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SCRUTINY | Sir Andrew Davis And The TSO Offer Rare Treat In Massenet’s Thaïs

By Stephan Bonfield on November 8, 2019

The TSO, under the baton of Sir Andrew Davis, the Toronto Mendselssohn Choir, and a talented cast of singers, treat Toronto to a lively, nuanced performance in the nineteenth-century French grand opera tradition.
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SCRUTINY | Russian Pianist Denis Matsuev Dazzles In Impressive Program Of Liszt And Tchaikovsky

By Stephan Bonfield on October 18, 2019

Matsuev knew when to take his time and when to dazzle with speed in this impressive return to the Toronto stage for the renowned Russian virtuoso.
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SCRUTINY | Against The Grain's La Bohème Returns Better Than Ever As An Opera About The Poor

By Stephan Bonfield on October 12, 2019

Other opera companies had better start taking notes. Against The Grain's La Bohème redefines opera for a new generation.
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SCRUTINY | An Auspicious Start As New Musical Director Gustavo Gimeno Takes Over The TSO Podium

By Stephan Bonfield on October 10, 2019

Gustavo Gimeno brings his strong sense of rhythmic, pulsative musicality, along with a supple freedom to his new role as the TSO’s musical director in an interesting and even provocative evening of music.
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IN MEMORIAM | Jessye Norman, International Opera Icon, Dead At 74

By Stephan Bonfield on September 30, 2019

It is with great sadness that we report on the death of the great American soprano Jessye Norman, September 30, 2019.
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SCRUTINY: Powerful Performances And Intelligent Programming Elevate TSO’s Evening Of Brahms And Strauss

By Stephan Bonfield on September 28, 2019

The TSO shines under guest conductor Donald Runnicles in a program of Brahms and Strauss, with special note — and a standing ovation — for oboe soloist Sarah Jeffrey.
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SCRUTINY | Storgards And Barbara Hannigan Impress In TSO Season Launch With Beethoven, Dutilleux, Haydn, Sibelius

By Stephan Bonfield on September 20, 2019

There is nothing quite like the atmosphere of anticipation which can greet a symphony orchestra's new concert season. The Toronto Symphony Orchestra launched its 2019-2020 classical concert series Thursday night and, to cut to the heart of it, the concert was sterling in every way — an unqualified success.
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SCRUTINY | Tapestry Opera's Shanawdithit A Missed Opportunity

By Stephan Bonfield on May 17, 2019

Tapestry Opera's latest co-production with Opera on the Avalon had all the signs of success, but a dragging narrative, mismatched score, and lack of imagination keep this profound story from resonating.
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SCRUTINY | Last Minute Replacement Saves The Day At The Toronto Symphony

By Stephan Bonfield on April 18, 2019

In the wake of yet another conductor abruptly dropping out due to illness from a major TSO event, Matthew Halls steps in to score a triumph with Mahler's Resurrection Symphony.
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SCRUTINY | Kerem Hasan Makes His Toronto Symphony Debut With An Eroica For Our Times

By Stephan Bonfield on April 11, 2019

UK conductor Kerem Hasan makes his short notice Canadian debut at the TSO with Beethoven's epic pathbreaking Symphony No. 3 “Eroica”.
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