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PRIMER | Johannes Debus On His New Water-Themed Music Festival, Wellington Water Week

By Joseph So on August 20, 2018

Conductor Johannes Debus chats about his inaugural music Water Week festival, and why Wellington Ontario is ripe for the sound of classical music.
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PRIMER | Calling All Toronto Art Song Lovers: Pavlo Hunka Is Back In Town

By Joseph So on August 12, 2018

For a second year, the distinguished British-Ukrainian bass-baritone Pavlo Hunka will be in Toronto to hold the Ukrainian Art Song Summer Institute.
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SCRUTINY | Santa Fe Opera’s Scintillating Candide More Timely Now Than Ever

By Joseph So on August 7, 2018

Santa Fe Opera’s first-ever Candide, highlighted by a committed cast and a Bernstein anniversary year, has an important resonance in today's political climate.
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SCRUTINY | Santa Fe Opera: A Butterfly That Offers A Refreshing Gaze On The Eternal Feminine

By Joseph So on August 2, 2018

Santa Fe Opera's Madama Butterfly revival meets the spirit of the work with great voices, a fine orchestra, and an evocative production.
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SCRUTINY | Escher String Quartet Offers A Gem Of An Opening Night At TSMF 2018

By Joseph So on July 14, 2018

Stepping in to cover the originally scheduled Borodin Quartet, the Escher String Quartet didn't skip a beat with a Russian program that brimmed with energy.
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FROM THE ROAD | Munich Opera’s New Parsifal Combines Great Musical Values With Quirky Production

By Joseph So on July 8, 2018

Ludwig Van's opera maven Joseph So reports from the 2018 Munich Opera Festival's production of Wagner's Parsifal, designed by noted German painter Georg Baselitz and directed by Pierre Audi.
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FROM THE ROAD | It Was An Edita Gruberova Love-In At The Munich Opera House

By Joseph So on July 4, 2018

Ludwig Van reports from the road at Edita Gruberova's 50th-anniversary gala concert at the National-theater at the Munich Opera House.
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CRITIC'S PICKS | 9 Classical Music Festivals You Can't Miss This Summer

By Joseph So on July 3, 2018

Classical music festivals happening in and around Toronto for the summer of 2018.
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CRITIC'S PICKS | 11 Concerts You Should Absolutely See This Week (June 18 – July 1)

By Joseph So on June 18, 2018

Classical music and opera events happening in and around Toronto for the week of June 18 – July 1.
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SCRUTINY | Opera 5's "Il Barbiere di Siviglia" Is The Fun We Were Looking For

By Joseph So on June 16, 2018

Opera 5's Barbiere has fine singing actors, deft stage direction, and most of all, a sense of fun that’s not always present with Barbiere productions of the past.
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