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Opera review: Wagner's Tristan und Isolde share uneasily with 21st century video doubles

By John Terauds on January 30, 2013

Although Wagner acolytes will take in anything by their beloved composer, asking an ordinary opera fan to sit in a theatre for five-and-a-half hours (including two overlong intermissions) demands a big reward in return.
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COFFEE BREAK | Meet the World's Youngest Opera Critic

By Ludwig Van on September 27, 2015

Extraordinary 6-year-old, Iain Armitage considers opera his playground.
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Jan 30: Toronto classical concert highlights for the next seven days

By John Terauds on January 30, 2012

These concert highlights are just the tip of this week’s musical iceberg in Toronto:
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Carlo Bergonzi (1924 - 2014)

By Michael Vincent on July 26, 2014

Bergonzi was best known for his interpretation of Verdi’s operas, and was responsible for reviving a number of his lesser-known works. He had an extraordinary attention to detail, and his smooth crooning legato, and warm delivery was admired the world over.
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Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio member Philippe Sly takes first prize in Montreal International Voice Competition (updated)

By John Terauds on June 6, 2012

The first prize also comes with a career development package.
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EXCLUSIVE | In Comes The Understudy: A star is born...

By Neil Crory on February 8, 2015

The Canadian Opera Company lost its star tenor, Clifton Forbis, yesterday due to illness. He was scheduled to sing the demanding role of Siegmund in the 4:30 performance of Richard Wagner's Die Walküre. Fortunately the COC had engaged the young American tenor, Issachah Savage, as the 'cover' for the COC's run of seven performances. Yesterday Savage sang the third performance and, in so doing, has secured his reputation as a major contender for star status among dramatic tenors worldwide...
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Benjamin Britten at 100 Part VIII: Initial failure of Gloriana obscured brilliant operatic craft

By John Terauds on April 14, 2013

The opera went down as one of Britten’s few disasters.
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THE SCOOP | 2015 Dora Mavor Moore Awards Announced

By Michael Vincent on June 1, 2015

The 26th annual Dora Mavor Moore Award nominees have been announced, with the COC in the lead for a total of 29 nominations in the opera division.
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SCRUTINY | Tapestry Briefs: A Smorgasbord Of Opera

By Matthew Timmermans on December 4, 2017

Tapestry Briefs made us ask ourselves: what do we want from a new opera at the community level? We think they've come up with a with a good answer.
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The killing of Semele: Can art afflict the comfortable without maiming itself?

By John Terauds on May 10, 2012

But sometimes it’s necessary, as is the case with the Canadian Opera Company’s Semele, a slick, gloriously sung production that jabs a directorial spear through its otherwise vigorous heart.
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