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Edmonton Opera delivers "all-the-feels" Bohème

Edmonton Opera delivers "all-the-feels" Bohème

The company has a triumphant opening night in spite of off-stage challenges.

Oliver Munar
Digital Svabda a ritualistic enigma, with some confusion

Digital Svabda a ritualistic enigma, with some confusion

I have to admit, after a while, the music did draw me in. This is an opera I suspect some people will have to sit with, but it will pull you into its language. And when it does, it does feel remarkably transformative afterwards.

Arturo Fernandez
Contributor Michael Pecak to make conducting debut at COT

Contributor Michael Pecak to make conducting debut at COT

Next month, Pecak will make his principal conducting debut with Chicago Opera Theatre, in the world premiere of The Beekeeper. The opera is a one-act with music by Wang Lu and a libretto by Kelley Rourke that hints at mystery and a bit of spookiness.

Jenna Simeonov
A Merry Return to the Mainstage

A Merry Return to the Mainstage

Inside Calgary Opera’s preparations for The Merry Widow in spite of COVID.

Oliver Munar
Canadian pride: Boston's Svadba looks like a must-watch

Canadian pride: Boston's Svadba looks like a must-watch

I have a special spot in my heart for this 2011 opera, often billed as Svadba-Wedding. I saw it in what I believe was it's earliest stages, in rehearsals for the first performance with Queen of Puddings Theatre in Toronto.

Jenna Simeonov
Opera creeps back to Canada & it reminds me of Beethoven

Opera creeps back to Canada & it reminds me of Beethoven

In the before times, I was all for stories that had big emotions and swept me out of reality; now, it feels futile to expect that a great high note can affect us with the same ease that it did before we all lost ourselves to a public health emergency.

Jenna Simeonov
LYNX elevates its Amplify Series with new anthology

LYNX elevates its Amplify Series with new anthology

To date, LYNX has worked with fifteen young writers and fifteen composers on new commissions which range in topic from experiences as a person with autism to climate change to favorite foods.

Caitleen Kahn
Enchanting Production Brings Calgary Opera Back to Live, In-Person Audience

Enchanting Production Brings Calgary Opera Back to Live, In-Person Audience

On this night, the company’s full roster of emerging artists (now branded as the McPhee Artists in honour of the company’s longtime Artistic Director and CEO) enchanted the audience with a whimsical production that the whole family would enjoy.

Oliver Munar
Helios Opera brings hilarious Service Provider home

Helios Opera brings hilarious Service Provider home

Service Provider is essentially an opera all about cell phone use; the characters are on cell phones for most of the run-time, pretty much ignoring everything around them.

Arturo Fernandez
Obscura Nox: Plato meets Mozart and Iman Habibi in remarkable short film

Obscura Nox: Plato meets Mozart and Iman Habibi in remarkable short film

Under Mary Birnbaum's assured direction this harrowing and cerebral story moves in a refreshingly linear way. The extraordinary melding of music, voice, dance and photography, not to mention Plato's philosophical discourse, have melded in a way that leaves us artistically and emotionally sated.

John Hohmann

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