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Toronto Masque Theatre and Volcano Theatre a welcome presence in 2013 Dora nominations

By John Terauds on June 3, 2013

Toronto Masque Theatre’s world premiere of The Lesson of Da Ji, written by Alice Ho and Marjorie Chan, has been nominated for Outstanding New Musical/Opera — as has A Synonym for Love, the Volcano Theatre-Classical Music Consort production written by Deborah Pearson that took over the Gladstone Hotel last August.
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Charles Jennens the unsung inspiration behind George Frideric Handel's Messiah

By John Terauds on December 16, 2012

In this Toronto Messiah Climax Week — see details below — I thought it would be fun to look at the oratorio’s early days with the help of Donald Burrows’ 1991 guide to Messiah, published by Cambridge Unversity Press.
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PRIMER | Cabaret Opera That Addresses A Staggering Manifestation Of Evil, But Also Illuminates It

By Matthew Timmermans on February 8, 2018

With their first production and the Canadian premiere of Jake Heggie’s one-act operas Another Sunrise and Farewell Auschwitz, the Electric Bond Ensemble tells more than just another Holocaust story.
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Review: Christopher Alden puts bats in Canadian Opera Company Die Fledermaus belfry

By John Terauds on October 4, 2012

Make no mistake, Alden’s interpretation of Johann Strauss Jr’s most popular comic operetta — one long accepted on fine, serious opera stages everywhere — has a great concept, a brilliant set design by Allen Moyer, Constance Hoffman’s colourful costumes and some of the finest operatic lighting (by Paul Palazzo) that I’ve seen in a long time.
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Simple music of Mozart a huge challenge for both teacher and student

By John Terauds on February 23, 2012

It’s taken five weeks for me to feel like I’m starting to make connections with the 12 piano students I received from a teacher that’s taken a year’s maternity leave. Last night in particular, I was reminded again how the cliché about a teacher learning from students is so very true.
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SCRUTINY | Russell Braun's Toronto Recital An Early Season Highlight

By Joseph So on January 24, 2018

Russell Braun shines in a recital marked by thoughtful programming, a personalized touch, and heartfelt expression.
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Concert review: Dudamel and LA Phil stop by Toronto with a heavy bag of symphonies

By Michael Vincent on March 21, 2014

I often think of orchestral concert programming in terms of meal planning. Be it a simple classic French procession of dishes in the 2- or 9-course meal.
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Haul out the shoulder pads as the Royal Conservatory's new season recalls the 1980s

By John Terauds on January 21, 2014

Galway is one of the few classical musicians to have successfully bridged classical and popular music styles — much in the way that the Conservatory’s chief programmer Mervon Mehta mixes up genres at the Telus Centre’s three performance venues, including Koerner Hall.
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CD Review: Jonathan Swartz finds beguiling Bach voice with his violin

By John Terauds on March 27, 2012

JONATHAN SWARTZ
Suite Inspiration (Soundset Recordings)
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TORONTO AUDIOPHILE 5 | High End Audio Hardware For June 2017

By Anthony Kershaw on June 4, 2017

This month we have products to play your records, CD remasters from Japan, a Canadian cartridge, an all-in-one ‘Black Box’ and a dynamic but diminutive loudspeaker from Denmark.
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