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PRIMER | Why Against the Grain's Orphée+ Might Be The Most “Authentic” Opera You'll See All Year

By Matthew Timmermans on April 23, 2018

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.
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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.
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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.
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Big afternoon for armchair opera lovers today

By John Terauds on February 25, 2012

  • 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.)
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THE SCOOP | Against the Grain Go Baroque For The 2017–18 Season

By Michael Vincent on September 26, 2017

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. 
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THE SCOOP | Benjamin Bowman Named Concertmaster Of Metropolitan Opera

By Michael Vincent on June 6, 2017

The Metropolitan Opera announced violinist Benjamin Bowman as one of two concertmaster chairs through 2017–18.
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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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Rest of the world finally gets in on fellowship of the Met's controversial Ring

By John Terauds on May 5, 2012

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.
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Opera review: Opera 5 veers from chaos to wonder with Spanish works at Gallery 345

By John Terauds on April 29, 2013

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.
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Time to look at a new, made-in-Toronto tool for connecting new audiences with the performing arts

By John Terauds on April 15, 2013

The painfully unanswered question on the minds of musicians as well as classical music patrons concerned about the future of the artform is how to connect with new audiences in a world of shrunken newspapers and an underfunded public broadcaster. Will Facebook be a saviour? No. But it is one of the many new ways in which people are making connections.
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