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Ulysses comes home

Opera Atelier’s Revival of Monteverdi’s The Return of Ulysses (1640) starts slowly but builds to a strong finish.  By intermission I had enjoyed a few moments (Kresimir Spicer in the title role and Mireille Lebel as Penelope, and Meghan Lindsay … Continue reading

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Eagerly anticipating Against the Grain’s Orphée next week

I’m writing about Against the Grain Theatre right now as I think about their imminent co-production of Gluck’s opera, that they are calling Orphée (the original press release said “an international co-production between AtG, the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, and Opera … Continue reading

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I love dogs & The Post

Living through the daily assault upon one’s sensibility leads one to take protective measures.  Whatever does get you through the night? I vacillate between truth and escapism. Truth consists of various sorts of political content, whether on a news network … Continue reading

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Questions for Tracy Dahl

In the recent Canadian Opera Company Cosi fan tutte from just over 4 years ago, Tracy Dahl’s sparkling portrayal of Despina was the breath of fresh air that we desperately needed in Atom Egoyan’s dark intense interpretation. Here’s what I … Continue reading

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Hockey Noir: A bilingual Chamber Opera in 3 Periods

May 10–11, 2018, 8 pm Matinee: May 11, 2018 at 2 pm Jane Mallet Theatre St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts 27 Front Street East, Toronto, ON, CA,M5E 1B4 MAP BUY TICKETS Continuum is thrilled to present our first full-scale multimedia opera in … Continue reading

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The Nightingale is back

There’s another signature production for the Canadian Opera Company.  At one time it was Robert Lepage’s double bill of Bluebeard’s Castle & Erwartung but I think a more recent Lepage opus has at least joined it, if not taken its … Continue reading

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Yom HaShoah: Holocaust Remembrance at the RBA

It’s interesting that on consecutive days, the Canadian Opera Company gave their noon-hour concert in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre over to a performance resembling an act of remembrance. Yesterday was Jeremy Dutcher’s concert, in which he seemed to address the … Continue reading

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