From Don Juan to #UncleJohn
Don Juan. Love him or hate him, he's been around for at least 400 years. Why? Because he's a juicy character with which we've all got something in common. Everyone struggles with moderation in their lives; food, drink, and sex have forever played a role in our personal conflicts with desire and will-power. If you're mysteriously immune to the temptations of the Big Three, you're bound to be lured by something else. Or, you're a robot.Read More
Schmopera goes west
Exciting news! In July, I'll be heading to work at Open Space, the exciting new program partnering Against the Grain Theatre with The Banff Centre and the Canadian Opera Company. There, we'll explore Uncle John, the brand new adaptation of Mozart's _Don Giovanni _with a libretto by AtG Theatre's Artistic Director, Joel Ivany.Read More
Ramírez, you're up.
Tomorrow night, Toronto-based tenor Ernesto Ramírez will step into the title role of Donizetti's Roberto Devereux, playing now at the Four Seasons Centre. Italian tenor Giuseppe Filianoti was scheduled to sing the run, but he withdrew from the first few performances, and the Canadian Opera Company brought in American tenor Leonardo Capalbo to step in.Read More
What's on, eh?
This spring, opera-going Canadians are in luck: across the country, opera is a-happening. Starting in the West, you can still catch Verdi's Don Carlo at Vancouver Opera, playing until May 11th. The cast includes Canadian faves like Joni Henson and Brett Polegato, and they're doing it in Italian. Nice.Read More
Schmopera on the Avalon
Later this month, I'm packing my bags and heading to St. John's, Newfoundland, to work on a couple of shows at Opera on the Avalon. On the menu are Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Tom Diamond and conducted by Vlad Iftinca, and the ubiquitous La bohème, directed by Michael Cavanagh and conducted by Judith Yan.Read More
I'm on a podcast! Again!
That's right, they asked me back. This time I joined host Gianmarco Segato with COC Ensemble member Cameron McPhail and artist manager Alia Rosenstock (Dean Artists Management). We talked about the San Diego Opera kerfuffle, about the Metropolitan Opera Chorus, and what the arts are worth. It gets juicy, let me tell you. Have a listen!Read More
What I'm seeing this week
This weekend, I'm going to see more stuff. On Friday night, I'm catching opening night of Engelbert Humperdinck's Hänsel & Gretel, presented by Metro Youth Opera. I love this show, I know a few people involved, and I always fall for a fairy tale.Read More
Yesterday I posted an article about how hard it is for singers to stay creative and stay employed. Just over 24hrs later, close to 12,000 people have read it, and some have left some pretty brilliant and moving comments.Read More
Another weekend, more shows
Tonight (it's quasi-weekend) I'm going to Koerner Hall to hear Isabel Bayrakdarian sing with Tafelmusik. The programme is titled Rival Queens, and I'm pretty excited about it. It's inspired by that famous 18th-century operatic feud between superstars Faustina Bordoni and Francesca Cuzzoni.Read More
What I'm seeing this week
I've got a nicely packed weekend of three events to check out. Firstly, on Friday, April 4th at 7:30pm, I'll go to the Ernest Balmer Studio to hear Tapestry Explorations Revolutions at Tapestry Opera. It'll be a nice of music and dance, and there will be a special presentation of excerpts from A Moveable Beast, a current work in progress from Ross Manson's Volcano Theatre.Read More