Soprano Suzie LeBlanc embarks on incredible voyage with poet Elizabeth Bishop
Canadian soprano Suzie LeBlanc is on a mission to reunite the real words with the possible music of Bishop’s universe. It’s a mission that has proven to be, like so many adventures, full of unexpected twists.
Podcast: Toronto pianist and composer Adam Sherkin explores intersections of water, music, poetry and visual art
I thought the best way to introduce this concert would be through Sherkin’s own words, as well as hearing his own fingers on the piano keys.
Interview: 'Avoid success at all costs,' cautions pianist and conductor Gregory Oh
“My students are so much more knowledgeable about new music than I am,” says Oh, who has led a small-ensemble course at University of Toronto for the past eight years. He is afraid that he’s getting set in his ways, of not being on the cutting edge anymore.
INTERVIEW | A Passion For Music: The Birth Of The Kandinsky Collective
By Joseph So on August 23, 2017
Five musicians from the Toronto area converge to celebrate their common passion, in spite of their disparate life journeys.
Interview: Tenor Stephen Costello blames his trumpet teacher for a blossoming opera career
Costello sings the role of Edgardo in Gaetano Donizetti’s musically florid take on a Gothic horror story by Sir Walter Scott. This production, which comes to us from English National Opera in London, is directed by David Alden and stars equally young-and-talented American soprano Anna Christy as Lucia.
MAJOR CHORDS | Prize Song: The New Art Song Competition Of Concours Musical International de Montreal 2018
By Joseph So on May 16, 2018
James Norcop chats with Ludwig Van about bringing art song competition to Canada with Concours Musical International de Montreal (CMIM).
Competitions: If you can't beat 'em, blow 'em away, says Toronto Summer Music guest Dong-Suk Kang
When the South Korean was trying to establish a career in the West in the 1970s, he competed as much as he was able, winning enough prestigious prizes to get noticed by orchestras and concert presenters. Now, as a veteran of the concert stage and recording studio, he is frequently invited to adjudicate.
PROFILE | Opera Atelier's New Dido: Wallis Giunta
By Joseph So on October 18, 2016
This week we profile mezzo-soprano Wallis Giunta as she sheds light on her upcoming role debut as Dido in Opera Atelier's production of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas.
Tonight: Cellist Matt Haimovitz prefers to play it eclectic on stage and in the studio
Cellist Matt Haimovitz gets his kicks out of mixing it up, playing Arcade Fire at a pop-up concert one day, then restringing his instrument with gut strings to play period Beethoven the next. For tonight’s Toronto visit with the Ontario Philharmonic at Koerner Hall, he reaches into the heart of the repertoire with Ernest Bloch’s Schelomo.
Nuit Blanche's heavenly guest is Harpist Sylvain Blassel and his magical Goldberg Variations
By John Terauds on September 29, 2012
Just as Glenn Gould proved to the world that J.S. Bach’s immortal Aria and interlinked variations, written for a two-manual harpsichord, could be played on a single, 88-key modern keyboard, Blassel proved to the world five years ago that it could be done on a concert harp’s 47 strings.