FEATURE | Toronto Loves To Sing: The Rise Of Choir! Choir! Choir! And Acquired Taste
What do Toronto-based string players, pianists and woodwind players do on their off days? They sing, of course.
SCHMOPERA | Can Opera Make Money?
Opera doesn't make money, it never has, and we all know it. I was recently asked about opera's economy and why opera companies have never functioned as a for-profit theatre company. The theoretical comparison was between the Canadian Opera Company and Mirvish Productions. My initial response to the question of a business model was that there was simply not enough money. Opera is expensive to put up, and expensive to maintain; Mirvish Productions was funded with Ed Mirvish's wealth, and designed to make money from its theatres and productions. As with most opera and theatre companies worldwide, the COC receives government grants, and both corporate and individual donations to supplement their revenue from ticket sales. Without that kind of support, the math simply wouldn't add up. We know this in the theatre industry; it's nothing new. So, with all the generous donors keeping opera afloat, why hasn't there been a notable attempt to invest in starting an opera company that will eventually self-sustain?
FEATURE | A Fond Farewell To Nora Shulman, A Total Pro
"My personal ambitions never went beyond maintaining my work at the highest level. That was always my goal." MT catches up with TSO Principal Flute Nora Shulman to chat about her upcoming retirement and the road ahead.
COFFEE BREAK | 15 New Rules For Arts Marketing
By Ludwig Van on December 4, 2015
15 useful tips for arts marketers working in today's rapidly changing performing arts sector.
2018 REWIND | Our Favourite Concerts Of 2018
By Ludwig Van on December 28, 2018
Ludwig van Toronto reflects on our favourite concert events of 2018.
CAPTAIN SENSIBLE | What Is The Point Of Going To An Audition You Know You Won’t Win?
The Music Audition: While it’s true that the more you take, the easier it gets, but it goes deeper than that.
HANGOUTS | Spending The Day With Jane Archibald
Anyone who thinks opera singers’ lives are all glamour, champagne and limousines should spend a day in Toronto with world-famous Canadian soprano, Jane Archibald.
EDITORIAL | Oh No No? : The Problem With Christmas Music Programming (Part One)
By Robin Roger on November 30, 2016
Christmas Music in a Multicultural World — how do non-Christian music lovers get through December? (Part One)
ON THE RADAR | Why We're Excited About Continuum's Time Travels Light This Week
Drawing from the kitchen sink: Morse code, the sounds of insects and animals, a youthful impression of California past, and visceral loneliness in the stark landscape of Iceland. How did we get here? Continuum's Ryan Scott walks us through it.