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Preview: Toronto Symphony Orchestra presents two nights of Spanish passion in opera La vida breve

By John Terauds on October 31, 2012

The opera, which is barely longer than an hour, is as much about the music as the story itself — a doomed love affair between Salud, a Gypsy woman, and the wealthy Paco, a two-timing jerk who hangs her out to die on their supposed wedding day. The score bursts with the sounds of Andalusia, and includes parts for a Flamenco dancer, cantaor and guitarist on top of the seven-person cast and a chorus (which is being sung by the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir).
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SCRUTINY | COC’s Ring Journey Concludes With A Musically Sublime Götterdämmerung

By Joseph So on February 3, 2017

Canadian Opera Company's down-to-earth Götterdämmerung consigns the conclusion of Canada's first and only Ring Cycle.
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Critic's picks: Toronto concerts and opera May 6 to 12

By John Terauds on May 6, 2013

  • New Music 101 at the Elizabeth Beeton Auditorium, Toronto Reference Library, 7 p.m. Free admission.
This year’s fourth and final concert-chat exploring new music in Toronto features two of the city’s younger groups: the Toy Piano Composers and JunctQín Keyboard Collective, both of which have been putting together some very interesting concerts and collaborations. It’s a great opportunity to put a face to a sound — and vice versa. Details here.
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Interview underlines how opera career is about compulsion, not comfort

By John Terauds on March 30, 2012

In the interview, she complains about life on the road and how it has made her miss family milestones. She also decries the use of drugs to help singers add more performances to their calendar.
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Commentary: In the absence of substance, inanity rules

By John Terauds on August 23, 2013

I could wave the Canadian flag proudly to say that Toronto boy Robert Carsen made the list. But the feature is completely devoid of content, so much so that we are given no justification on why these people made the list, what makes each production cited noteworthy, and what separates a Bravo from a Boo.
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Against the Grain theatre founders to lead opera workshops, community outreach in Banff

By John Terauds on January 16, 2014

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SCRUTINY | Santa Fe Opera’s Romeo et Juliette a Vocal and Visual Feast

By Joseph So on August 15, 2016

With strong leads and a fresh, young Chorus, Santa Fe Opera does the bard justice with Gounod's Romeo et Juliette.
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Are Einstein on the Beach and Stewart Goodyear about experiencing art or experiencing an experience?

By John Terauds on June 4, 2012

The closer Luminato gets, the more I begin to wonder if two of this year’s big events are about transformative artistic experiences or about giving Toronto and visitors the opportunity to boast that they were able to experience the experience.
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Two CD releases show off the art of composer Camille Saint-Saëns

By John Terauds on August 14, 2012

French composer Camille Saint-Saëns, who bridged the Romantic and Modern eras thanks to an 86-year lifespan, was treated as a relic of a bygone age by his obituarists and university lecturers.
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RECORD KEEPING | Glyndebourne Makes A Case For Berlioz's Béatrice et Bénédict On Blu-ray

By Paul E. Robinson on November 4, 2017

It is the music that makes a Béatrice et Bénédict revival worthwhile and in this Glyndebourne production.
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