Category Archives: Opera

TIFT Candide

While 2017 was a year to celebrate Canada’s 150th, we’re now coming up on the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein.  Whether you pronounce it Bern–steen or Bern-stine, the composer, pianist & conductor was born in 1918, which means that it … Continue reading

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Musik für das Ende

I’m late coming to the party, seeing something near the end of its run. After seeing Musik für das Ende tonight at the beautiful Guloien Theatre, one of the spaces at Streetcar Crowsnest, Crow’s Theatre’s new facility, I had a … Continue reading

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Centre Stage 2017

They keep fine-tuning the format for the Canadian Opera Company’s Centre Stage Gala, the competition & celebration of the Ensemble Studio, now in its fifth year as a gala, seventh as a singing competition. I would say this was the … Continue reading

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Opera Atelier Marriage of Figaro

A year and a half ago it was a conceptual Marriage of Figaro including a mysterious cupid and bird carcasses, in Claus Guth’s production at the Canadian Opera Company.  Now it’s Opera Atelier’s turn in a production at the Elgin … Continue reading

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Questions for Douglas Williams: Figaro

Bass-baritone Douglas Williams is now performing the title role in the Opera Atelier production The Marriage of Figaro that runs this week at the Elgin Theatre. His repertoire reaches over four centuries, being a sought-after interpreter of Monteverdi, Handel, Bach, … Continue reading

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Tessék?

A little something has nagged at me for days after seeing Arabella at the Canadian Opera Company on the weekend, a moment stuck in my head like an ear-worm. It’s not a musical ear-worm, it’s a linguistic one. I have … Continue reading

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Tapestry pays it forward

Tapestry Opera receives gift of $225,000 Bösendorfer piano; ‘pays it forward’ with disaster relief concert on October 25 Opera and jazz greats unite to inaugurate “the Stradivarius of pianos” with proceeds to benefit relief efforts across the world (Toronto, ON) – Tapestry Opera has … Continue reading

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