Tag Archives: Magic Flute

Closing show preview of what’s to come  

My mantra is “I’m a lucky guy”.  It’s admittedly designed to be a self-fulfilling prophecy, useful because you notice the good things happening to you if you begin with the belief in their likelihood, the presupposition of good fortune and … Continue reading

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Question marks about the COC’s winter & spring season

I’ve seen some disgruntled responses in social media to the announcement of the Canadian Opera Company offerings for early 2022. The COC are offering nine performances of Madama Butterfly in February, then seven shows each of La Traviata & Magic … Continue reading

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Coming of Age Stories

With the passage of time, people get older.  The battles that consumed them in their youth are set aside, as they seek stability and begin to contemplate their legacy.  In that gradual coming into focus, frivolity falls by the wayside … Continue reading

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Late Mozart 2: caveats

Mozart censored? Operas did sometimes have to clear hurdles in the century of their creation, but actually I was thinking about the censure of a modern audience. And so I continue to ramble about late Mozart, inspired by a happy … Continue reading

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Ten Questions for Christopher Enns

Born in Manitoba, tenor Christopher Enns is in his final season with the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio. He made his COC debut as an American/Glass Maker/Strolling Player in Death in Venice.   Enns was one of the strengths of the … Continue reading

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Numbers game

Is opera a numbers game?  It depends who you ask. Statistics can describe aspects of any art form.  For example: Guernica is 3.49 meters by 7.76 meters (more than 11 feet by over 25 feet) Syberberg’s film Our Hitler is over 7 hours … Continue reading

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Che faro senza COC?

Tonight, my last opera of the Canadian Opera Company 2010-2011 season, was my second trip into the special world of Robert Carsen’s Orfeo ed Euridice. I didn’t talk about the visuals in my review (awhile ago) because I strive to … Continue reading

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Kinder gentler Flute

I just saw the Canadian Opera Company’s new production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute.  Considering the reputation of its director, Diane Paulus, an American known for putting Haydn’s Il Mondo della Luna into a planetarium and A Midsummernight’s Dream into … Continue reading

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