Opera from another angle

November 26, 2014 0

Centre Stage 2014: Let’s Hear It For the Boys

Charles Sy, tenor, winner of the 2014 Centre Stage: Ensemble Studio Competition Gala.

Charles Sy, tenor, winner of the 2014 Centre Stage: Ensemble Studio Competition Gala. Last night the seven finalists of the COC’s Ensemble Studio Competition sang on the stage of the Four Seasons Centre for the second annual Centre Stage Gala. I like this event, and I like the hype it brings to this exciting part…

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November 24, 2014 0

Unpaid Artists, and all the ways they can stay that way

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I came across two separate articles the other day, on the topic of artists working without pay. The first was this open letter to Oprah, written by Revolva, a professional hula hoop act and vaudeville performer. Apparently, Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend tour invited Revolva to work for their San Jose stop earlier this…

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November 23, 2014 0

Tales from the score: Anna’s innocence

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Henriette Gertrude Walpurgis as Donna Anna, 1831. If you love opera, you probably love Mozart’s Don Giovanni. The jury is out, however, on the question of whether or not you like Donna Anna. “Hmm, tough one,” say you. Mozart and Da Ponte start this story of Don Juan just after his encounter with Donna Anna, which…

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November 20, 2014 0

Centre Stage: 7 finalists compete in the COC’s Ensemble Studio Competition Gala


Next Tuesday, November 25th, the seven finalists from the national auditions for the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio will compete for precious few spots in the coveted young artist programme. Hosted by the beloved Canadian tenor Ben Heppner, the event is called Centre Stage, and it’s an ongoing evolution of the audition process for these young…

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November 19, 2014 0

I kind of like Black Pearls…


One afternoon a few years back, after discovering these on YouTube, I showed them to a singer friend of mine; I figured they’d find the collection of operatic misses as fascinating as I did. My singer friend didn’t find it fascinating, perhaps due to the sympathy he couldn’t help but feel for the voices. Perhaps singers will…

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November 19, 2014 0

The fab Joyce, hanging out with your opera favourites

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Photo: Virgin Classics/Nick Heavican If you’re not following Joyce DiDonato’s YouTube Channel (the Yankee Diva), you should change that. I found this adorable video Joyce made while touring Handel’s Alcina with the English Concert Orchestra. Joyce enjoys (and gets lost) along with opera favourites Alice Coote, Anna Christy, Ben Johnson, and the charming Harry Bicket. So,…

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November 18, 2014 0

In review: Tapestry Briefs: Booster Shots

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Keith Klassen, Krisztina Szabó and Alexander Dobson in The Overcoat by Morris Panych and James Rolfe. Photo credit: Dahlia Katz. Tapestry Opera is currently enjoying its 35th anniversary season, and they seem to be celebrating by putting on fantastic theatre (and a bit of food and drink). I went to see Tapestry Briefs: Booster Shots on Sunday night,…

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November 17, 2014 0

He said/She said: Aprile Millo at Trinity St. Paul’s


This is a joint review with contributor Greg Finney. Read more by Greg. Jenna: On Saturday night I went with go-to concert date Greg Finney to Trinity St. Paul’s Centre on Bloor Street to hear the great Aprile Millo in recital. Upon opening sitting down and flipping through the programme, I was a little humbled to…

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November 17, 2014 0

Shh…Don’t tell them it’s opera!


I’m spending this month touring around Ontario, putting on opera for kids. We bring a whole set, costumes, props and electric keyboard, to school gyms and perform for hundreds of kids, twice a day. It’s a lot of early mornings, a lot of equipment-schlepping, and a lot of time in the tour van. But it’s worth…

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November 16, 2014 0

In review: Extensions of Us

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This is a guest review by contributor Greg Finney. Read more by Greg. On a cool Thursday night I trotted down to the Extension Room at 30 Eastern Avenue for Extensions of Us, featuring Lucia Cesaroni, Adrian Kramer, Jennifer Nichols and Justin De Bernardi with Maika’i Nash on piano. I walked into the jam-packed modern space…

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