Interview: Pianomaker Paolo Fazioli on the fine art of perfecting sound from a 150-year-old instrument
Toronto has been no exception to an international shakedown that has seen inexpensive Chinese- and Indonesian-built pianos take over the heart of the market for upright and small grand pianos — the kinds of pianos regular people have in their living rooms and buy for their talented children.
SCRUTINY | Glenn Gould School Vocal Showcase Strong, But Weak On Recital Etiquette
The Glenn Gould School presented its young singers in a vocal showcase last weekend. Although there were clearly some singers in need of more coaching and polish, there also was some promising talent.
Opera review: Canadian Opera Company freights Lucia di Lammermoor with piles of subtext
It had been nearly 10 years since the COC last presented this 1835 bel canto masterpiece by Gaetano Donizetti — with a libretto by Salvatore Cammarano adapted from The Bride of Lammermoor by Sir Walter Scott. Musically, it was worth the wait.
Interview: Bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni ready to stand alongside Michael Schade at Roy Thomson Hall
German bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff was originally supposed to join Schade on stage at Roy Thomson Hall on Friday night. But nagging health problems prompted Quasthoff, one of the most respected singers of his generation, to say auf wiedersehen to concert life earlier this year.
Toronto Symphony Orchestra quietly extends music director Peter Oundjian's contract to 2017
Oundjian’s second contract with the orchestra was scheduled to expire at the end of the 2013-14 season. I am told that the musicians were told about the news only in response to pointed questions about the conductor’s future.
SCRUTINY | Opera Atelier's Medea One Of The Best Operas Of The Season
Opera Atelier's Media is the product of astonishing creative imagination and nothing less than a masterful artistic synthesis.
Interview: For Soundstreams conductor Leslie Dala, discovery is what engages him with music
Leslie Dala grew up and studied in Toronto, but he has built his career largely on the West Coast. We get a rare chance to see him in action on old-home turf on Tuesday night at Koerner Hall as he leads Soundstreams’ Music for China programme.
Lang Lang joins Toronto designer Rosemarie Umetsu's list of best-dressed musical stars
Umetsu is about to celebrate her ascent to the top rung of the world’s best-dresser list with the imminent announcement that Chinese piano superstar Lang Lang has chosen to wear her designs for all of his public appearances.
Summer music festivals: Highlights for the week of July 23
So far this year, artistic director Douglas McNabney has shown impeccable judgment in his choice of performers for the seventh Toronto Summer Music Festival.