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Recent Posts

  • The Klinghoffer Example
  • Please Judge Me! (dot com)
  • Opera 5’s Aria Umezawa on Offenbach/Hahn
  • In Review: Baby Kintyre
  • Prom Night for Rufus
September 16, 2014 0

The Klinghoffer Example

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Photo credit: Marla Diamond/WCBS 880 I came across an article today that prompted me to weigh in on all the talk about The Death of Klinghoffer. Andrea Peyser at the New York Post just published this piece, stating, “The Met is to present an obscene opera titled ‘The Death of Klinghoffer’ — a musical celebration of the senseless murder by…

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September 16, 2014 0

Please Judge Me! (dot com)

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Mark Joelson Daboll is a Toronto-based voice teacher, and he just innovated The Voice Lesson. Mark is the creator of, which offers professional feedback on video submissions from aspiring singers. The PJM team advises submitters on everything from picking out repertoire to vocal warm-ups, and it’s an anonymous, low-pressure way to try out audition repertoire. I…

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September 15, 2014 0

Opera 5’s Aria Umezawa on Offenbach/Hahn


This weekend, Opera 5 puts up their fall show, a double bill featuring Reynaldo Hahn’s L’île du rêve and Jacques Offenbach’s Ba-ta-clan.  Opera 5 is all about combining art forms (including the beloved culinary arts!), and I was curious about this pairing of Hahn’s “idylle polynésienne” and Offenbach’s “chinoiserie musicale”. Artistic Director Aria Umezawa took the time to…

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September 11, 2014 0

In Review: Baby Kintyre

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Canadian composer Dean Burry‘s opera Baby Kintyre is the coolest thing I’ve heard in a long time. The opera, with the libretto also by Dean, had its first performance in 2009 on six consecutive broadcasts of the CBC’s Saturday Afternoon at the Opera. Baby Kintyre is written  in the style of a radio serial in five episodes, based on…

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September 10, 2014 0

Prom Night for Rufus

Rufus Wainwright

Tomorrow night at Royal Albert Hall in London, Rufus Wainwright will have his debut performance as part of the BBC Late Night Proms. Rufus is Canada’s most chatter-worthy addition to the operatic scene (with his upcoming COC commission, Hadrian), and he’ll be joined by soprano Deborah Voigt to sing a couple of arias from his 2009 opera, Prima…

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September 9, 2014 0

Nicole Brooks on Obeah Opera

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This weekend Nightwood Theatre presents the New Groundswell Festival, presenting new works of theatre through workshop productions and a series of play readings. One of the pieces being workshopped is Obeah Opera, created by Nicole Brooks and directed by Weyni Mengesha (‘Da Kink in my Hair, Raisin in the Sun). Nicole is something of an artistic Renaissance woman, with credits…

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September 8, 2014 2

Study: classical music fans use more words, less swears


A cool find today: some stats about what kind of vocabulary is used by different music lovers. Reddit Timemachine put out a survey of music fans from various subreddits about Classical music, jazz, punk, reggae, etc. The results were based on searching for specific words in each subreddit, showing the different frequencies that word is…

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September 6, 2014 0

Substance Abuse in the Opera Industry, yup. But why?


A few articles popped up recently about the problem of anxiety and depression amongst classical musicians. A survey done by Help Musicians UK sampled after 500 working musicians (about 20% of them singers), and found that 60% claimed to have suffered from a psychological concern such as depression and/or debilitating anxiety. A study by showed that artists…

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September 5, 2014 1

The Opera Workout


Since we’re amongst operaphiles, it’s safe to admit that we listen to opera on and off the job. Daily commutes, housecleaning, cooking; they’re all better with opera as a soundtrack. So, who here has listened to opera while working out? Hi, nice to meet you. Opera and classical music are tricky waters for navigation when…

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September 2, 2014 1

Forgiving Racism Onstage


Are we a forgiving bunch, us opera-lovers?  There’s a curious phenomenon of forgiving outdated social mores (racism, for example) in works of theatre and opera that we really like. It seems like fans of opera and musical theatre will look at plenty of bad onstage behaviour in their favourite show, and chalk it up to metaphor…

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