Reviews

Jubilee: a truly educational experience

Jubilee: a truly educational experience

This mix of breaking down the fourth wall, group narratives and of course, lots of singing provided for a wonderful and unique theater experience. I have had little to no experience with the Negro Spiritual genre, and Jubilee was truly educational experience.

Callie Cooper
A Pandora's Box of artistic collaboration

A Pandora's Box of artistic collaboration

Storen, Glaser, and Soden's teamwork resulted in a score that really is like a Pandora's box. It is a complex kaleidoscope of sound worlds with flavours of new-age, atonal, and modernist experimental styles.

Leslie Ashworth
Clumsy Silla victim of inept direction

Clumsy Silla victim of inept direction

If the themes are supposed to be timeless (and, indeed, as clear and obviously sketched out as they are in the opera's text), then should it not stand to reason that those themes would still ring true regardless of whether or not it was set in Ancient Rome or in America in 2019?

Arturo Fernandez
Youthful & collaborative Dido at the Unicorn Theatre

Youthful & collaborative Dido at the Unicorn Theatre

The sense of companionship the chorus seemed to share extended to their singing which was some of my favourite of the afternoon. Together with the 7-piece ensemble led by conductor Valentina Peleggi they created some absolutely sublime, stylistically considered music.

Alessia Naccarato
There's a place for us at LOC's West Side Story

There's a place for us at LOC's West Side Story

Even though, of course, I knew of this story's roots in Romeo and Juliet, I was nonetheless shocked and heartbroken by these characters' deaths in the Rumble scene and then watching the rapid unraveling of Maria and Tony's lives in Act II.

Michael Pecak
Fascinating insight: rough for opera #17

Fascinating insight: rough for opera #17

We are talking about an indeterminate and ever-changing tradition that has been developing for over four hundred years. Perhaps it is time to cast form aside entirely and explore where it is headed for the future.

Alessia Naccarato
Two different servings from the Opera Fest menu

Two different servings from the Opera Fest menu

Brooklyn-based Regina Opera has taken on Verdi's Il Trovatore and though they clearly have limited resources, they have staged a first-rate, fully-realized production.

Loren Lester
Hearing the Seldom Seen

Hearing the Seldom Seen

The singers playfully (or angrily) splash about, shoot each other with squirt guns and finally land dead in the (unheated) water for the violent finale.

Loren Lester
Alkema a world-class Tosca at WNO

Alkema a world-class Tosca at WNO

To me, Tosca is just about a perfect piece of theater. I think it's funny that it often gets dismissed as absurdly over-the-top melodrama, especially in this moment in time when Game of Thrones is so wildly popular, and the latest Avengers instalment is the highest grossing movie in theaters.

Molly Simoneau
A very Canadian La bohème: the latest in Opera for Toronto

A very Canadian La bohème: the latest in Opera for Toronto

The preparation for this single show can stretch over an entire season, with input from the multiple teachers and coaches who come to work with the young artists throughout the year.

Jenna Simeonov

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