THE VOICE | Renée Fleming Turns Gold at Roy Thomson Hall
By Neil Crory on November 7, 2015
A Toronto appearance by Renée Fleming is always a welcome affair. The much admired American soprano is known – not only for her exceptional gifts as a singer – but for her generous spirit and down-to-earth manner both on and off stage.
THE VOICE | Against the Grain Theatre Goes Green and Wins Gold (Review)
This past Friday, Against the Grain Theatre (AtG) gave the final of four sold-out performances of their latest venture, Death & Desire, featuring mezzo-soprano, Krisztina Szabó, bass-baritone, Stephen Hegedus, and pianist, Topher Mokrzewski.
THE VOICE | The Toronto Consort Take Light in the Darkness (Review)
The ever resourceful The Toronto Consort outdo themselves with an engaging production of the liturgical drama, The Play of Daniel. Neil Crory reviews.
THE VOICE | COC: Lepage Landmark Double Bill Revived (Review)
Dramatically, the pairing of these two gripping psychological studies is a natural fit. Musically, however, they are light years apart. Neil Crory reviews.
THE VOICE | Canadian Opera Company Brings Creative Freshness to Barber of Seville (review)
By Neil Crory on April 18, 2015
Canadian Opera Company remounts Rossini's masterpiece, The Barber of Seville: review
THE VOICE | Voice Box/Opera In Concert Season Concludes
It seems hardly possible that Opera In Concert (now rebranded as Voice Box/Opera in Concert) marks its 41st anniversary this past season. The organization - founded by the irrepressible vocal coach and pianist, Stuart Hamilton, C.M., – made its debut on October 21, 1974 with Ambroise Thomas' Hamlet. Since then they have presented over 150 different operas - most of them true rarities...
EXCLUSIVE | In Comes The Understudy: A star is born...
By Neil Crory on February 8, 2015
The Canadian Opera Company lost its star tenor, Clifton Forbis, yesterday due to illness. He was scheduled to sing the demanding role of Siegmund in the 4:30 performance of Richard Wagner's Die Walküre.Fortunately the COC had engaged the young American tenor, Issachah Savage, as the 'cover' for the COC's run of seven performances. Yesterday Savage sang the third performance and, in so doing, has secured his reputation as a major contender for star status among dramatic tenors worldwide...
THE VOICE | Christine Goerke: This Valkyrie Rocks! (Profile)
By Neil Crory on February 6, 2015
Those who have met and/or worked with the American dramatic soprano, Christine Goerke describe her as "fun to be with", "unassuming", "down to earth", "hard working", "a real charmer" - the furthest one can get from your stereotypical, card-carrying Valkyrie...
THE VOICE | Wagner's Ring of Fire Relit
By Neil Crory on February 2, 2015
On Saturday, January 31, the Canadian Opera Company officially launched the revival of its lauded 2006 production of Richard Wagner's epic Ring Cycle with seven performances of Die Walküre at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. The production runs through February 22nd...