PRIMER | Why Against the Grain's Orphée+ Might Be The Most “Authentic” Opera You'll See All Year
An interview with AtG’s Joel Ivany, and a look at some reasons why his approach to Orphée et Eurydice continues a lineage of adaptation over 200 years old.
SCRUTINY | Letters From Munich: Die Zauberflöte @39 And Still Magical
By Joseph So on July 16, 2017
Munich Opera presented a solid, authentic performance; however, circumstances posed problems to realising this endeavor for the 21st century.
SCRUTINY | 'I Call myself Princess' Takes Back An Opera From Cultural Appropriation
By Paula Citron on September 20, 2018
"I Call myself Princess" brings back the memory of Indigenous opera singer Tsianina Redfeather by embracing the present time in all its complexities.
Big afternoon for armchair opera lovers today
- At 1 p.m., CBC radio 2’s Saturday Afternoon at the Opera broadcasts Verdi’s Ernani, which is not heard all that often. A strong cast includes young soprano Angela Meade as Elvira and baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Don Carlo. Marco Armiliato conducts. (For the more outgoing, Cineplex is offering the live, high-definition cinema broadcast in its usual opera theatres, starting at 12:55 p.m.)
- At 2:15 p.m., medici.tv is providing a free, live high-definition webcast of Renée Fleming’s operatic début as Ariadne, in Richard Strauss’s Ariadne Auf Naxos, from the Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden. Conducting is the fabulous Christian Thielemann. For more information, click here. (The performance should remain free for streaming on the site, starting tomorrow or Monday.)
THE SCOOP | Against the Grain Go Baroque For The 2017–18 Season
Toronto’s Against the Grain Theatre has announced the long-awaited details on their 2017–18 season this afternoon, including two surprises that we didn't see coming.
THE SCOOP | Benjamin Bowman Named Concertmaster Of Metropolitan Opera
The Metropolitan Opera announced violinist Benjamin Bowman as one of two concertmaster chairs through 2017–18.
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.
Rest of the world finally gets in on fellowship of the Met's controversial Ring
The $16 million production, in gestation, development and gradual deployment for nearly eight years, has become a fulcrum for every major issue surrounding the world of opera, in particular the debate over what it means to keep the artform relevant and alive in a world of awash in distractions.
Opera review: Opera 5 veers from chaos to wonder with Spanish works at Gallery 345
Opera 5, a group of young professionals with interesting ideas, close their first, three-production season with rare (for Toronto) Spanish-language one-act operas — El retablo de maese Pedro by Manuel de Falla and Goyescas by Enrique Granados — at Parkdale’s intimate Gallery 345.