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Q&A | 20 Questions for Aprile Millo

By Michael Vincent on November 5, 2014

After filling in for an indisposed soprano at the Metropolitan Opera in 1984, Aprile Millo got her big break as Amelia, in Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra. The reviews rolled in, calling her “the Verdi soprano we’ve all be waiting for.” Performing in over 160 performances across 15 different, she has since gone on to become one of the most essential spinto sopranos of our time. She has performed alongside Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo, Ben Heppner, Herbert von Karajan, Riccardo Muti, James Levine, and Giuseppe Sinopoli (to name a few). Franco Zeffirelli chose her as the singing voice of Elizabeth Taylor in the bio film, “Young Toscanini”. Her career has been nothing short of remarkable, and based upon a single foundation: her voice.
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Q&A | 28 Questions For Rosemarie Umetsu

By Michael Vincent on April 12, 2016

Rosemarie Umetsu answers 28 questions, including the strangest place she's ever been, and things that make Toronto a great place to live.
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FEATURE INTERVIEW | Canadian Baritone Russell Braun Shares his Thoughts on Don Giovanni

By Joseph So on January 22, 2015

Don Giovanni has always been among the most popular operas in the standard repertoire. A quick check of the statistics from the last five seasons puts it at No. 10, out of a total of 2,581 operas performed by over 900 companies worldwide. Not only is it held in the highest regard by opera lovers, and scholars, but composers the likes of Rossini, Tchaikovsky, Gounod, Flaubert and George Bernard Shaw also had nothing but praise for this dramma giacoso.
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INTERVIEW | Passion And Creativity: Conversations With Brian Finley

By Joseph So on June 3, 2016

"I’m not an aggressively bizarre composer, but I’m colourful." Composer-pianist Brian Finley chats about his new opera, The Pencil Salesman, premiering this June at The Westben Arts Festival.
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FIVE MINUTES | On Reaching Beyond With Rose Bolton

By Tyler Versluis on July 15, 2016

With this series, we push some of Toronto’s best composers to the centre stage and pry into their creative practice. This week, we meet Rose Bolton.
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Q&A | 66 Questions for James Westman

By Michael Vincent on November 4, 2015

Baritone James Westman answers 66 of life's most pressing questions, including his shoe of choice, and his favourite swearword.
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Q&A | 30 Questions for Alexander Neef

By Michael Vincent on June 2, 2015

COC general director Alexander Neef answers our 30 questions, including his favourite drink: Single malt Scotch (of course).
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Q&A | 20 Questions for Stewart Goodyear

By Michael Vincent on November 28, 2014

Just mentioning the name, Stuart Goodyear around Toronto and people perk-up. To call him a pianist really doesn't cut it. He's more of a one man phenomenon - a piano superhero of sorts. Goodyear began his training at The Royal Conservatory in Toronto, and has become a go-to soloists for orchestras around the world, including Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Montreal Symphony, Toronto Symphony Orchestra (just to name a few)...
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Q&A | 14 Questions For Peter Oundjian

By Michael Vincent on May 9, 2015

Did you know Peter Oundjian wishes he could play the Electric guitar? TSO conductor Peter Oundjian, answers our 14 questions.
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Q&A | 24 Questions For Elinor Frey

By Michael Vincent on February 17, 2016

Cellist Elinor Frey answers 24 questions, including her favourite films and the luckiest moments of her life.
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