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Rusalka: and now for something completely different

Tonight the Canadian Opera Company premiered their take on the recent Lyric Opera of Chicago production of Dvořák’s Rusalka directed by Sir David McVicar. It stands in rather stark contrast to the other current COC production, Puccini’s Turandot¸ whose mise-en-scene … Continue reading

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Old-fashioned Boheme

Tonight was the opening performance of the Canadian Opera Company’s revival of John Caird’s production of La Boheme directed by Katherine M. Carter. As with their earlier return to Atom Egoyan’s Cosi fan tutte a few months ago, the concept … Continue reading

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Elektra again

Today I had a second chance to see & hear the Canadian Opera Company’s Elektra at the Four Seasons Centre. It was so much better for me the second time, possibly because I was sitting closer. That first time (from a … Continue reading

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Elektra-fying

There’s a moment in Richard Strauss’s adaptation of Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s libretto for Elektra that tells you everything you need to know.  This is the same family constellation we know from the aftermath of the Trojan War. Agamemmnon is dead, … Continue reading

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Six years since Richard Bradshaw

It was August 15, 2007.  I recall hearing the news that Richard Bradshaw had died. The Canadian Opera Company now have a resident conductor & a general director. Johannes Debus conducts the COC Orchestra & Alexander Neef is the canny … Continue reading

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10 Questions for Keir GoGwilt

Keir GoGwilt was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and grew up in New York City. Recent performances include the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Bowdoin International Music Festival Orchestra, Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” with the Bach Society Orchestra of Harvard, the Berg … Continue reading

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Déjà Egoyan

The title is ambiguous, meaning several things. I am writing again about an Egoyan, this time Atom, after two recent rhapsodic pieces about his sister (concert & CD review) Egoyan returns again to Strauss’s Salome, a modified revival of a … Continue reading

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