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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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SCRUTINY | Toronto Symphony Goes In Pistols Blazing With Gemma New

By Stephan Bonfield on March 10, 2019

Conductor Gemma New makes her TSO debut with Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony and keeps it open enough to let your imagination run wild.
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SCRUTINY | Toronto Symphony And Youth Orchestra Make For A Fine Pair

By Stephan Bonfield on February 7, 2019

The sound matched the thrill with players from the TSO and Youth Orchestra performing as one, in a program of Brahms and Dvorák.
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SCRUTINY | Tapestry Opera's Hook-Up Underscores Rape Culture With Disturbing Clarity

By Stephan Bonfield on January 31, 2019

Tapestry Opera takes a bold step with a new musical Hook Up, a ninety-minute story centred around toxic on-campus date rape culture.
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SCRUTINY | TSO Delivers Serviceable Sibelius But Stravinsky Steals The Show

By Stephan Bonfield on January 11, 2019

The Toronto Symphony takes the chill off a cold, blowy January night with Sibelius Second Symphony and Kurt Weill's charming cabaret with violinist Leila Josefowicz, visiting conductor Ludovic Morlot.
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THE SCOOP | In The Spirit Of Handel's Messiah, Tafelmusik Gives Back With Charity Event

By Stephan Bonfield on December 10, 2018

Tafelmusik's 2018 partnership with CBC Sounds of the Season and Daily Bread Food Bank benefits families in need and goes straight to the heart of Messiah's message of compassion and generosity, hope and faith.
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SCRUTINY | Echo Chamber Toronto Transforms The Night

By Stephan Bonfield on December 3, 2018

There is a new and powerful musical voice on Toronto's polymath artistic landscape. Echo Chamber Toronto.
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SCRUTINY | We Came For Boléro But Stayed For City Noir

By Stephan Bonfield on November 22, 2018

While Ravel's Bolero was eaten up by a cavernous Roy Thomson Hall, it was the TSO's performance of John Adams' retro-styled City Noir that won us over.
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