No Divas-just Essential Opera

I hope they don’t take this the wrong way, but I just can’t call Erin Bardua and Maureen Batt divas. Yes, I know that they’re operatic sopranos who are also the founders of Essential Opera, a Toronto-based opera company whose mandate is to provide audiences and singers the opportunity to experience opera “at its most […]

Ma-Anne Dionisio Makes Memories in Cats

Ma-Anne Dionisio is allergic to cats. How ironic, since she’s appearing in the new Canadian production of Cats, playing perhaps the most recognizable cat in the world:  Grizabella the Glamour Cat,  who sings the signature song “Memory.”  Mind you, this isn’t the first or only time she’s had to inhabit a foreign body. The role […]

SesayArts Blog: Off to See The Wizard?

So you’re off to see the Wizard. The Wizard of Oz continues its run at the Ed Mirvish Theatre, starring an all-Canadian cast, directed by Jeremy Sams. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new stage production has been adapted from the beloved MGM movie musical, with additional music by Lloyd Webber and former writing partner Tim Rice. Just […]

SesayArts Blog: Stomp

I caught Stomp with my children last week during its limited run at the Royal Alexandra Theatre. And it was fabulous, much more than the sum of all its percussive parts: a coherent, harmonious and engrossing blend of music, movement, percussion and comedy. Sure, we heard the cacophony of rhythmic sounds from sources you’ve come […]