almost impossible to do justice to the role of Violetta that Verdi created in his adaptation of … Continue reading

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