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Opera Atelier’s The Resurrection is resplendent art in the face of adversity

Opera Atelier’s The Resurrection is resplendent art in the face of adversity

What a pity, then, that Zingg and Pynkoski’s production couldn’t be showcased on a traditional stage, like that of Koerner Hall—where this production was originally set to premiere in April 2020—or the Elgin Theatre, Opera Atelier’s de facto home.

Joshua Chong
Inaugural Watershed Festival to celebrate opera & musical theatre in Kingston

Inaugural Watershed Festival to celebrate opera & musical theatre in Kingston

The virtual start to the Watershed Festival is no compromise, no placeholder for the in-person Festival set for spring 2022. "Going virtual has a number of silver linings," says Burry. "We've got people joining us from around the world, and I would imagine the best aspects of that kind of reach will always be a part of the festival moving forward."

Jenna Simeonov
Girl in the Snow: a mysterious song cycle

Girl in the Snow: a mysterious song cycle

Though distinctly modern in all respects, Girl In The Snow possesses a timeless patina. Ordway's ambitious and naturalistic poetry, both dreamy, even fancifully at moments, is also marked with underlying tension and foreboding. Such variety seasons the work. His composition, written for solo piano accompanying mezzo-soprano voice, is resonant, often propulsive and grippingly abstract.

John Hohmann
Video premiere: "The Mystery of the World" according to Julia Dawson

Video premiere: "The Mystery of the World" according to Julia Dawson

Dawson is committed to video. "These videos were a way that we could come together as a community and make musical offerings to people in the midst of the pandemic. By embracing the constraints of 2020 and leaning into the medium of video, I've seen the richness of expressive possibility that is available."

John Hohmann
OperaUpClose Presents ‘Songs of Solace and Spring’

OperaUpClose Presents ‘Songs of Solace and Spring’

How inspiring to think that even despite our limitations, creativity has a hard time being quelled. If you are craving some relief from the monotony of your day or are in need of a pause to enjoy some music, both concerts are currently streaming and are available to watch until May 13th.

Alessia Naccarato
How not to write an opera

How not to write an opera

Time passed, life changed. But Mau Mau - the Opera had bitten deeper than I thought. I unburied all I'd written: the blocks of text, the scattered notes and sketches, laid them out, re-sequenced them, dropped and added and wrote a second version.

Matthew Hilton
Les Délices presents Women of Genius in the Ancien Régime

Les Délices presents Women of Genius in the Ancien Régime

The star of this particular show, composer Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, was hardly left in the shadows. Having gained the support of Lous XIV, she was highly visible with frequent performance of her work. More importantly she enjoyed the rare privilege of having her work published.

John Hohmann
Overlapping Stories Fall on the House of Usher

Overlapping Stories Fall on the House of Usher

The additions are debatable but the film stands as a considerable artistic achievement and is testament to the resilience of opera in the pandemic era. At its core it is quite a luxury in and of itself.

John Hohmann
Big news, had to share

Big news, had to share

In case you're curious, I'll keep writing. No, I won't write reviews of my clients' performances, nor will I try and get away with any similar sort of glaring conflict of interest. I know it's not really common for someone to do the jobs of management and criticism at the same time, but being a rare breed is alright with me.

Jenna Simeonov
Opera Canada magazine celebrates 60 years

Opera Canada magazine celebrates 60 years

Opera Canada's anniversary edition is currently being offered as a free bonus to Opera Canada subscribers, and for a limited time, will be added to any new or renewed subscriptions.

Leah Borts-Kuperman

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