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SCRUTINY | Toronto Symphony Remembers With A Moving Tribute To The Wastes Of War

By Stephan Bonfield on November 9, 2018

Under the baton of Bramwell Tovey, the TSO reminded us why Britten's War Requiem commands respect at their annual Remembrance Day concert Thursday night.
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SCRUTINY | Opera Atelier's Actéon And Pygmalion Is A Sight For Sore Eyes

By Stephan Bonfield on October 26, 2018

Opera Atelier's mixed bill delivers lovely evening's dance and singing amid tribute to choreographer Jeanette Lajeunesse Zingg.
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SCRUTINY | The Return of Ulysses Marks A Major Departure For Opera Atelier

By Stephan Bonfield on April 20, 2018

Instead of being called The Return of Ulysses, the opera ought to have been called The Virtue of Penelope.
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SCRUTINY | Mariinsky Orchestra Invades Toronto In A Night To Remember

By Stephan Bonfield on November 12, 2017

Gergiev and the finely-toned, muscular Mariinsky Orchestra buzzed into town for a program of Russian music backed by powerhouse Russian pianist Denis Matsuev.
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SCRUTINY | Opera Atelier’s Theatrical Marriage Of Figaro Calls The Right Tune

By Stephan Bonfield on November 1, 2017

Here we have the perfect Figaro — supremely sung, breathtakingly danced and with spot-on acting.
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SCRUTINY | National Ballet's Streetcar Named Desire Stands the Test of Time

By Stephan Bonfield on June 8, 2017

Each of us has known trauma in our many relationships with others. But it takes a John Neumeier to show exactly what that looks like and the brilliance of the National Ballet to perform it.
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SCRUTINY | Opera Atelier's Medea One Of The Best Operas Of The Season

By Stephan Bonfield on April 25, 2017

Opera Atelier's Media is the product of astonishing creative imagination and nothing less than a masterful artistic synthesis.
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SCRUTINY | National Ballet's Mixed Program A Blend Of Comedy And Sober Studies

By Stephan Bonfield on April 1, 2017

National Ballet of Canada presents a balanced evening of varied dance styles to complement the most eclectic palette.
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DANCE | National Ballet's Prickly Cacti Makes A Surreal Appearance (review)

By Stephan Bonfield on March 13, 2016

The National Ballet of Canada unveiled its springtime ballet grab-bag Wednesday night, consisting of two well-known Balanchine neo-classical works, The Four Temperaments and Rubies, followed by a third, substantially more prickly piece by the prolific Alexander Ekman, titled Cacti.
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DANCE | National Ballet's La Sylphide Brings History To Life

By Stephan Bonfield on March 11, 2016

The National Ballet of Canada closed its run of choreographer Johan Kobborg's La Sylphide last week in what proved to be a sensational series of seven beautifully new, re-enlivened performances. It was my decided good fortune to attend three of them in order to take in this earliest repertoire piece of pointe ballet, but especially to take advantage of a supreme learning opportunity.
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