05 April 2019

The TSO’s Best of Hollywood

By // Music

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra is world-class and their recent infusion of young new players really livens things up down at Roy Thomson Hall (always a fun venue to visit). I’m …

07 March 2019

Musician Spotlight Series: The TSO’s Kelly Zimba

By // Music

The Musician Spotlight Series shines a light on up-and-coming musicians creating heartfelt and original work across genres, giving them an opportunity to talk about their music, their collaborators, and why …

20 February 2019

The COC revisits & revises Così Fan Tutte

By // Theatre (Toronto)

Opera is sustainable when you can enjoy it without fully understanding it or taking it seriously. Few works rely on this more than Così fan tutte, which continues to entertain …

12 February 2019

COC’s Elektra Returns after Twelve Years

By // Theatre (Toronto)

The Canadian Opera Company’s latest production of Elektra opened up recently to warm us right up, piercing through the snow. The Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts was abuzz …

14 May 2018

The COC’s Spring: Short Fables & Anna Bolena

By // Theatre (Toronto)

The eclectic pairing of a visually ambitious but narratively light 20th century Russian mixed bill directed with theatrical ambition and a rich Italian bel canto full-length narrative with restrained character-focused …

05 April 2018

On Stage in TO: Song&Dance

By // Theatre (Toronto)

The Overcoat: a musical tailoring (Canadian Stage with Tapestry Opera & Vancouver Opera) This new opera is a strong achievement for Tapestry- a smallish contemporary opera company that suffers for …

29 March 2018

Nominee Interview Series: Marcelo Puente

By // Theatre (Toronto)

Before we announce the winners of the 2017 MyEntWorld Critics’ Pick Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series. Argentine tenor Marcelo Puente’s rich and nuanced voice stood out in the …

23 March 2018

Nominee Interview Series: Markus Marquardt

By // Theatre (Toronto)

Before we announce the winners of the 2017 MyEntWorld Critics’ Pick Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series. German bass-baritone…

17 February 2018

Problematic Systematic Operatic

By // Theatre (Toronto)

The Canadian Opera Company’s current season is an intriguing examination of a problem from two angles. On one hand, they’re presenting their Rigoletto, last seen not-so-long-ago in 2011. It’s an …

10 December 2017

The National Ballet’s Nijinsky: a multi-cast review

By // Theatre (Toronto)

Beginning and ending with the last performance of Vaslav Nijinsky, widely considered one of the greatest dancers of the twentieth century, choreographer John Neumeier’s “biography of the soul” is a …

18 October 2017

On Stage in TO: Family Matters

By // Theatre (Toronto)

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (National Theatre presented by Mirvish Productions) I saw the UK’s National Theatre production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in …

27 June 2017

Luminato 2017: Bearing

By // Theatre (Toronto)

This dance-opera conceived and designed by co-directors Michael Greyeyes and Yvette Nolan and librettist Spy Denommé-Welch investigates the emotional history and contemporary cultural significance of Canada’s residential school system. The …

13 May 2017

The COC’s Tosca

By // Theatre (Toronto)

The lights go down, the famous crashing motif begins and the curtain immediately flies up to reveal the chapel of a massive Roman church, into which an escaped prisoner appears, …

05 May 2017

The COC’s Louis Riel

By // Theatre (Toronto)

There are a few refreshing intellectual, social, and theatrical ideas in Peter Hinton‘s new production of Harry Sommers’ 1967 Canadian history opera Louis Riel. The judgemental chorus seated high in …

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