November 16, 2014
My interview with the great Margaret Drabble now online over on The Believer web exclusives: The Believer: The golden baby of your novel has a mother who decided to give up a lot. The mother in The Ice Age also, and they both do it quite happily. Before I read the book, I wondered if […]
December 2, 2013
I AM IN NEED OF MUSIC - Songs on poems by Elizabeth Bishop. With Suzie LeBlanc, soprano & various composers.
December 22, 2012
The ever so fabulous Miriam Margolyes was in Toronto last week, for the next-to-last North American stop of the tour of her play Dickens' Women.
November 21, 2012
Werner Schroeter made a film (a "delirious biography") about one of the greatest mezzos in history. The Tiff-Cinemateque has a Schroeter retrospective happening this month and the film is being shown on November 25. The COC's GenMan Alexander Neef introduces the work.
October 25, 2012
Soprano Suzie LeBlanc is currently touring with pianist Robert Kortgaard the 'Tis the last rose of summer' series, mostly in smaller towns in Ontario and Quebec. It's a carefully programmed recital loosely based on the theme of the rose - and this includes a wide range of Lieder, as well as some Acadian folk, the Irish traditional giving the name to the series, a chanson, and two newly commissioned pieces for the Elizabeth Bishop Legacy Recording Project.
October 8, 2012
Karina Gauvin Prima Donna with Arion Orchestre Baroque, music director Alexander Weimann. ATMA Classique, 2012.
September 11, 2012
Margarethe von Trotta's latest film, 'Hannah Arendt', is complex, smart as hell, ethically discerning, politically brave, unique (I can't think of another good film about a philosopher or about the drama of thinking), sexy (and it makes theory sexy), and feminist to boot. Words fail just now, there are too many of all sorts, but maybe later I'll be able to curate them and more will be said.