Monthly Archives: January 2016

COC Siegfried: Love on the rocks in white PJs

Of the four operas in Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle the closest thing to a comedy is Siegfried. Yes we do have a couple of deaths and a couple of would-be rulers of the world thwarted but it’s got a happy ending, … Continue reading

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Love, Death and the TSO

Tonight was my first look at the Toronto Symphony playing under Peter Oundjian since their Florida tour. On the trip I saw an ensemble who were playing with commitment and passion. Oundjian’s leadership for the three performances I saw of … Continue reading

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Questions for Jordan de Souza

Jordan de Souza, “the fast-rising young Canadian maestro with a busy international career” (Ottawa Citizen), is currently a Guest Conductor, Assistant Conductor, and Cover Conductor at the Canadian Opera Company, the National Ballet of Canada, and the Bregenz Festival (Austria), and is the newly appointed Resident Conductor for Tapestry Opera, … Continue reading

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Tafelmusik: Season Launch 16/17

Tis the season. At a time of year when it can be so cold that one prefers to dream of next year (even if it’s been unseasonably warm to begin 2016), the major classical music organizations make their big announcements. … Continue reading

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Opera Atelier’s 2016-2017 Season

Opera Atelier’s 2016-2017 Season, celebrating Canada’s Sesquicentennial, will include Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas in October and Charpentier’s Medea in April. Dido and Aeneas will star Wallis Giunta and Christopher Enns in the title roles, with Laura Pudwell (Sorceress) and Meghan … Continue reading

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TSO Stage Mozart Requiem

We were all invested with a sense of community. As I sat making notes afterwards, Joseph Johnson’s solo cello kept playing away, as though he didn’t want to go home. I think it’s fair to say that so far Jeff … Continue reading

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Ephemerality seeks eternity

It’s early morning: after having seen a workshop of The Harvester last night before seeing Joel Ivany’s take on the Mozart Requiem with the Toronto Symphony tonight I just re-read what I wrote about the workshop last April to which … Continue reading

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