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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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Opera Atelier reinvents Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito

This thrilling story of desperate intrigues, unrequited love and heart stopping reversals of fortune is taken directly from Roman history. Roman aristocrat Vitellia plots...

Why are audiences turned off by modern classical music?

Why are audiences turned off by modern classical music? Alex Ross, author of The Rest Is Noise, has written an engaging article in the...

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...

Gallery Hopping with the Google Art Project

I absolutely love visiting art galleries, and when I travel I make a point of exploring the artistic treasures hidden in local collections. On...

Fresh Ideas: Pay What You Like Concerts

Imagine attending an orchestral concert and instead of purchasing your ticket in advance, you reserve your spot and after the performance, pay what you like based...