By his own admission, Jean-Philippe Fortier-Lazure is “slightly crazy.” Is this because he’s an operatic tenor whose star is rising fast? Or because he belted out one too many Nylons tunes on family road trips from his hometown of Kitchener to Montreal? It’s hard to say, yet it’s certain that, despite the eccentricities he imagines […]
This holiday season, I entered a packed Ed Mirvish Theatre, full of couples, families, groups of friends, young, old, boys in suits, and girls in princess dresses, for a performance of Rodgers and Hammerstein‘s Cinderella. As Cinderella sings after the ball, it was “a lovely night.” If you’re looking for a groundbreaking, thought-provoking piece of theatre, this isn’t it. […]
If you want something done well, give it to a child. Clearly Allen MacInnis and Jen Shuber know this, as they’ve cast 2 charming and capable 12-year olds, David G. Black and Drew Davis, in the title role in Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang. And these kids can hold their own, even in front […]
It will surprise no one to hear that I love Anne of Green Gables. Those who know me know that I re-read it on average twice a year. Not just any one of the dozen or so copies I own . . . the same dog-eared copy I bought at a school book sale when […]
Quick… what comes to mind when you think of children and opera? If you see anything in your mind’s eye, it’s probably the image of a misbehaving, unhappy child made to join her parents at the opera. Children just don’t seem to belong at the opera, do they? Thankfully, the Canadian Opera Company (COC) doesn’t […]
La Traviata brings acclaimed Canadian bass-baritone Thomas Goerz “home” to COC ~ Arpita Ghosal
The COC’s Youth Opera Lab program is a series of interactive experiential, and multi-component events for youth ages 16-25 to experience various aspects of opera–for free.
The Heart of Robin Hood is so infectiously entertaining, we can’t stop seeing it!
A musical version of James and the Giant Peach, directed by Sue Miner is now playing at Toronto’s Young People’s Theatre until January 4.
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 […]