Even if it feels like something less than a full-blooded opera, The Overcoat is a brilliant theatrical enterprise that can be appreciated for the virtuosity with which Panych (also the director) enlivens the stage.
With the Oundjian era coming to an end, the TSO rethinks decades-long programming initiatives but adds more gender-balanced guest conductors. Still no hints on a potential successor to Peter Oundjian as music director.
One of the good things about January in the GTA is the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s annual Mozart festival. It got off to a spirited start Wednesday in Roy Thomson Hall under the direction of our winter Mozart-meister, Bernard Labadie.
In the age of sexed-up and dumbed-down Messiahs, it is good to be reminded how utterly self-refreshing Handel’s masterpiece is when addressed by the right personnel under a conductor with something to say.