Pretty poison: Lucrezia Borgia at New Amsterdam Opera
Callas lovers, listen up: a giveaway is underway!News
At the end of November, our Patreon supporters who pledge $15/month or more will be entered into a draw for the 42-disc box set. Tell your friends, and if you've not done it yet, consider becoming a patron of Schmopera's; your contribution will help us continue to offer more smart, ad-free content from around the opera-loving world.
Putting a big gift to great use: Tapestry Opera's Disaster Relief Benefit concertNews
The first of the two concerts starts at 7pm, featuring operatic and musical theatre offerings from the likes of Simone Osborne, Erica Iris Huang, Asitha Tennekoon, Keith Klassen, and Alexander Hajek. Tickets are $30. At 10pm the Bösendorfer gets a workout, with performances by jazz pianist Robi Botos and concert virtuoso Younggun Kim. Tickets are also $30.
Embarrassments of riches: Opera Season at the BBCNews
The eight hours of live streaming includes interviews, exclusive performance, archive footage and behind-the-scenes content; the day culminates on BBC Radio 3, where listeners can vote for one of four Royal Opera productions (The Magic Flute, Faust, Tosca and The Flying Dutchman) to be broadcast that evening.
Don't miss: Oshawa Opera's 2017/18 seasonNews
This month, the Oshawa Opera kicks off its fall season of 2017/18, with Mascagni's verismo favourite, Cavalleria rusticana, for one performance only on October 29, 3pm. Mezzo-soprano (and Oshawa Opera Artistic Director) Kristine Dandavino (Santuzza), tenor Jason Lamont (Turridu), mezzo-soprano Anna Belikova (Lucia), baritone Kyle Lehmann (Alfio), and mezzo-soprano Victoria Borg (Lola) join the Oshawa Opera Chorus and William Shookhoff at the piano.
The stars align for Toronto Masque Theatre's final seasonNews
"I'm filled with so many emotions as I introduce you to our final season," says Beckwith. "I'm humbled to present many of Canada's leading performing artists – some TMT regulars alongside some new faces. I'm heavy-hearted as I contemplate the end of a magnificent journey. But above all, I'm excited to present to you an entertaining season of music, theatre and dance that I'm sure will demonstrate the accomplishments of this unique company and its place in the performing arts in Canada."
Mysterious Barricades: "A flicker of hope."News
With a mission "to raise awareness surrounding the mysterious barricades between mental illness and health, between the darkness of depression and a flicker of hope, between life and death," Mysterious Barricades brings free concerts to 15 Canadian cities, starting in St. John's, NL, and ending in Victoria, BC. The organization is led by mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Turnbull, whose late husband took his own life two years ago.
Schmopera: coming to an opera house near you!News
We've got contributors in Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Miami, Edmonton, London, Frankfurt, and more. That means we can broaden our coverage of the 2017/18 season and catch more artists at work. With the help of our new writers, we'll be able to better represent the cool and complementary web of opera happenings across the world.
Don't miss: Esprit Orchestra's 35th anniversary seasonNews
For a pre-season taste, you can hear artists of the Esprit Orchestra and Canadian mezzo-soprano Krisztina Szabó perform Luciano Berio's Folk Songs at the Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, October 3, 12pm.
Must-see mash-ups: Mozart vs MachineNews
"On one level, it feels very much like a musical cabaret-revue," says Wake-Walker, who directs Mozart vs Machine. "There is a narrative, there is a story that is told, but not in a traditional sense." That loose narrative tells of a malfunctioning time-machine, resulting in a chance meeting between Raymond Scott, early pioneer of electronic music, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
"Something Canadian": the Canadian Women Composers ProjectNews
Tonigussi has not only created a recital programme filled with music by Canadian composers and poets, but expanded her work into what is now the Canadian Women Composers Project, and taken the programme on tour with the help of pianists Jenna Richards, Narmina Efendiyeva, and Jenny Griffioen.