INTERVIEW | Gordon Bintner Wants Onegin To Be One Of His Signature Roles
By Joseph So on October 6, 2018
Canadian Bass-Baritone Gordon Bintner chats about his return to Toronto to sing the title role in The Canadian Opera Company's production of Eugene Onegin, and the process which informs his artistic practice.
Improvising classical musicians a rare treat in Ron Davis’s Symphronica
What does it take to pull together an improvising string quartet? From what I’ve learned sitting in on the rehearsals for Ron Davis’s three Symphronica concerts at Lula Lounge — the first of which took place Sunday evening — it takes a combination of serious musicianship, affinity for different musical traditions, and an open collaborative spirit.
Interview: Composer Constantine Caravassilis evokes his way to form in Visions album
But none of that seems to have deterred Constantine Caravassilis, doctoral candidate at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music. He is the proud composer of a new album of solo piano music recorded by Christina Petrowska Quilico and just released by the Canadian Music Centre.
FIVE MINUTES | On Cutting The Musical Path With Gary Kulesha
Continuing with our interview series with Toronto-based composers, we catch up with Gary Kulesha, whose music is distinguished by astringency and internal coherency. Here's what he had to say...
Interview: Soprano Sandrine Piau came of age as singer during golden moment of interest in baroque opera
Tonight, French soprano Sandrine Piau, one of the great baroque-specialist singers of our time makes her long-overdue début in Toronto with Tafelmusik. Although she has a clean, vibrato-free sound that goes so well with the era, it is backed up with licking flames of fire, not the sweet smell of bluebells.
INTERVIEW | The Kingly Voice Of Christian Van Horn
By Joseph So on April 27, 2018
Just ahead of the opening of Canadian Opera Company's Anna Bolena, we caught up with the American bass-baritone Christian Van Horn to chat about his recent Tucker Award, dream roles, and that time he had to wear a fat suit.
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).
INTERVIEW | Rashaan Allwood — On The Waves Of An Uplifting Musical Experience
OSM Manulife Competition winner Rashaan Allwood chats about the transition from a pianist to an organist, as well as his thoughts on Cameron Carpenter, Bach, and more.
FEATURE | The Politics of Music Programming
RCM’s Mervon Mehta explains the complexities of programming today’s media-savvy classical music performers
INTERVIEW | Reflections: Douglas McNabney Bids Farewell to Toronto Summer Music Festival
By Joseph So on May 16, 2016
TSMF’s departing Artistic Director Douglas McNabney, reflects on the past and looks to the future.