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Toronto Montreal

PRIMER | Tapestry Opera’s Queerated Opera Series Is A Fresh Way to Start Your Toronto Pride

By Matthew Timmermans on June 6, 2018

If you think queer performance is limited to fancy costumes, over-the-top makeup, and lip-syncing as seen on RuPaul’s Drag Race, Tapestry Opera has a surprise for you.
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PRIMER | Why Against the Grain's Orphée+ Might Be The Most “Authentic” Opera You'll See All Year

By Matthew Timmermans on April 23, 2018

An interview with AtG’s Joel Ivany, and a look at some reasons why his approach to Orphée et Eurydice continues a lineage of adaptation over 200 years old.
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PRIMER | A Guide To Getting Ready For Donizetti’s Anna Bolena

By Matthew Timmermans on April 18, 2018

Ahead of the Canadian Opera Company's all-new production of Donizetti’s opera Anna Bolena with Sondra Radvanovsky, we give you a quick and handy guide to everything you need to know.
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PRIMER | The Overcoat Aims To Be Musical Tailoring At Its Finest

By Matthew Timmermans on March 26, 2018

Part theatre, part opera, Tapestry's new adaptation of The Overcoat aims to become a hit all over again.
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PRIMER | FAWN’s Belladonna – A Queer Techno Opera Is “Opera Spelt Backwards”

By Matthew Timmermans on March 21, 2018

“Opera spelt backwards” is how tenor Jonathan MacArthur describes Belladonna - a queer techno opera, the latest experiment by Toronto indie opera company FAWN Chamber Creative.
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SCRUTINY | U of T Opera's Gershwin May Not Be The Best Fit, But Still Has A Blast

By Matthew Timmermans on March 17, 2018

Questionable repertoire aside, University of Toronto Opera's George Gershwin 'Of Thee I Sing' showcases great singing, and even makes a nod to Trump.
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EDITORIAL | Is Opera A Misogynistic Art Form, Or A Chance At Redemption?

By Matthew Timmermans on March 8, 2018

Stabbed, yelled at, beaten, treated like children, and made to go mad. Are female characters getting a fair shake against our "woke" contemporary standards?
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SCRUTINY | Super Choir Goes Big Or Goes Home With Mozart's Requiem At The University of Toronto

By Matthew Timmermans on March 6, 2018

Singers from the Ottawa Bach Choir and the York University Chamber Choir join students from the Schola Cantorum with Baroque Orchestra for a Mozart Requiem we won't soon forget.
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SCRUTINY | MYOpera Showcase A Stage For Local Talent

By Matthew Timmermans on February 20, 2018

Ludwig Van takes in our first MYOpera Performance Intensive Showcase with six up and coming local opera singers performing an eclectic program of operatic gems.
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SCRUTINY | Another Sunrise and Farewell Auschwitz Offers Dark Holocaust Humour That Makes An Impact

By Matthew Timmermans on February 15, 2018

The Electric Bond Ensemble and soprano Sara Schabas make a powerful first impression with the premiere of two original mini-operas on Holocaust.
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