FEATURE | Maria Callas In Toronto – A Night On The Town
By Neil Crory on October 15, 2014
"Maria Callas Is Coming!" trumpeted one newspaper headline a few days before the Greek-American soprano was to make her highly anticipated Toronto debut on October 21, 1958. Vocally, the diva was at the peak of her game and the height of her celebrity, so it is perhaps not surprising that an estimated 5,000 to 6,000 opera fans gathered to hear her perform in the cavernous Maple Leaf Gardens - home not only to the Maple Leafs, but also to New York's Metropolitan Opera on tour. So dense were the crowds of fans, the Toronto Daily Star reported, that when she appeared, police had to drive a path through the cheering throngs...
CHECK IN | Is Urbański Still A TSO Maybe?
The charismatic conductor Krzysztof Urbański is a credible choice as a possible successor to the throne as Artistic Director at the Toronto Symphony. But with everyone's lips firmly sealed, we ask, is he still a contender?
SCHMOPERA | Are You Still an Artist If You Can't Make a Living?
In the last few weeks, a recurring topic has come up among my artist friends. The crux of the issue can actually be boiled down to one question: are you still an artist if you can't survive on your artist income?...
HANGOUTS | Sarah Slean's Favourite Toronto Hotspots
Ludwig Van spends an afternoon with Sarah Slean to chat about her favourite local hangouts and why she loves them so.
THE SCOOP | Powering On: R. Murray Schafer Works Through A Major Health Challenge
Composer R. Murray Schafer writes string quartet inspired by his personal struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.
FEATURE | Messiah Follies: Inside Stories About Performing Handel's Ultimate Masterpiece
By Brian Chang on December 6, 2016
Short interviews with Choristers who have sung Messiah over the years under unique, sometimes hilarious circumstances.
FEATURE | It's Time to Talk About the Stigma Surrounding Musicians' Injuries
By Robin Roger on February 17, 2017
A look at performers and the practitioners who treat them, as well as the stigma connected to acknowledging injury in professional performance.
FEATURE | Bicycle Opera Project Pedals Hard To The Finish
Bicycle Opera Project cycles back home to Toronto this weekend, capping off their Ontario-wide performance tour of Sweat.
FEATURE INTERVIEW | A Cape Breton Summer: The Bells Of Baddeck
By Joseph So on June 28, 2016
The Bells of Baddeck: Soprano/Voice Teacher/Librettist/Producer Lorna Macdonald talks about her labour of love.