March 10, 2014
A contralto of gorgeous timbre, Laura Pudwell, is scheduled to sing the title role in a concert version of Cavalli's Giasone with Toronto Consort, April 4-5-6, TSP.
February 7, 2014
Un ballo in maschera (Giuseppe Verdi-Antonio Somma, 1859). A Berlin Staatsoper Unter den Linden production directed by Jossi Wieler and Sergio Morabito, revival director Samantha Seymour. Conductor Stephen Lord. Seen at the Canadian Opera Company on February 5. My intro to Il Ballo HERE. The setting is American of indeterminate age, closer to the Civil Rights […]
January 25, 2014
A British ex-pat in Munich, Samantha Seymour was well-set on an engineering career when she first caught the opera fever. It came to her fairly late in life, and thanks to an opera-loving friend who shared the tickets to the Bayerische Staatsoper. A Xerxes with Ann Murray particularly stands out as an early favourite. Many operas later, Seymour found herself downsized and out of a job in an industry of seemingly stable employment and steady career paths. She used the opportunity to turn to what she loved even more than the maths and sciences: opera directing. A return to school followed, and a period of retraining. At one of the workshops she met the directors Jossi Wieler and Sergio Morabito, and it all started from there.
January 2, 2014
Overture Opera Guides in association with ENO: Parsifal Richard Wagner. Series Editor Gary Kahn, Editorial Consultant Philip Reed, Head of Publications-ENO. Oneworld Classics, London 2011.
July 12, 2013
Cecily: As someone who became an opera addict during my teenhood, it seems to me that opera is very well-suited for teenagers already – with its romanticism and big emotions.
May 31, 2013
Figaro's Wedding -- WA Mozart. The original libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte translated and adapted by Joel Ivany. Score adapted for the piano quintet by the music director + pianist in the show, Christopher Mokrzewski. Stage director Joel Ivany. June 2nd is the last show.
May 12, 2013
Dialogues des Carmélites (1957) by Francis Poulenc at the Canadian Opera Company. Directed by Robert Carsen, conducted by Johannes Debus. Seen on May 11, 2013.
April 28, 2013
Salome (1905) by Richard Strauss, libretto Hedwig Lachmann after the play by Oscar Wilde. Director Atom Egoyan, conductor Johannes Debus. The COC, Houston Grand Opera and Vancouver Opera co-production. The COC revival seen on April 27, 2013.
April 21, 2013
This is probably the creepiest Lucia around – and in the best cinematic way possible, with every ‘frame’ having a place in the buildup of unease and suspense.