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BANFF | Scrutiny: Kopernikus Heralds Opera In The 21st Century

By Lev Bratishenko on July 10, 2017

Breaking from past settings of Mozart, Joel Ivany and Against the Grain have reconfigured Kopernikus for a new operatic headspace.
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SCRUTINY | Chicago Lyric Opera's "Les Troyens" Five Hours Of Epic Rage

By Lev Bratishenko on November 29, 2016

Lyric Opera of Chicago's timely company premiere of Les Troyens an immense accomplishment.
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SCRUTINY | New York City Opera's "Fallujah" Explores The Tragic Resonance Of War

By Lev Bratishenko on November 22, 2016

Originally commissioned by the Vancouver City Opera in the 2010-12 season, "Fallujah" makes it's New York City premiere with an authentic, brutal realism exploring the emotional complexities of war.
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THE MORNING AFTER | A Poem For Opéra de Montréal's Elektra

By Lev Bratishenko on November 23, 2015

A poem as a review for Opéra de Montréal, Elektra.
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SCRUTINY | Opera de Montreal's Silent Night

By Lev Bratishenko on May 20, 2015

Opera de Montreal are ending their season with Kevin Puts’s Silent Night, a cinematically efficient opera about the Christmas truce of 1914.
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THE MORNING AFTER | Christianne Stotijn and Julius Drake Evoke of the Sounds of Spring

By Lev Bratishenko on April 14, 2015

Mezzo-soprano Christianne Stotijn and pianist Julius Drake perform a spring-like program of song at Pollack Hall.
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THE MORNING AFTER | Music That Just Is

By Lev Bratishenko on March 23, 2015

The Ladies' Morning Musical Club is the most civilized thing you can do in Montreal on a Sunday afternoon. They’ve been in continuous operation since 1892 and I have no doubt they’ll find a way to keep putting on concerts through the coming ecological apocalypse. Perhaps they will sell distilled water...
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Q&A | 6 Questions for Alexander Shelley

By Lev Bratishenko on February 23, 2015

Interview with Alexander Shelley, announced as NAC Orchestra Music Designate in October 2013.
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THE MORNING AFTER | The MET Offer Up a Dark and Bloody Iolanta / Bluebeard's Castle

By Lev Bratishenko on February 10, 2015

Wear a down parka to the Met in winter for a Slavic double-bill like Iolanta and Bluebeard’s Castle and you feel like the only caveman too stupid to club a mink. A sweet Russian lady handed me her spare with maternal concern, but if I felt any embarrassment it vanished in the dead animal’s embrace, and people stopped staring...
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THE MORNING AFTER | William Tell Brings a Riveting Spectacle to Roy Thomson Hall (Review)

By Lev Bratishenko on December 7, 2014

How do you bring a 188-member orchestra and chorus, their equipment and a dozen soloists from Italy to North America? You buy a ship, crew it, and like the Ark, stock two of every musician. Half will be eaten on the journey. Though historical precedents suggest it may be unsustainable, such extravagance was worth it. To the families of the eaten: we salute you. William Tell was a triumph.
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