A daring & desirous double-bill at Opera Atelier
Such longevity puts it among the upper echelon of Canadian opera companies in Canada - a feat more impressive when we consider that Atelier performs exclusively 17th- and 18th-century baroque opera. It's almost impossible to resist saying it: "If it ain't baroque, don't fix it."Read More
Check it out: The Linden Project
Art song - a broad classical music term to describe a piece written for solo singer and accompaniment, usually by a piano - can feel equal parts vague and exclusive. A song by Schubert and a song by Bernstein are both considered art songs, despite enormous differences in style; conversely, art song carries with it some special qualities, like the conversational relationship between the voice and piano.Read More
CMIM Finals: one out of three ain't bad?
Even for me, I was quite errant in my guesses for the winners of this year's Concours musical international de Montréal.Read More
Onto the finals: why can't they all just win?
I suppose that's what happened as the CMIM Aria finalists were announced. I made a few private predictions of my own, and I was largely on the same page as the jury. But I was dismayed to see two singers left out of the final round, perhaps for swinging too far one way or the other.Read More
Anticipation: CMIM Aria Semifinals, part I
With the anticipation of a good cliffhanger, I'll head back to Maison symphonique tomorrow night for the remaining six semifinalists. Make sure you watch live via CMIM's webcast, starting at 7:30pm ET. And if you missed Monday's Semifinal I, catch up below:Read More
Ensemble Studio shines in a lackluster Evening
Whatever its form, this annual event is meant to show off what these artists do best. It's clear that the Ensemble Studio features seven excellent young voices and two industrious pianists. With that said, An Evening With the Ensemble Studio seemed to show that what these young artists do best is prosper under the oddest of onstage circumstances.Read More
Fallis wraps 27 years with the Toronto Consort
Readers, we're giving away two pairs of tickets to the matinee performance on May 27 (3:30pm). To be eligible for the draw, share or retweet this post (give us a tag @Schmopera, too!) and tell us why you're keen to see David Fallis' final collaboration with one of Toronto's cornerstones of Early Music.Read More
Don't miss: The Love Potion
"As social beings, we depend on love and being loved," says Mitisek, explaining our fascination with love stories - even those that end in death. An opera like The Love Potion tells us about the possibilities and the limits of love, and we can experience its extremes through catharsis.Read More
"After 15 years, I felt like having a party."
"I think we really mined [masque] to a huge extent," he says. Now, Beckwith's decision to wrap up TMT is fuelled by a desire for something new.Read More
Levine's ugly exit, & the disposable Met
Now, as I read the conclusion of the Met's gross display of Righteous Response™ - their investigation, launched with seriousness only after this group of victims came forward with corroborating, damning accounts of abuse by Levine - I say, let it fall.Read More