Monthly Archives: January 2017

Questions for Birgit Schreyer Duarte: translator of Liv Stein

I was fortunate to encounter the work of Birgit Schreyer Duarte while she was still a student at the University of Toronto, over a decade ago. While one may sometimes see remarkable talents among a student population, she was at … Continue reading

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Tonight the Canadian Opera Company announced their 2017-2018 season aka #coc1718, an event hosted by Brent Bambury in conversation with Johannes Debus & Alexander Neef.  How novel to be permitted –nay encouraged– to tweet during the show about #coc1718. That’s just … Continue reading

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Mozart Forever Young @261

To hear and see the Toronto Symphony Concert tonight was to be confronted with some ageless questions about age. Mozart, that avatar of youthful brilliance, is indestructible, no matter how he’s played. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear what the … Continue reading

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Danny and that question

I’m viewing Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, the live show I saw previewed tonight, through the same lens through which I stared at La La Land last night. Yesterday was a big movie house full of people. Tonight was … Continue reading

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La La Land and the eternal question

La La Land is a musical but different. How? One part of the equation is us, the way we were different in 2016. And I suspect we’ll hear a great deal about how we have become different for 2017. It’s … Continue reading

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Mysterious Satie: Socrate, Hannigan and de Leeuw

People may think they know you.  They can have expectations of you, and be surprised when you don’t behave in the usual way.  I don’t like being boxed in, stereotyped by old friends who think they know me better than … Continue reading

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TOT Pirates

I said a festive goodbye to 2016 with the help of the last Pirates of Penzance of the year from Toronto Operetta Theatre (TOT). They’re taking a well-deserved break for the holiday (and Happy New Year to you too), before … Continue reading

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