FEATURE REVIEW | Letters From Berlin: Die ägyptische Helena and Die Liebe der Danae (Deutsche Oper)
By Joseph So on April 14, 2016
Part two of a report from the Richard Strauss-Woche in the Deutsche Oper by Joseph So.
SCRUTINY | Santa Fe Opera: A Butterfly That Offers A Refreshing Gaze On The Eternal Feminine
By Joseph So on August 2, 2018
Santa Fe Opera's Madama Butterfly revival meets the spirit of the work with great voices, a fine orchestra, and an evocative production.
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.
Canadian Opera Company competition nets three new voices for Ensemble Studio
The Canadian Opera Company’s second annual Ensemble Studio Competition held Thursday night yielded three new members for the young performers’ apprenticeship programme, each of them bearing a cash prize to sweeten the moment.
THE SCOOP | Alexander Neef Extends Contract With COC And Posts Modest Surplus
The COC extends contract for General Director Alexander Neef through 2025/26 and posts a modest $11,000 surplus.
THE VOICE | Canadian Opera Company Unveils a 2015/16 Season Full of Firsts
By Neil Crory on January 16, 2015
On Wednesday evening the Canadian Opera Company announced its 2015-2016 season in Grand Opera style. No exclusive little cocktail party for a handful of press here – instead General Director, Alexander Neef went straight to his public and pulled out all the stops. Over a 90 minute programme he offered the crowd of over 1700 an 'event' overflowing with informal chat, Q & As, video segments, interviews, live music, surprise guest singers, a full orchestra conducted by COC Music Director, Johannes Debus - and the complete Act II finale of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro. Brent Bambury, the affable CBC Radio One host, functioned as moderator and kept the various elements moving along in a quick and orderly fashion. With the massive set for Richard Wagner's Die Walküre in the background, all that was missing was the chorus...
THE SCOOP | Opera Atelier Co-Artistic Directors Awarded Order Of Canada
Opera Atelier founding Co-Artistic Directors Marshall Pynkoski and Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg have been appointed to the Order of Canada.
Opera Hamilton to present Falstaff and Carmen for 2013-14 season
First up is Giuseppe Verdi’s great, final opera Falstaff. The excellent cast includes John Fanning in the title role, James Westman, Lyne Fortin, Ariana Chris, Sasha Djihanian and American tenor Theo Lebow. The director is Allison Grant. There will be four performances, starting Oct. 19.
THE SCOOP | Opera 5 Names Jessica Derventzis As Artistic Director
Former teacher, and current emerging stage director and dramaturge Jessica Derventzis steps in as new Artistic Director at Opera 5.