SCRUTINY | Canadian Opera Company's Re-imagined Turandot Combines Remarkable Singing With Unconventional Staging
By Joseph So on September 30, 2019
Robert Wilson's 21st-century interpretation of Turandot at the Canadian Opera Company is intriguing to be sure, but is it still Puccini?
SCRUTINY | Coal Mine Delivers Challenging, Provocative Theatrical Experience In Season Opener ‘Knives In Hens’
By Paula Citron on September 28, 2019
Season opener Knives in Hens is quintessential Coal Mine fare because it is challenging, substantive, provocative and dark.
SCRUTINY: Powerful Performances And Intelligent Programming Elevate TSO’s Evening Of Brahms And Strauss
The TSO shines under guest conductor Donald Runnicles in a program of Brahms and Strauss, with special note — and a standing ovation — for oboe soloist Sarah Jeffrey.
SCRUTINY | Superb Performances And Intelligent Writing Bring Two Icons To Life In ‘Piaf/Dietrich’
By Paula Citron on September 27, 2019
Louise Pitre and Jayne Lewis embody the iconic characters, their magic, and their complicated relationship in the Mirvish production of ‘Piaf/Dietrich — A Legendary Affair’
LEBRECHT LISTENS | Jan Lisiecki Offers A Daringly Restrained Approach That Yields Gold On Deutsche Grammophon Recording
Lisiecki, as pianist and conductor, is a guide one would trust anywhere in the herbaceous maze of Beethoven’s barely penetrable mind.
SCRUTINY | Stellar Writing And Terrific Performances Give Tarragon Theatre A Giant Hit With ‘Yaga’
By Paula Citron on September 26, 2019
In her latest play, Yaga, Kat Sandler takes on the most famous and scary of Slavic folktale characters, and, in the process, has given Tarragon another giant hit.
SCRUTINY | Splendid Voices Augur Well For New COC Season In Ensemble Studio Concert
By Joseph So on September 21, 2019
After a summer of slim pickings regarding opera in the GTA, the lyric season is once again upon us. As a starter, the COC is introducing its new edition of the Ensemble Studio in a noon hour concert at the opera house. In its nearly forty-year history, the Ensemble Studio has nurtured many a Canadian talent, with many going on to significant careers.
SCRUTINY | Margaret Trudeau Charms In Candid Autobiographical ‘A Certain Woman Of An Age’
By Paula Citron on September 21, 2019
For ninety minutes, the charming Trudeau reveals the good, the bad and the ugly, and it is compelling stuff with name-dropping galore and delicious insider tidbits. Yet at all times Trudeau is direct, honest and open, and that is how she wins our hearts and minds.
SCRUTINY | Storgards And Barbara Hannigan Impress In TSO Season Launch With Beethoven, Dutilleux, Haydn, Sibelius
There is nothing quite like the atmosphere of anticipation which can greet a symphony orchestra's new concert season. The Toronto Symphony Orchestra launched its 2019-2020 classical concert series Thursday night and, to cut to the heart of it, the concert was sterling in every way — an unqualified success.
LEBRECHT LISTENS | Andrey Gugnin Takes Shostakovich To Dizzying Speeds And Contemplative Heights
Gugnin, a young Russian who won a piano competition in Sydney, Australia, plays at times maddeningly fast, just to show he can. But amid the helter-skelter there are moments of tender and profound contemplation that I need to hear again and again.