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There are two new productions running at the COC; a fun Così fan tutte with Sir Thomas Allen, Tracy Dahl and a fabulous quartet of lovers and an inriguing, Kennedy era, Un ballo in maschera with a superb performance by Adrienne Pieczonka. I also got out to York Uni to see The Beggar's Opera and to UoT to see works by student composers. There were recitals by Tracy Dahl and the COC Ensemble Studio and I wrote a bit of a rant about misconceptions about modern/contemporary music.

Into 2014

Jan. 5th, 2014 10:34 am
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2014 kicked off with my annual physical because nothing says "Happy New Year" like a finger up one's arse.  I seem to be in reasonably good shape bar this cough that won't go away and rather high blood pressure.  Those two mean I have the bumper fun bag of inhalers and meds to work with for the time being.  Also I'm being good about exercising again (so far).

Work now includes a rather intimidating strategy project on top of everything else but no definitive word about my future post March 30th.

Recent DVD reviews include Busoni's Doktor Faustus; a christmas present from the lemur, a rather unthrilling Elektra from Baden-Baden and Puccini's Il Trittico from the Royal Opera House.  Live performances are a bit thin on the ground right now but I'll kick into high gear on January 18th when COC starts up again with Così fan tutte.  I'm hoping to interview Sir Thomas Allen ahead of the premier.

Otherwise it's snow, freezing rain and arctic temperatures.

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The COC announces its first new opera project since 1999. Rufus Wainwright gets another go at writing an opera.  My take, and better, the comments on my take are here.  I also liked Peter Tiefenbach's tweet.  "Neef hat der Ihrfisch gesprungen".

Also two more DVD reviews; a rather unsatisfactory Tristan und Isolde and a very good Turn of the Screw.

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DVD review of Christof Loy's production of Die Frau ohne Schatten which could hardly be more different from the Wernicke production at the Met.

Blu-ray review of Jake Heggie's rather excellent Moby Dick at San Francisco Opera.

The COC Ensemble Studio competition gala
at the Four Seasons Centre last night.

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Back to the Four Seasons Centre again last night for a second look at Peter Grimes.  This time with Ben Heppner in the title role.  More...
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The DVD recording of Robert Carsen's production of Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream is rather good and features a very green David Daniels.  In other Carsen news, I was back at the Four seasons centre on Friday night to take a second look at his production of Poulenc'e Dialogues des Carmélites.
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Last night I attended the Quilico Awards at the Four Seasons Centre.  The singers of the COC Ensemble Studio were competing for cash prizes.  More...
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Robert Carsen's production of Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmélites which opened last night at the Four Seasons Centre is compelling theatre.  More...
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Yesterday's lunchtime concert saw members of the COC Ensemble Studio performing French chansons, mainly by Poulenc.  Appropriately enough this was the day after my first French class for 23 years.  More...
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David Alden's production of Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor is creepy.  More...


Apr. 21st, 2013 05:26 pm
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Atom Egoyan's production of Strauss' Salome opened at Canadian Opera company this afternoon.  It's rather good.  More...
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Back to the Four Seasons Centre last night to see the main cast of La clemenza di Tito in the last show of the run.  More...
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It's not a good sign when critics I respect leave the theatre muttering about needing a stiff drink.  More...
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This morning's COC season announcement press conference had a special little wrinkle.  Sir Thomas Allen will make his COC debut next year.  I've been chatting with the Durham alumni person for Toronto and we are going to see if we can make some sort of event happen.
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Yesterday saw the first concert of the year by members of the COC Ensemble Studio and today saw the announcement of six singers who will join the programme for the 2013/14 season.
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500 performances for an opera is a big deal.  500 performances for a Canadian opera that premiered in 2001 is remarkable.  Last night I attended the 500th performance of Dean Burry's opera for children; The Brothers GrimmMore...
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Last night I was fortunate enough to be a guest of the COC at the second annual COC Studio Ensemble competition in which ten of Canada's best young singers compete for cash prizes and a coveted place in the Ensemble Studio.  More...
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My review of the 2007 La Scala La Traviata is up over at the other place. Also, the next episode of the COC Big Podcast is available at the COC website and on iTunes.
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Elsa van der Heever, Elena Manistini, Russell Braun, Ramón Vargas; with a cast like that the COC's Il Trovatore ought to have been great but it was rather let down by Charles Roubaud's dull production. More...

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