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January 28, 2015 1

In review: Tcherniakov’s Don Giovanni

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Photo credit: Michael Cooper After much anticipation (and averting my eyes from the opening night reviews), I had the chance to see the COC’s current production of Don Giovanni, directed and designed by Dmitri Tcherniakov, and conducted by Michael Hofstetter. The production was new to me, and my curiosity was piqued by some press photos and a few…

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January 27, 2015 0

Mozart’s Birthday Doozy

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HAPPY 259th BIRTHDAY, MOZART!! As someone who has his own laundry list of embarrassing things done in the throes of Wild Birthday Celebration (I now celebrate an 8 day festival, commonly called ‘greggyfest’), I want to share this doozy. (Don’t worry Wolfgang, we still love you – and we know you had no creative input…

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January 26, 2015 1

A Tale of Big Hair at the Met

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Who else saw that piece on Jezebel by Collier Meyerson, about her trip to the Metropolitan Opera? It’s not really an article about opera or the Met, but I’m inclined to weigh in on it on behalf of opera-goers, because this story edges towards the elitism amongst opera fans. The short version: Collier was gifted with…

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January 26, 2015 0

Talking with Singers: Heidi Melton

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American dramatic soprano Heidi Melton is currently in Toronto to sing Sieglinde in Atom Egoyan’s upcoming production of Die Walküre at the Canadian Opera Company. She was lovely, and kind enough to talk about singing Wagnerian roles, and the slow burn that is Der Ring des Nibelungen. Photo: Simon Pauly. Die Walküre runs at the Four Seasons Centre…

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January 26, 2015 0

The COC’s Youth Opera Lab: Die Walküre

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The Canadian Opera Company offers plenty of education programs for young people and adults, including their Youth Opera Lab. The YOL is designed to give young opera fans a chance to dive deeply into the shows in the COC’s season, and this month, the focus was on Atom Egoyan’s upcoming production of Die Walküre. Participants were…

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January 25, 2015 0

He said/she said: Songbook V

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Jenna: Marking the end of my weekend hat-trick of stuff to see, was Tapestry’s Songbook V. It’s the fifth year of Tapestry’s New Opera 101 Program, which gives singers and pianists a chance to work on contemporary opera with some of the best in the business; the rep is chosen from within Tapestry’s impressive library…

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January 24, 2015 0

In review: Modern (Family) Opera

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Last night Opera 5 opened their double bill, Modern (Family) Opera, which was made up of Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari’s Il segreto di Susanna and the world première of Darren Russo’s new opera, Storybook. Stage directors Grace Smith (Wolf-Ferrari) and Opera 5 Artistic Director Aria Umezawa shared the double bill, bringing their unique styles to two pieces that couldn’t have been…

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January 24, 2015 0

Regietheater? Ja oder nein?

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This past weekend, I attended The Opera Exchange, an event presented semi-regularly by the Canadian Opera Company to discuss relevant opera topics, structured around the COC’s current season. With Dmitri Tcherniakov’s production of Don Giovanni set to open on January 24th at the Four Seasons Centre, it was a good opportunity to chat about that polarizing topic, Regietheater,…

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January 23, 2015 0

In review: Mozart’s Obscure Opera + Mass in C Minor

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Photo: Malcolm Cook. Thursday night was the first of three concerts to be given by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, programming Mozart’s fantastic Mass in C Minor, K. 427, with fragments of two of his lesser-known operas, Lo sposo deluso and Zaide (K. 430 and 344, respectively). Paul Goodwin conducts the TSO, both the Amadeus Choir and the Elmer Iseler Singers,…

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January 23, 2015 0

In review: Songs of Love and War

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At lunchtime on Thursday, January 22nd, members of the COC Ensemble Studio gave a concert in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre. Just past the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the music on this concert dealt with themes of war, love, and separation; we heard songs by Erich Korngold, Charles Ives, Hanns Eisler,…

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