Editorials

Upcoming of note: Opera hits in BC & Henry VIII in Boston

Upcoming of note: Opera hits in BC & Henry VIII in Boston

On the opposite coast, Boston-based Odyssey Opera is set to offer its latest in opera's under-performed masterpieces. Saint-Saëns' 1883 opera, Henry VIII, centres on the famed love triangle between the Tudor king, his first wife Catherine of Aragon, and his soon-to-be second wife, Anne Boleyn.

Jenna Simeonov
Don't miss: Two Sopranos, One Friendship (and our editor at the keys)

Don't miss: Two Sopranos, One Friendship (and our editor at the keys)

Plus! At the piano is Jenna Simeonov (me), founder and editor of Schmopera. Out and about and likely wearing lipstick.

Jenna Simeonov
Pandora, Lucretia & Chunky: upcoming must-sees

Pandora, Lucretia & Chunky: upcoming must-sees

“Although this piece isn't directly about the myth," says stage director Amanda Smith, "I imagine that in Pandora we see what happens when the jar, or box, is opened a second time."

Jenna Simeonov
Upcoming gems: Small but mighty & not to be missed

Upcoming gems: Small but mighty & not to be missed

You'll also hear soprano/composer Danika Lorèn's curiously titled The Secret Lives of Vegetables, and in a guarantee for laughs, the song cycle by Toronto favourite Peter Tiefenbach, Chansons de mon placard.

Jenna Simeonov
Vivaldi's Aztec exoticism: Montezuma

Vivaldi's Aztec exoticism: Montezuma

If we look too closely with our 21st-century lens, Montezuma could be seen as problematic. Why champion the Spanish, when their colonialism was so vicious?

Jenna Simeonov
#COC1920

#COC1920

2019/20 is a season of revivals, perhaps disappointingly so for some of the COC's longtime audience members who won't get treated to much they haven't seen before.

Jenna Simeonov
TSO's 2019/20 a season of (mostly) classics

TSO's 2019/20 a season of (mostly) classics

"There's nothing I like better than planning programmes," says Davis, of his enthusiastic stepping in as the TSO's Interim Artistic Director. But, eager to pass the torch officially to Gimeno, "the next season will be Gustavo's."

Jenna Simeonov
Familiar stories: Hook Up

Familiar stories: Hook Up

Composer Chris Thornborrow, librettist Julie Tepperman, and director/dramaturge Richard Greenblatt, dare to tell an uncomfortably familiar story that, today, is full of the themes that permeate every news story and piece of media we consume.

Jenna Simeonov
Wolf in 2019: the latest from Roxanna Walitzki

Wolf in 2019: the latest from Roxanna Walitzki

Shot in the salt flats of Utah by visual artist Redd Walitzki, Roxanna has created an original arrangement of Hugo Wolf's "Verborgenheit" ("Concealment").

Jenna Simeonov
Holiday recap: forbiddens & traditions

Holiday recap: forbiddens & traditions

There's little wrong, though, with heading into a new year with good tunes in one's head, and an acute anticipation of good things to come.

Greg Finney Jenna Simeonov

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