Monthly Archives: October 2016

TSO exhibit Elfman – Burton brilliance

While there are still two months left in 2016 I am pretty sure that I just saw the best concert of the year, and I didn’t see it coming.  At the intermission I was musing to myself that I had … Continue reading

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All But Gone

When you’re ushered into the chapel for a wedding, sometimes they ask you “bride or groom?” That’s to identify where you should sit. I was thinking of that quaint custom as I came into the Berkeley Street theatre tonight for … Continue reading

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That other Aeneas and Dido story

It was a funny coincidence. When I ran into David Fallis the other day –an encounter I mentioned in my recent review of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas—I showed him a DVD I was returning to the library, the Fura del … Continue reading

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Ariodante questions

My second time through the Canadian Opera Company’s Ariodante yesterday raised more questions in my mind. There are the vocal questions, ones that aren’t new.  I have long wondered about the way we perceive operatic performance, that a perfect performance … Continue reading

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Fourth Annual Elizabeth Krehm Memorial Concert

Monday November 14 at 7:30pm at Metropolitan United Church Tickets & information Elizabeth Krehm passed away on November 17, 2012 in the ICU at St Michael’s Hospital. Every year since her passing, her family has held a memorial concert as … Continue reading

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JAMES BOND: A Convenient Lie (Opera in Pasticcio)

MALFI PRODUCTIONS in collaboration with MANOSINISTRA LYRIC WORKSHOPS present:   Ian Fleming’s JAMES BOND: A Convenient Lie (Opera in Pasticcio) Libretto by Kyle McDonald   Saturday November 12, 2016 – 8pm BETTY OLIPHANT THEATRE (National Ballet School) 404 Jarvis St., Toronto, CANADA   … Continue reading

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Opera Atelier creates a new Dido and Aeneas

Opera Atelier and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas go back a long way. This was the opera with which they began, thirty years ago. But this is not the same opera. Tonight we saw a new creation unveiled, an expanded version … Continue reading

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What to expect from Ariodante

Part of me is dying to spill the beans about the Canadian Opera Company’s co-production of Ariodante that opened this afternoon in a matinee at Four Seasons Centre, but I have to tread carefully, as I studiously avoid spoilers, especially … Continue reading

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Radvanovsky’s Norma

This isn’t your usual Norma. It’s an opera that requires talent and skill far above and beyond what’s usual or normal.  Believe the hype about Sondra Radvanovsky, who is singing the lead in Bellini’s bel canto masterpiece, in a cast as … Continue reading

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Christophe Coin’s Eloquent Cello

An intermission conversation at a concert–Christophe Coin playing “The Eloquent Cello”– made a natural lead-in to Thanksgiving weekend, a reminder of the things I love about Tafelmusik baroque orchestra, for which I should be grateful.   We were discussing things of … Continue reading

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