Category Archives: Reviews

Mind-boggling Mother of Us All

It was excellent, this Canadian premiere of The Mother of Us All, Virgil Thomson’s setting of Gertrude Stein’s poetic libretto. The opera tells us about Susan B Anthony starring Meghan Lindsay in the title role, presented under the auspices of … Continue reading

Posted in Music and musicology, Opera, Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Gimeno + Hannigan = Ear-candy

It was a splendid formula. Far be it from me to propose something as reductive as math in the headline, only that the concert is titled “Gimeno + Hannigan”, which is certainly a quick overview. Between them Gustavo Gimeno and … Continue reading

Posted in Books & Literature, Music and musicology, Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Kyle’s Campy Conan

Erika and I went to see Conan and the Stone of Kelior tonight. It’s the last night of the run of the pasticcio opera from Kyle McDonald at Alumnae Theatre. There’s a final matinee Sunday that I would have attended … Continue reading

Posted in Books & Literature, Dance, theatre & musicals, Opera, Reviews | 3 Comments

Magic Flute revival

This is the third time in roughly a decade for the Canadian Opera Company to offer the Diane Paulus Magic Flute, with its meta-theatrical approach employing flamboyant visuals, from set and costume designer Myung Hee Cho. I hope I can … Continue reading

Posted in Opera, Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Good news COC Traviata

When Perryn Leech the Canadian Opera Company general director came out before the performance of La Traviata last night, it was the first time I’d seen him in person, after several messages in the virtual world. He spoke briefly to … Continue reading

Posted in Dance, theatre & musicals, Opera, Reviews | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Virtual Bach

While I hoped to go to Tafelmusik’s presentation of the Bach B-minor Mass Thursday night in Massey Hall it was not to be. I was still testing positive for COVID. Instead Friday night I chose to watch a live concert … Continue reading

Posted in Music and musicology, Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Italian Mime Preview

I was at the preview of Italian Mime Suicide from Bad New Days, co-directed by Kari Pederson and Adam Paolozza. It’s short but intense, part lecture, part performance, sometimes serious sometimes funny. No question about it, I’m out of practice, … Continue reading

Posted in Animals, domestic & wild, Dance, theatre & musicals, Music and musicology, Popular music & culture, Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Truth in our Time—NACO

It’s an ambitious package, this National Arts Centre Orchestra Tour. There’s a world premiere of a Philip Glass symphony, commissioned by the family of newsman Peter Jennings, and three other works collected around the idea of “truth in our time”, … Continue reading

Posted in Music and musicology, Opera, Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Florence: The Lady with The Lamp

Opera in Concert resumed live performance Sunday afternoon with their first of Three Extraordinary Women, namely Florence: the Lady with the Lamp, composed by Timothy Sullivan and with libretto by Anne Mcpherson, an interesting balance between the contemporary and the … Continue reading

Posted in Opera, Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Composers dissing composers

Earlier today I commented on John Gilks’ post about The Lion Heart a new opera by Corey Arnold and Kyle McDonald that received its world premiere in a semi-staged production this past weekend. Near the end of his review John … Continue reading

Posted in Music and musicology, Opera, Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments