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Opéra de Montréal's Dead Man Walking nets glowing reviews, but we won't see it in Toronto

By John Terauds on March 12, 2013

It’s ironic that one would have to go to Montreal to hear a fine mainstage production of an English-language opera — and one whose cast is populated by English Canadians.
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Q&A | 57 Questions For Soprano Alexandra Smither

By Ludwig Van on May 25, 2017

In our latest episode of the equally feared and loved MT Questionnaire, rising young soprano Alexandra Smither shares her most intimate confessions, such as why she wishes she could whistle, and her affinity for the Hamster Dance.
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Concert review: Toronto Masque Theatre pays homage to the genius of Henry Purcell

By John Terauds on November 16, 2012

Two actors (Derek Boyes and Arlene Mazerolle), an historically informed dancer (Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière), six singers and eight instrumentalists do Purcell’s creations justice in a carefully crafted programme that lasts 2-1/2 hours with the intermission.
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Review: Christopher Alden puts bats in Canadian Opera Company Die Fledermaus belfry

By John Terauds on October 4, 2012

Make no mistake, Alden’s interpretation of Johann Strauss Jr’s most popular comic operetta — one long accepted on fine, serious opera stages everywhere — has a great concept, a brilliant set design by Allen Moyer, Constance Hoffman’s colourful costumes and some of the finest operatic lighting (by Paul Palazzo) that I’ve seen in a long time.
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THE SCOOP | Against The Grain Seeks Singers To Participate In Global Virtual Chorus

By Michael Vincent on November 21, 2017

Singers from around the world are being asked to submit videos for an innovative opera co-production involving Against the Grain Theatre, Opera Columbus, and the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.
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Opening night of Toronto Peter Grimes will not include tenor Ben Heppner

By John Terauds on October 4, 2013

The title role will be taken by American tenor Anthony Dean Griffey, who sang the dress rehearsal on Wednesday night.
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Obituary: The great baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau dead at 86

By John Terauds on May 18, 2012

Although he had retired from singing in 1992, for years afterward he continued to conduct and offer master classes, sharing a lifetime of insights with younger singers.
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Metropolitan Opera about face on reviews a victory for social media and fairness

By John Terauds on May 22, 2012

Welcome to the age of social media.
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ZERO IN | Mozart In His Soul: Meet Mauro Peter

By Joseph So on February 2, 2018

On the occasion of his North American debut, the Swiss tenor shares his thoughts on singing Mozart, hiking in the mountains, and Roger Federer.
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So where, exactly, is the Canadian Opera Company going?

By John Terauds on May 11, 2012

Faced with unfavourable reviews from Toronto’s critics for the Canadian Opera Company’s last production of the season, Handel’s Semele, the general director turned to Brooklyn Academy of Music executive producer Joe Melillo for solace, twice tweeting his assessment that, “The production is a sensational artistic achievement.”
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