Preview: Tafelmusik and Vesuvius Ensemble make musical voyage to the Bay of Naples' sunny shores
Before joining a unified Italy in the 19th century, the Kingdom of Naples was an economic and cultural powerhouse. The city ringing the ever-threatening flanks of volcanic Mt Vesuvius became a hotbed of opera development in the 18th century. Its composers, whose company included Alessandro Scarlatti, also left a rich legacy of sacred and instrumental music.
Video: Daniel MacIvor discusses Rufus Wainwright's upcoming COC commission Hadrian
Readers might recall Musical Toronto’s John Terauds aptly expressing those here
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Ensemble Lucidarium opens window on cultural cross-pollination in 16th century Italy
Ensemble Lucidarium, based in Italy, may look and sound like one of many consorts specializing in pre-17th century music, but they are highly specialized. In May, they will celebrate the 10th anniversary of their first performance of La Istoria de Purim (The History of Purim), which revolves around the music and poetry of Jewish communities in Renaissance Italy.
Toronto filmmaker Yosif Feyginberg experiences the elusive Valery Gergiev in Mariinsky doc
A few weeks ago, I was offered a phone interview with Russian conductor Valery Gergiev, who performs at Roy Thomson Hall on Sunday with his Mariinsky Orchestra. I politely turned it down, knowing that it is easier to catch a hummingbird than this elusive artist.
ULTIMATE MAVERICK | Interview with Composer Georg Friedrich Haas: Video
By Ludwig Van on February 7, 2015
Kicking off the first a six part video interview series for Musical Toronto called Ultimate Maverick, Canadian composer, Vincent Ho sits down for an exclusive interview with the internationally renowned Austrian composer, Georg Friedrich Haas...
Interview: Caitlin Smith tries to balance personal and political in new opera about war in Afghanistan
Toronto composer Caitlin Smith is merging the two in a timely take on love of truth and fidelity to the ideals of an open society in her first opera, When This War Ends (Or, Some Questions You May Have Regarding Our Recently-Concluded Engagement in the Graveyard of Empires), a journey into the dark heart of the decade-long war in Afghanistan.
Preview: Youthful exuberance meets baroque proportion in Il giardino d'amore on Sunday
Two years ago, at the ripe age of 28, Plewniak was beginning to tire of the freelance musician’s life, criss-crossing Europe with different period-performance ensembles. So he created his own: Il giardino d’amore (the garden of love).
Q&A | 18 Questions For Jon Kimura Parker
By Ludwig Van on October 21, 2016
Renowned Canadian pianist Jon Kimura Parker answers 18 questions, including his the best and worst things about being a musician, his role models, and his default cocktail of choice.
Preview: Against the Grain's 'indie opera' take on Benjamin Britten's Turn of the Screw
It opens on Thursday for a four-performance run at University of Toronto’s Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse.