Monthly Archives: April 2016

Carmen Encore

The second cast in the Canadian Opera Company’s Carmen production directed by Joel Ivany brought us into a more realistic world than what we’d seen in the opening night’s cast. This is a cast that’s physically beautiful, from the heroic … Continue reading

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Colourful Kensington

Late this afternoon, hungrier than I’d expected to be, I found myself at the corner of Oxford & Augusta. The Morrocan Stew I consumed at Urban Herbivore left me full.  That should have been enough. But then I noticed the … Continue reading

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A Carmen that ends differently

When I’ve missed opening night I try desperately to avoid reading other reviews, a sort of anxiety of influence. Social media makes it tough when you see headlines proclaiming the brilliance of that show: as I saw on Facebook concerning Joel … Continue reading

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Sweet Swan of Avon: The Musicians In Ordinary celebrate William Shakespeare

Sweet Swan of Avon – Series of Words and Music Concludes THE MUSICIANS IN ORDINARY CELEBRATE SHAKESPEARE ON ACTUAL 400TH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS DEATH, APRIL 23   ENGLISH-LANGUAGE AUTHORITY & AUTHOR SETH LERER READS IN ORIGINAL PRONUNCIATION Four centuries to … Continue reading

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Famous tunes at the TSO

And the beat goes on. While there may have been a change of leadership, the Toronto Symphony hot streak continues, with bold performances onstage & at the box office. Sunday afternoon I attended the second of a pair of concerts … Continue reading

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Lucio Silla: slaying the tyrant at the Elgin Theatre

Tonight I saw Opera Atelier’s Lucio Silla, an opera receiving its Canadian premiere production at the Elgin Theatre. I’ve wondered what was so special about this opera, having heard about previous Opera Atelier presentations of the work in Europe, and … Continue reading

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Questions for Ashlie Corcoran: Löhle’s das ding

Ashlie Corcoran, Artistic Director at the Thousand Islands Playhouse since 2012, Co-Founder and Artistic Producer for Theatre Smash, directs both theatre and opera, working across Canada and internationally. Next season Ashlie will return to Toronto to direct the Canadian Opera … Continue reading

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