Monthly Archives: May 2016

Braid or CASP at RBA

Art-song?  The concept didn’t immediately blow me away as a child growing up in the same house with an opera singer, craving the full-out commitment of opera.  The pleasures on record were sometimes esoteric and fleeting.  I think I grew … Continue reading

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Ambitious TSO program

It wasn’t at all what I expected, this Toronto Symphony program of Beethoven, Brahms and Adams, to be taken on a Canadian tour this weekend (Ottawa Saturday and Montreal Sunday). Peter Oundjian did tell us that it’s unusual to program … Continue reading

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Maometto II, Conquerer

That was a fast three hours and twenty minutes. While I expected Maometto II, the Rossini opera presented by the Canadian Opera Company at the Four Seasons Centre, to be full of spectacular singing, I did not expect to be … Continue reading

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Lucretia’s Rape: “Is it all”?

If you go see a show and it mystifies you, thank God for the internet to answer questions. And that’s the last thing I’ll say in this review that sounds even a little bit reverent. When I was a young … Continue reading

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