Q&A | 28 Cheeky Questions For Soprano Ambur Braid
By Ludwig Van on September 15, 2018
Ahead of her performance in Rufus Wainright’s opera Hadrian in just a few weeks, Soprano Ambur Braid sat down for a few important questions, including that time she fired a gun, character flaws, and the thing that makes her the happiest.
LEBRECHT LISTENS | Saint-Saëns: Who Wore It Better — Louis Lortie Or Bertrand Chamayou?
Canadian pianist Louis Lortie and the young Frenchman Bertrand Chamayou kick off cycles of the Saint-Saëns concertos on their respective labels.
INTERVIEW | 'Maria By Callas', In Her Own Words, Makes Us Re-Think Everything We Thought We Knew About Her
The documentary, which features never before seen footage that allows Maria Callas to tell her story in her own words, is a harsh look at the realities of fame and glamour.
THE SCOOP | Luminato Festival Appoints Local Arts Producer As New Artistic Director
After the abrupt resignation of former Artistic Director Josephine Ridge this past August, Luminato Festival turns to one of their own.
10 Ways Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra Vibes With Toronto
By Ludwig Van on September 11, 2018
Whether it’s for dumplings and dim sum, Lunar New Year celebrations or the annual Dragon Boat Festival, Toronto comes together to celebrate traditional Chinese culture year-round.
PRIMER | How An Opera Singer Is Breaking Down The Barricades Around Suicide
By John Terauds on September 10, 2018
In honour of World Suicide Prevention Day on September 15, musicians across Canada are raising awareness with a continuous webcast of concerts inspired by around mental illness.
LEBRECHT LISTENS | Vilde Frang: Come For The Bartók, Stay For The Enescu
The first Bartók concerto, a youthful effusion of innocent love, is not going to change our lives. The Geroge Enescu Octet, on the other hand, might.
RECORD KEEPING | Even Yannick Nézet-Séguin Can't Make Us Love Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Rolando Villazón, and Joyce DiDonato do their best to convince us that La Clemenza di Tito is a masterpiece.
CRITIC'S PICKS | 7 Concerts You Should Absolutely See This September
By Joseph So on September 4, 2018
Labour Day marks the traditional end of summer, and for Toronto music fans, the focus turns to the start of another music season. Usually, it takes a couple of weeks for the concert calendar to fill up, but this year there are several eye-catching early events well worth attending.
THE SCOOP | Canadians Win Big At 2018 Operalia
By Joseph So on September 3, 2018
In the beautiful Teatro Nacional de Sao Carlos in Lisbon, Portugal last evening, two Canadian mezzo-sopranos were among the big winners of Operalia 2018, live streamed on the internet worldwide, on Medici TV and Facebook.