Category Archives: Personal ruminations

Questions for Juan Chioran: Nine In Concert

Juan Chioran was born and raised in Alberti, Argentina. His parents immigrated from Italy after WWII and raised him and his brother in this small town two hours west of Buenos Aires. In 1975, at age 12 he moved with … Continue reading

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Sir Michael’s lesson in intellectual property

The painting is called Sir Michael’s Tarp, by Orion Martin, 36 inches by 72 inches. When I was shown the painting, it didn’t seem familiar right away.  If I hadn’t been told I would never have made the connection to … 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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Dumb luck at the EJB

I found something marvelous and don’t deserve any credit for the discovery. That’s why I say “dumb luck.” We’ve just had the verismo class in the opera course I teach at School of Continuing Studies here at University of Toronto. … Continue reading

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Beethoven’s five minute sermon

Nothing changes your perspective on a piece of music like repurposing it. The new context may strain the original to its breaking point. A happy tune works well at a party, perhaps not so well at a funeral. This is … Continue reading

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The Ethics of Sweat 

Sweat is the name of the opera produced this summer by The Bicycle Opera Project. The name seems like a natural for a company who pull opera around the country behind their cycles, even if tonight was an unseasonably cool … Continue reading

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Memory Lane

I posted a few pictures to Facebook at the opening of SOLT’s all-Canadian program of two operas at the Robert Gill Theatre, one by John Beckwith who turned 90 earlier this year, one by a later generation in the person … Continue reading

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