Monthly Archives: September 2021

Question marks about the COC’s winter & spring season

I’ve seen some disgruntled responses in social media to the announcement of the Canadian Opera Company offerings for early 2022. The COC are offering nine performances of Madama Butterfly in February, then seven shows each of La Traviata & Magic … Continue reading

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Encounter with Donald Arthur

I met Donald Arthur through the Toronto Wagner Society, our guest after publication of the memoirs he translated & edited for Hans Hotter, the great Wagner baritone. I jumped at the chance to offer Donald a bed overnight in our … Continue reading

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Who was Derek Jarman

I don’t know Derek Jarman as well as I wish. But I’m presuming to offer some thoughts in answer to a question posed on Soundstreams’ blog a few days ago. I recall Jarman’s contribution to the anthology Aria (1987). The … Continue reading

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Respect for Aretha

The music is amazing. But it should be better. Am I asking too much? Earlier this week I watched Respect, the new biography of Aretha Franklin. I paid for 48 hours worth of viewing time, but only felt like watching … Continue reading

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