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.
January 20, 2013
Notes from the interview I recorded yesterday. The final piece containing a slew of other topics comes out in full in the next issue of Xtra! and will be online sooner. Christopher Alden is in town to direct the new La Clemenza at the COC.
January 4, 2013
Opus Arte is releasing this dual Iphigenie on DVD on 28th of this month.
November 8, 2012
A Handel pastiche, Sale is directed by Christoph Marthaler at the Zurich Opera.
October 28, 2012
Those who are already OA devotees will like this production as something a little bit different but safely within the permanently preset parameters of the OA aesthetic. Others can enjoy the two first acts as competently done escapism, and scratch their heads over the rest, and then the nature of this work, and how it could be credibly staged today.