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Ciekiewicz shines in the title role of Manitoba Opera's Susannah

Ciekiewicz shines in the title role of Manitoba Opera's Susannah

I hope that Ciekiewicz gets many more opportunities to sing this role. You won't hear it sung better anywhere, and her outstanding dramatic ability helped us feel the heartbreak of Susannah's anguish and confusion.

Neil Weisensel
Death in Venice: a near-perfect production

Death in Venice: a near-perfect production

At first glance, this opera based on the Thomas Mann novella of the same name doesn't lend itself to the stage which could, in part, be the reason Britten sat with the piece for so many years.

Alessia Naccarato
A perfect-fit Figaro in UofT Opera's Nozze

A perfect-fit Figaro in UofT Opera's Nozze

Incredible music, a beautiful set, and even stunning costumes too. Lisa Magill perfectly rounds out the production with her classic designs. She successfully fits the designs to the 18th century, and manages to have everyone looking their absolute best.

Alexandra Delle Donne
Rightly uncomfortable: FGO's Don Giovanni

Rightly uncomfortable: FGO's Don Giovanni

The over-the-top, 50's-horror-movie vibes of the opera's finale? Go ahead and laugh (some in the audience did). But an aria cataloguing thousands of victims of rape; a rapist sharply calling a survivor of his violence "You bitch!" – we should feel uncomfortable laughing at these moments.

Carly Gordon
TAP:EX Augmented Opera lives up to its name

TAP:EX Augmented Opera lives up to its name

As opera, and theatre in general, is forever evolving with the times, it's quite exciting to see new, cutting-edge approaches being used so successfully.

Greg Finney
Check out: the Irish Art Song Project

Check out: the Irish Art Song Project

“Even though I was brought up speaking Irish Gaelic, it didn't occur to me to commission composers to write on Irish Gaelic texts,” says Ní Mheadhra. “Colonization does weird things to a country.”

Jenna Simeonov
Patience rewarded in Oper Frankfurt's Tamerlano

Patience rewarded in Oper Frankfurt's Tamerlano

The characters begin as caricatures. Tamerlano (Lawrence Zazzo), a sadistic Southwestern oil baron who's a cross between Yosemite Sam and Daniel Day Lewis's tics in There Will Be Blood, has a grin (and mustache) glued to his face.

Jeremy Hirsch
A Don Giovanni with style in Chicago

A Don Giovanni with style in Chicago

For generations of (male) musicologists, the character Don Giovanni has been something of an egalitarian sex god. These academics propped up their vision of Don-G-as-political-progressive with weak evidence, citing his willingness (compulsion?) to sleep with any woman, even fat, poor, and old ones.

Hannah De Priest
A family-friendly fan favourite: Minnesota Opera's Barber

A family-friendly fan favourite: Minnesota Opera's Barber

Props must be given to Minnesota Opera for scheduling this family-friendly fan favorite, the seats were certainly filled. Hopefully the next generation of opera goers were hooked during this brief run!

Callie Cooper
Grand opera & cloudy politics in Il Postino

Grand opera & cloudy politics in Il Postino

It's a sour and tragic ending for an otherwise delightful love story. Moreover, the political subplot of the opera has a vagueness to it that leaves you wondering what its point of view is.

Molly Simoneau

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