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2019/20 is a season of revivals, perhaps disappointingly so for some of the COC's longtime audience members who won't get treated to much they haven't seen before.

Jenna Simeonov
TSO's 2019/20 a season of (mostly) classics

TSO's 2019/20 a season of (mostly) classics

"There's nothing I like better than planning programmes," says Davis, of his enthusiastic stepping in as the TSO's Interim Artistic Director. But, eager to pass the torch officially to Gimeno, "the next season will be Gustavo's."

Jenna Simeonov
Familiar stories: Hook Up

Familiar stories: Hook Up

Composer Chris Thornborrow, librettist Julie Tepperman, and director/dramaturge Richard Greenblatt, dare to tell an uncomfortably familiar story that, today, is full of the themes that permeate every news story and piece of media we consume.

Jenna Simeonov
Wolf in 2019: the latest from Roxanna Walitzki

Wolf in 2019: the latest from Roxanna Walitzki

Shot in the salt flats of Utah by visual artist Redd Walitzki, Roxanna has created an original arrangement of Hugo Wolf's "Verborgenheit" ("Concealment").

Jenna Simeonov
Holiday recap: forbiddens & traditions

Holiday recap: forbiddens & traditions

There's little wrong, though, with heading into a new year with good tunes in one's head, and an acute anticipation of good things to come.

Greg Finney Jenna Simeonov
2018 in review: a confession

2018 in review: a confession

I guess that's my 2018 year-in-review: finding my way back to opera. It certainly helped to have, always bubbling in the background like happy reminders, the insatiable enthusiasm for opera of our writers and readers. So, thanks.

Jenna Simeonov
Ayre Live launches AtG's new record label

Ayre Live launches AtG's new record label

"That time is imprinted in my brain, and I think it will be forever," says Khalil of singing Ayre at Toronto's Ismaili Centre, a cultural symbol of the city's fostering of Islam. She gave three performances between November 10-12, 2016, less than a week after Trump's election win. "This piece felt like it was so needed at that time."

Jenna Simeonov
Off-Centre Stage: the COC Ensemble Studio Competition

Off-Centre Stage: the COC Ensemble Studio Competition

It's a lot of hype for one night, and only part of it is open to the public. The competitors sing one closed round before the crowd files in for the second, and after the competition is done, the singers are whisked away for a gala dinner with their colleagues - and most notably, the evening's donors.

Jenna Simeonov
Live-streamed in recital: Brancy & Dugan

Live-streamed in recital: Brancy & Dugan

The Journey Home is inspired by the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI, and features traditional picks (Schubert, Vaughan Williams), as well as popular and art songs by composers who were killed in the war.

Jenna Simeonov
Don't miss: the drama & devotion of Agostino Steffani

Don't miss: the drama & devotion of Agostino Steffani

"He spins a beautiful melody," says mezzo-soprano Krisztina Szabó, who joins the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir on this programme of Steffani's music. The composer's style, "for me, it falls between Cavalli and Handel."

Jenna Simeonov

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