Editorials

Don't miss: The Love Potion

Don't miss: The Love Potion

"As social beings, we depend on love and being loved," says Mitisek, explaining our fascination with love stories - even those that end in death. An opera like The Love Potion tells us about the possibilities and the limits of love, and we can experience its extremes through catharsis.

Jenna Simeonov
Fallis wraps 27 years with the Toronto Consort

Fallis wraps 27 years with the Toronto Consort

Readers, we're giving away two pairs of tickets to the matinee performance on May 27 (3:30pm). To be eligible for the draw, share or retweet this post (give us a tag @Schmopera, too!) and tell us why you're keen to see David Fallis' final collaboration with one of Toronto's cornerstones of Early Music.

Jenna Simeonov
"After 15 years, I felt like having a party."

"After 15 years, I felt like having a party."

"I think we really mined [masque] to a huge extent," he says. Now, Beckwith's decision to wrap up TMT is fuelled by a desire for something new.

Jenna Simeonov
Calgary Opera launches 2018-19 season

Calgary Opera launches 2018-19 season

"This story seemed to have all those big emotions, everything from love and death and hubris and heroism, " says Talbot. "People absolutely pushed to the full extremes of their mental and physical capacity. It's an interesting psychological journey through the minds of various different people."

Oliver Munar
Levine's ugly exit, & the disposable Met

Levine's ugly exit, & the disposable Met

Now, as I read the conclusion of the Met's gross display of Righteous Responseā„¢ - their investigation, launched with seriousness only after this group of victims came forward with corroborating, damning accounts of abuse by Levine - I say, let it fall.

Jenna Simeonov
Appetizers & arias: Popera! at the Drake One Fifty

Appetizers & arias: Popera! at the Drake One Fifty

Popera! has a chic air of exclusivity to it, the menu items like "Love Elixir" cocktails and "Opera Cake" seeming positively swanky when paired with Mozart. My only wish is that the event grows in size - as in, more singing, please. I could have done with a couple of sets' worth of singing, perhaps over appetizers as well as cocktails, with a bonus handful of sweet picks - some Andrew Lloyd Webber, say - for dessert.

Jenna Simeonov
Hallelujah for the Amici Ensemble

Hallelujah for the Amici Ensemble

Some warmth on this chilly Thursday: the Amici Ensemble and soprano Mireille Asselin covers Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah. It's a clip from their newly released album, Inspired by Canada/Notre Pays. Curl up with some tea, hit play, and let the tears flow.

Jenna Simeonov
4 reasons to get excited about opera in 2018

4 reasons to get excited about opera in 2018

Readers, what are you looking forward to in your operatic lives this year? Every now and then it's nice to take stock of the exciting things on the horizon, to keep us interested and invested in the art form we all love. We've got four things for opera fans to get properly pumped about in 2018:

Jenna Simeonov
Greg & Jenna's #RoundUp2017

Greg & Jenna's #RoundUp2017

Can you believe it's that time already? The end of the twelfth month is upon us, and we have a duty to reflect on the year. 2017 brought lots of goodies: high notes, great conversations, and even a puppet opera. Greg and Jenna whittled down the year's riches to their top 5 picks:

Jenna Simeonov Greg Finney
When opera companies protect abusers

When opera companies protect abusers

It is irresponsible and dangerous to assume that a criminal's colleagues are unaware or indifferent to such serious offenses. This attitude needs to be addressed. An entire art form is at stake.

Anonymous

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