Monthly Archives: March 2019

Evolving past jealousy in opera

I was thinking about jealousy today.  It’s funny how sometimes a word can come up over and over again. I confessed to some envy in my last review, admiring the way Stephen Walsh wrote about Debussy.  I don’t know if … Continue reading

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Debussy: A Painter in Sound

Stephen Walsh’s recent book Debussy: A Painter in Sound from Faber & Faber, is a welcome addition to the literature concerning a man whose star continues to rise, a composer respected & loved more in the 21st century than ever before. … Continue reading

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School Girls; or The African Mean Girls Play

I’ve just seen Jocelyn Bioh’s School Girls, presented by Obsidian Theatre in association with Nightwood Theatre at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. The co-production is a natural considering how perfectly the play fulfills the mandates of both companies, a piece … Continue reading

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The hybrid creation Revisor from Jonathon Young and Crystal Pite is so much more than I can put into words, a piece of theatre that explores the process of signification while showing us the ways that it breaks down. It’s … Continue reading

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Questions for Cecilia Livingston: Balancing the Score

A little over five years ago, I interviewed composer Cecilia Livingston in anticipation of her new opera commission The Masque of the Red Death, an occasion for some marvelous comments about composing & opera (see what I mean? ). I’m not … Continue reading

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Questions for Mladen Obradovic: The Woods are Dark and Deep

A few years ago I saw a Feydeau farce starring Mladen Obradovic. He was a startlingly good actor, playing two distinctly different roles, a bit of a tour de force really, and totally unforgettable. So this week I see that … Continue reading

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Musique 3 Femmes: The Next Wave Workshop

Musique 3 Femmes with Tapestry Opera Announces The Next Wave Workshop Presentation of operas by winners of inaugural $25,000 Mécénat Musica Prix 3 Femmes, new prize supporting creation of operas by emerging female and female-identifying composers and librettists in Canada … Continue reading

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Unsafe at Berkeley Street Theatre

A world premiere event by a Canadian cultural icon. UNSAFE AN INVESTIGATION IN THE CENSORSHIP OF ART AND THE ART OF CENSORSHIP IN CANADA Written + Created by SOOK-YIN LEE Directed by Sarah Garton Stanley Performed by Sook-Yin Lee + … Continue reading

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The Woods are Dark and Deep: internment story

The Woods are Dark and Deep is a new, original historical drama by Mladen Obradović, a Toronto-based theatre creator. It is based on a little known historical fact that during World War I, immigrants who were living in Canada, but … Continue reading

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Perchance to Dream

I’ve just seen Perchance to Dream in its Canadian Premiere with Toronto Operetta Theatre.  Ivor Novello’s musical romance was a great success upon its first appearance in London in 1945, although tastes have changed. I was reminded of Salieri in … Continue reading

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