Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Welcome back to Art Life and Stilettos, Season 2!

Welcome back friends, I am officially back in Toronto and excited as ever to have Art Life and Stilettos back up and running after...

Mezzosoprano Frederica Von Stade On Her Glorious Career

For your viewing pleasure, the lovely Frederica Von Stade talking about her life, her career, and the glamour of working at the Met Opera....

Do You Question the Value of Celebrity? Do You Love Beauty?

Julianne Moore as Ingres's 'Grand Odalisque', New York City, by Michael Thompson, 2000, publ. April 2000. Michael Thompson. © 2000 Michael Thompson.   If you haven't...

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Shirley Verrett: Distinguished Opera Singer Dies, 1931-2010

Shirley Verrett, the veteran opera singer "who overcame racial prejudice to bring fearless power, scrupulous musicianship and keen dramatic instincts to opera stages throughout the world, has died" at the age of 79. Opera Chic Shirley Verrett, the vocally lustrous and dramatically compelling...

Diana Damrau celebrates Franz Liszt

This week we're celebrating the birth of a brilliant composer, a virtuosic pianist who has made history for both his music and for the size of his huge hands and feet.Happy Birthday, Franz Liszt! What better way to celebrate the man...

Così fan tutte at La Scala, cancelled due to strike

Anyone fortunate enough to have tickets to see Mozart's Così fan tutte or Rossini's Le Comte Ory at La Scala di Milano this week just got struck by some bad luck. This evening's production of Così fan tutte has been officially cancelled,and the opening...

Concert in Memory of tenor Salvatore Licitra

Salvatore Licitra NYTimes Report of his death This concert will take place on October 31, 2011 at the Merkin Concert Hall, New York City. For more information visit www.marcellogiordani-foundation.org -  Tickets available at www.merkinconcerthall.org

Theatre Closure: Opera Lyra Ottawa Ceases Operations

Another day, another not-for-profit arts organization shutting its doors because of accumulated debts, inflated operating costs, and dwindling audiences. Opera Lyra Ottawa brought culture to the Nation's Capital, and helped launch and support the careers of many of Canada's greatest singers...

Sh*t Opera Singers Say

and without further ado, here is part 2 of Shit Opera Singers Say. Enjoy!  

Mismanagement of The Metropolitan Opera

There has been a lot of discussion about the financial situation at The Metropolitan Opera in recent months. The media has been bombarded with remarks from Metropolitan Opera General Manager, Peter Gelb, citing the demise of opera, its imminent death and...

THE SAVVY MUSICIAN WORKSHOP

This looks like a really interesting workshop for any performers interested in the business side of being an artistic entrepreneur. I've included info from their website below. Let me know if you have a chance to attend, I'd love to hear...

Patrice Chéreau, Obituary

Patrice Chéreau, groundbreaking opera and film director, died of cancer on October 7, 2013. He was 68 years old. Chéreau is the French theatre director best known...

Mismanagement of The Metropolitan Opera

There has been a lot of discussion about the financial situation at The Metropolitan Opera in recent months. The media has been bombarded with remarks from...

Ten things to do in Toronto – Nov 3 to 6, 2011

1. OPERA AMERICA: IN CONVERSATION WITH STEPHANIE BLYTHE Mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe is one of the most celebrated and critically acclaimed opera artists of our time. She has...

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Opera America Conference – June 2018

Opera is enlivened by difference. Diverse artists, audiences, trustees and staff all bring powerful perspectives to our industry and make opera stronger. An inclusive...

Danielle de Niese’s wardrobe make headlines…Wait, what?

Yes, I love fashion. Yes, I love opera, but when the New York Times decided to do an introspective feature on what Danielle de...

Sweeping Beauty

Here is the beautiful, airy photo spread by Karl Lagerfeld of model Candice Swanepoel, for Harper’s Bazaar Korea, December 2011. Photo credit: Karl Lagerfeld for Harper’s...

Operas in interesting places – In The Pub with Tapestry Opera

I like to take opportunities as they come. Most of the time I'm pleasantly surprised with the outcome and being...

Patrice Chéreau, Obituary

Patrice Chéreau, groundbreaking opera and film director, died of cancer on October 7, 2013. He was 68 years old. Chéreau is the French theatre director...

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Digital Festival O

Opera Philadelphia presents its first-ever digital festival this summer with free on-demand streams of past productions. Enjoy opera on the couch with their first-ever Digital Festival O, featuring streams of Denis & Katya, We Shall...

Streaming Now: National Theatre presents “This House”

Since quarantine began, London's National Theatre has been streaming some of their top productions for free on YouTube. Every week there is a new offer, and this week, couch-bound audiences are being served...

The Harlequin Salon

Tafelmusik hosts a musical party with glamorous musicians, a comedic servant and a good dose of artistic personality. Sometimes the simplest ideas are the...

Music, Medicine and My Father

Book review of “The Hard Bargain: Music, Medicine and My Father (Richard Tucker, Opera Legend)” Authors David Tucker and Burton Spivak. Xlibris, 2018. By Diana Di Mauro

An Unsafe Space takes your bias and stuffs it

What happens when a push for social justice, and comedic one-liners tips the scales so far that liberalism becomes equated with conformity and close-mindedness? Have the snowflakes or the capitalists taken over? Is...

Hadrian: An Ancient Rulebreaker

The Canadian Opera Company premieres An Opera For Our Time The Canadian Opera Company took a exciting risk by commissioning an opera from Rufus Wainwright about the fascinating history of the Roman Empire, and one of...

ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL: THE OPERA

ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL: THE OPERA Based on the lyrics and music of Roger Waters’ The Wall Operatic version composed by Julien Bilodeau Concept & Stage direction by Dominic Champagne Toronto – Award-winning Another Brick In The Wall:...

Screening of Verdi’s Due Foscari

Festival Verdi For the series of operas from ‘Festival Verdi’, the Istituto Italiano di Cultura presents Due Foscari by director Joseph Franconi Lee and conductor Donato Renzetti. In the cast: Leo Nucci (Francesco Foscari), Roberto de...

What does opera in the age of Trumpism look like? #AtGBOUND

Toronto's acclaimed indie opera company Against the Grain Theatre present Kevin Lau’s newly commissioned opera BOUND v. 2 in a concert performance TORONTO – Against the Grain Theatre (AtG) has matched one of opera's most dramatic...

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Mismanagement of The Metropolitan Opera

There has been a lot of discussion about the financial situation at The Metropolitan Opera in recent months. The media has been bombarded with...

Ten (classical and opera) things to see in Toronto this weekend

1. Mariinsky Orchestra, VALERY GERGIEV, conductor 
ALEXANDER TORADZE, piano The legendary Mariinsky Orchestra of St. Petersburg, established over 200 years ago, is “the world’s first...

Your Election Toolkit – Focus on the Arts

It is lead up week to the Federal Election in Canada on May 2 and as usual the arts in Canada remain a largely...

They’re Alive! Live Footage of Super Villains

Ready to hear what Against the Grain's Super Villains have to offer? Read the Super Villains post, sit back with a cold Steam Whistle,...

MAC + Hello Kitty

This beautiful promo ad for MAC Cosmetics Hello Kitty! collection was released almost a year ago, but is worth looking at again. Director Floria...