Monthly Archives: January 2019

Opera Atelier Announces 2019/20 Season

Opera Atelier Announces 2019/20 Season of Sinners and Saints Company Unveils 34th Season Featuring Daring Juxtaposition of Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Handel’s The Resurrection Toronto, ON — Opera Atelier is thrilled to announce a dramatic 2019/20 season with two wildly varying … Continue reading

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Hook Up

Tonight I saw and heard the world premiere of Hook Up, a partnership of Tapestry Opera with Theatre Passe Muraille. It’s a very accomplished musical, a story about relationships, sex and self-discovery. For the occasion of the premiere maybe we weren’t … Continue reading

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Elektra-fying

There’s a moment in Richard Strauss’s adaptation of Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s libretto for Elektra that tells you everything you need to know.  This is the same family constellation we know from the aftermath of the Trojan War. Agamemmnon is dead, … Continue reading

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“From Treblinka to Auschwitz” | Vasily Grossman and Primo Levi

North American Premiere of From Treblinka to Auschwitz Vasily Grossman and Primo Levi: a dialogue between witnesses A theatrical reading with live music for Holocaust Remembrance Day With Michael Miranda and Martin Julien, actors Robbie Grunwald, piano | Drew Jurecka, … Continue reading

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The Harlequin Salon

In a week juxtaposing new (21C festival) and old (the Toronto Symphony playing Mozart with Pinchas Zukerman), I came finally to see The Harlequin Salon by Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, including a great deal of theatricality to complement their music. While … Continue reading

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Julie Tepperman & Chris Thornborrow: Hook Up

How do people meet, and what’s involved in making connections? I keep asking this question about the arts because in case you haven’t noticed, you can’t do it alone. Yes there are people like Beethoven who work in solitude, people … Continue reading

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Zukerman, Mozart and the TSO

While tonight’s Toronto Symphony all-Mozart concert, conducted by violinist Pinchas Zukerman was 180 degrees in the opposite direction from what they were up to yesterday at Koerner Hall, launching the 21C Festival of new music, there were some interesting points … Continue reading

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