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HGO Carmen "the epitome of unity"

HGO Carmen "the epitome of unity"

Everything about this production went out of its way to imbue the whole with artistic cohesion and integrity, even the elements that might have seemed vaguely avant-garde out of context.

Andrew Schneider
Enigma Opera’s Curlew River a transcendent experience

Enigma Opera’s Curlew River a transcendent experience

I chose my words very carefully when I call this Curlew River a transcendent experience: I am afraid I cannot fully explain the power that this particular production had and why it had that power, but I remember leaving the Cathedral Church of St. Paul feeling somewhat transformed by the experience.

Arturo Fernandez
Installation La traviata intimate and effective production

Installation La traviata intimate and effective production

La traviata hosts what is probably opera's most well-beloved idiot plot: all of the characters make some fairly idiotic choices for the plot to progress as it does, and some characters can really come off as extremely unlikable as a result.

Arturo Fernandez
Les Délices presents Song of Orpheus: The Music Speaks For Itself

Les Délices presents Song of Orpheus: The Music Speaks For Itself

The music is beautiful and speaks for itself. French Baroque rarities by Rameau, Dandrieu and Courbois dance with subdued, exuberant and often tremulous elegance around the legend of Orpheus and Eurydice.

John Hohmann
Stephanie Blythe: "I can't help but try to connect with people."

Stephanie Blythe: "I can't help but try to connect with people."

"I've been singing Handel and Rossini and Wagner and Verdi and Schubert and Brahms my whole career. What's the difference if I'm doing that or doing Irving Berlin and Cole Porter and Johnny Mercer and Barry Manilow? It's all music and it’s all just different styles and I enjoy singing them all."

Eva Cahen
The opera buffa Seinfeld episode

The opera buffa Seinfeld episode

The whole episode is an opera, guys! The barber thing, the memorable music from The Barber of Seville, it's all very self-aware. It's even got the Rossini-style comedy devices: people hiding in closets, slapstick scenes involving Newman — Don Basilio, maybe?

Jenna Simeonov
A subtle burn: Garden of Vanished Pleasures

A subtle burn: Garden of Vanished Pleasures

Garden of Vanished Pleasures is available to stream through October 10, and you should watch before it's gone. I'd say this is one of the more mature, well-produced digital items I've seen, and I'm not really surprised that it comes out of Soundstreams.

Jenna Simeonov
BLO Cavalleria a welcome, if not triumphant, return

BLO Cavalleria a welcome, if not triumphant, return

I think the night, strangely, was best summed up by the opening act: BLO elected to open the evening with the prologue from Cavalleria's much-beloved double-bill partner, I Pagliacci, with Arrey singing Tonio's line.

Arturo Fernandez
Calgary Opera names Jonathan Brandani new Artistic Director

Calgary Opera names Jonathan Brandani new Artistic Director

The Italian-born conductor led Calgary Opera production of La bohème in 2019.

Oliver Munar
Wilson shines in the COC's digital fall opener

Wilson shines in the COC's digital fall opener

Wilson may be my new favourite interpreter of Wagner. Her Isolde did things to me, made me stop and zone in. Wilson always impresses me in her attention to detail; it's very clear that in the practice room, she has given attention to each note she sings.

Jenna Simeonov

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