Opera from another angle

March 5, 2015 1

Talking with Singers: Aaron Durand


Baritone Aaron Durand is new to Toronto, originally hailing from 100 Mile House, British Columbia. If you caught Against the Grain Theatre’s production of #UncleJohn, either in Banff, AB, or in Toronto, you caught his charmingly protective performance of Masetto. Aaron is a thoughtful guy, and he agreed to chat. He talks about why he loves…

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March 4, 2015 0

Cover Me! Singers on the Art of Understudying

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American tenor Issachah Savage. Photo: Kristin Hoeberman. During the COC’s recent run of Die Walküre, tenor Clifton Forbis had to bow out of one of his performances of Siegmund, due to illness. Stepping in was American tenor Issachah Savage, Forbis’ understudy. His performance made impressive waves, and arts writer Neil Crory was there to see it:…

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March 3, 2015 0

Bud Roach, on Capella Intima


Tenor and guitarist Bud Roach is the founder of Capella Intima, an ensemble of singers and instrumentalists that has “carved out a niche for itself in the Toronto early music scene.” Known for their work with 17th century Italian Baroque music, Capella Intima is joining forces with the Gallery Players of Niagara for their next…

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March 2, 2015 0

Fostering Maestras: The Institute for Women Conductors at The Dallas Opera

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The Dallas Opera has announced an exciting new residential program: the Institute for Women Conductors. Running November 28th to December 5th, 2015, the program gives young women the chance to learn and gain conducting experience, with guidance from TDO’s Music Director Emmanuel Villaume, and Principal Guest Conductor, Nicole Paiement (pictured above). Six participants will be selected…

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March 2, 2015 0

Aviva Fortunata, Finalist, 2015 Cardiff Singer of the World Competition


The BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition has announced its 20 finalists from around the world; Calgary-born soprano Aviva Fortunata is one of them. She’s a member of the COC Ensemble Studio, and just finished singing the role of Helmwige in Atom Egoyan’s Die Walküre. Aviva is the sole Canadian among the finalists, and in…

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March 1, 2015 0

In review: The Whisper Opera

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l-r: Claire Chase, flute, Tony Arnold, soprano. The Whisper Opera, by American composer David Lang. New York, 2013. Photo: Armen Elliott. On Saturday I had the chance to see David Lang‘s The Whisper Opera, presented by Soundstreams at The Theatre Centre; with a sold-out run, I was lucky to catch this in Toronto. It was one…

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February 27, 2015 0

Asking Google about Opera


I saw this image from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra floating around the Internet, showing us all what the Googling public asks about the different orchestral instruments. I thought it was funny enough, so I compiled some of the broader Google searches related to the opera singers and their voice types. General observations: lots of questions about…

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February 26, 2015 0

Toronto City Opera: Don Giovanni

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Carla-Grace Colaguori (Zerlina) and Bradley Hoover (Don Giovanni) in Toronto City Opera’s production of Don Giovanni. All photo credits: John Loper Photography. Wednesday night, I went to see Don Giovanni at Toronto City Opera; I don’t know much about the company, and I was most surprised to learn that they’re in their 48th season. Forty eighth! TCO’s mission…

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February 25, 2015 2

Missing the point: the Met’s 2015/16 season


It’s old news by now, but the Metropolitan Opera has announced its season line-up for 2015/2016. I waited a bit before writing about the season, because I couldn’t seem to shake distinct feelings of exasperation. I figured that someone with more journalistic experience than myself would soon weigh in, shedding some light on what I thought were glaringly…

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February 25, 2015 0

Opera Bite: Gabrielle Herbst


I stumbled upon a beautifully articulated answer to one of our industry’s biggest questions, in Carena Liptak’s interview for Noisey with Gabrielle Herbst. Gabrielle is a singer and composer; she’s a member of the band GABI, and her first opera, Bodiless, had its premiere last year at New York’s Roulette. The question posted was simple: “How do you deal with making…

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