La bohème reliable as ever, even in reverse

La bohème reliable as ever, even in reverse

It is surprising how little effectiveness Puccini's score loses when performed in reverse order, and the score still lands each emotional beat even when the context feels radically different.

Arturo Fernandez - Sep 25, 2022
Cosmic Cowboy a strong premiere, despite a cursed opening night

Cosmic Cowboy a strong premiere, despite a cursed opening night

The score's harmonic language is relatively simple, but it is also quite full of little treasures like this, and I found myself enamoured by it by the end.

Arturo Fernandez - Sep 19, 2022
Calgary Concert Opera returns with regal love triangle

Calgary Concert Opera returns with regal love triangle

"This production of Roberto Devereux will be a really intimate performance for the audience," says King. "In this format, you'll really feel the emotions Donizetti has woven so brilliantly in his music."

Oliver Munar - Sep 18, 2022
Michael Spyres at the Park Avenue Armory: big voice in an intimate room

Michael Spyres at the Park Avenue Armory: big voice in an intimate room

Spyres was at home, in his element and began the downsizing process to serenade us with exquisite high notes that seemed to come out of nowhere only to blossom as the poet found his with love and the universe.

John Hohmann - Sep 14, 2022
A queer-friendly Figaro out of Manitoba Underground Opera

A queer-friendly Figaro out of Manitoba Underground Opera

As a singer transitioning out of a performing role and into the role of an audience member, board member, and now reviewer, it is surreal to watch this company grow as a spectator on the outside.

Andrea Lett - Sep 9, 2022
High expectations and opera + rock climbing in Gould's Wall

High expectations and opera + rock climbing in Gould's Wall

Our artist, Louise, invokes Canadian classical music icon Glenn Gould to guide her as she climbs to the apex. Interspersed with her journey we are offered a glimpse inside Gould's mind through a series of memories.

Greg Finney - Sep 6, 2022
Michael Spyres the BariTenor, difficult to compartmentalize — but a spectacular 85-minute listen

Michael Spyres the BariTenor, difficult to compartmentalize — but a spectacular 85-minute listen

The recording, a luxurious and record-setting 85 minutes of burnished virtuosity, is spread over 18 arias spanning three centuries and 15 composers. Spyres straddles the tenor and baritone repertoires so stylishly as to approach a state of operatic titillation, if there was was such a thing.

John Hohmann - Sep 1, 2022
The Accommodating "Cool" of Spielberg’s West Side Story

The Accommodating "Cool" of Spielberg’s West Side Story

It would be unreasonable to expect these star-crossed lovers to create a more charmingly romantic balcony scene and "Tonight." They are literally heaven-sent when singing their vows in "One Hand, One Heart" amidst sunlight streaming through stained glass at the MET Museum’s Cloisters.

John Hohmann - Aug 19, 2022
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Need a new bio? We do that.

Does your biography start with the words "hailed", "praised", or "lauded"? Is it old and out-of-date? Do you want a bio that reads as interesting as you are?

Jenna Simeonov - Aug 12, 2022
Fresh avant-garde: The Happenstancers film Pierrot Lunaire

Fresh avant-garde: The Happenstancers film Pierrot Lunaire

Pierrot Lunaire translates eerily well to film, especially in the hands of this team. Shot in black and white and with moments of harsh chiarioscuro in Adam Harris' lighting design, we're brought into the delicate world of a chamber group set-up.

Jenna Simeonov - Aug 9, 2022

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