If you want something done, give it to a busy person, right? Well, this is certainly true of sought-after conductor Leslie Dala, in Toronto for Julie, a one-act chamber opera by Philippe Boesmans, currently playing at Canadian Stage. This engagement is momentous for several reasons: Julie is a contemporary work, written in 2005 and produced […]
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 […]
Writing an introduction to this interview with Roberto Rosenman has required a feat of focus. Every time I resume my research, I unearth another fascinating fact. He’s a guitarist and a composer. A graphic designer, a visual artist and a writer. And a teacher. And with each identity comes a unique website. So…where to begin, […]
“It is a wonderful and maybe a dangerous thing”: Rachel Mercer on EMIC’s just-released CD, its launch concert & their upcoming performances
Kami Van Halst has integrity to spare. And, as will soon become obvious, she doesn’t lack for grit, either. When she recently applied for a vocal-instructor job, she forthrightly pointed out that a school looking for a classical or musical theatre teacher should not hire her. Which naturally invited a conversation about who should hire […]
La Traviata brings acclaimed Canadian bass-baritone Thomas Goerz “home” to COC ~ Arpita Ghosal
Artistic Director Allen MacInnis hopes that for those who visit YPT this year for the first time, the play will resonate long after the final curtain and become a habit.
Claire Morley’s got a sweet gig. As the new Program Manager for the Canadian Opera Company’s Free Concert Series (FCS), she oversees the programming for 70-plus concerts being presented this season. Thanks to her, an estimated 15,000 people will experience the series this year. For free. Morley insists that she can’t take all the credit. […]
COC’s Summer Opera Camp, led by musical director Chris Thornborrow, is now running for the first time out of the spectacular Four Seasons Centre, adding to its allure for aspiring young artists, ages 6-15 years
To hear Brent Carver sing a dozen self-selected songs, ranging from musical-theatre tunes, the American Songbook, jazz standards and contemporary pop songs is a sublime prospect.