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Opera singer Wallis Giunta is the new face of McCaffrey Haute Couture

The COC Ensemble Studio's Wallis Giunta, a mezzo-soprano who has charmed critics with her creamy voice and charismatic stage presence, is collaborating with noted Canadian...

Ten things to see in Toronto this weekend – November 10 to 13, 2011

1. LANG LANG BEETHOVEN SERIES Lang Lang is in Toronto for a 10-day engagement. He takes on all five of Beethoven’s piano concertos, plus works...

Here it is: Canadian Opera Company 2011-2012

Now for the really interesting information. In case you have missed it, Canadian Opera Company announced its 2011-2012 season on Wednesday morning during a...

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Talk Back: DKNY Spring 2011 Goes Live

What could be better than cozying up on the couch on a cold January evening to watch and chat about the chic, DKNY Spring 2011 fashion show? Ok, maybe watching Dmitri Hvorostovsky bring down the house as Simon Boccanegra at The Metropolitan...

Opera singing songwriter Ashleigh Semkiw goes Underground at The Drake

I know, I know, I've been on summer hiatus. Don't worry, I'll be filling you in on the Art Life and Stilettos summer transcontinental trek in no time. In the meantime why not take a break from the serious world of...

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

Listen to Verdi’s Don Carlo, Live at The Met

Tonight at 7:00 p.m. you can listen to The Metropolitan Opera's opening night production of Verdi's opera Don Carlo, sung in Italian. “I think Don Carlo is the quintessential Verdi opera…Not one of these characters is prepared to accept his or her own...

Dancer Guillaume Côté is magnetic in Lost in Motion

Enjoy some beautiful solo dance featuring Guillaume Côté. National Ballet of Canada, principal dancer Guillaume Côté Directed by Ben Shirinian Choreography by Guillaume Côté Music by James LaValleProduced by Leslie Aimee Gottleib and David Miller for Krystal Levy Pictures.

Divine Diva – Diana Damrau

After The Hills there were the Kardashians, after the Kardashians? Diana Damrau. Our favourite German Coloratura officially has her own reality show. Well, actually more like a reality episode. The one hour documentary followed Damrau over nine months and gives the...

HER VOICE IN BLACK: Black Female Narrative in Lyric Theatre by Carla Chambers

Directed by Virginia Reh, and featuring accompanist Brahm Goldhamer, Her Voice in Black is an honours thesis performance by Carla Chambers that takes the listener on a musical journey celebrating the narratives of Opera’s fascinating black women characters. The concert is 45...

Sasha Djihanian wins grand prize at the COC

Representing Canada at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2011 (above video) Here is a bit of background on the soprano who won over the jury at this year's Ensemble Studio Competition, guaranteeing herself a place in the Young...

Speaking Truth in an Upside Down World

What happens when the world you work in feels upside down? It leads me to wonder the best ways to speak your truth without having to...

Review: RIOT A disorderly cocktail of theatre, spoken word, banging jigs, slapstick comedy and circus.

This year’s Luminato Festival has an obvious political theme, but RIOT is where even the coldest human truths will be served to you on a platter...

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Dudamel is a “Duracell Plus”

Watching Gustavo Dudamel work with an orchestra is such a pleasure. He's young, enthusiastic, and he knows his music. He knows exactly what he...

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Toronto Opera Events: Wednesday, April 20

Tomorrow is a big day for fans of the Canadian Opera Company as you will have two separate opportunities to see, hear and speak...

La Fleming Goes Indie on The TSO

The People's Diva has slowly been taking on fewer and fewer operatic engagements in fewer houses around the world. Is her voice still gorgeous?...

Tony Awards 2014: Highlights and Performances

Host Hugh Jackman (C) onstage during the 2014 Tony Awards. Credit: Theo Wargo/Getty ImagesThe 68th Annual Tony Awards ceremony was held this past weekend...

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8 (Opera and Classical) Things to Do: October

  1. Tuesday, October 9, 2018 Canadian Opera Company: Free Lunchtime Concert The Best of Rossini Artists of the COC Ensemble Studio VOCAL SERIES Artists of the COC Ensemble Studio present a show-stopping program of works by Italian composer Gioachino Rossini,...

Review: I Call Myself Princess

Tsianina Redfeather Blackstone was born in 1882, of the Muscogee Creek Nation. Born to Creek and Cherokee parents, she was sponsored by Alice Robertson to study classical singing in Denver, Colorado. A successful artist and activist...

Kickass Comedy: An Interview with Matteo Lane

Interview by Diana Di Mauro This month JFL42, a Just for Laughs festival, arrives in Toronto. 42 hilarious, riveting and relevant comedians and 9 amazing headliners will be cracking people up over a 10-day period in Toronto. Every...

No Replacement Named as Cerny Steps Down from Calgary Opera

August 27, 2018 (Calgary, Alberta) – Calgary Opera announced today that General Director & CEO Dr. Keith Cerny will step down from the organization in January 2019 to pursue a new musical leadership opportunity. Dr. Cerny...

Rustic Charm at Symphony in the Barn

  Concerts within the setting of a living farm, where chickens lay their eggs and horses graze, give a completely different ambiance to what culture is all about; AGRI-Culture." — Michael Schmidt, Founder & Co-Artistic Director   Every once and...

The Films of Luchino Visconti” Retrospective at TIFF

Luchino Visconti (di Mondrone) is an Italian film, opera and theatre director and screenwriter. He was born on November 2, 1906 in Milan and is a direct descendant of the Visconti of Milan. The Visconti...

Brendan Healy is the new Artistic Director of Canadian Stage

After a wide-reaching candidate search, Montréal-born award-winning theatre director and actor Brendan Healy, 43, has been appointed Artistic Director of Canadian Stage. Currently Artistic Director, Performing Arts, for the City of Brampton, Healy plans to join Canadian Stage...

Review: RIOT A disorderly cocktail of theatre, spoken word, banging jigs, slapstick comedy and circus.

This year’s Luminato Festival has an obvious political theme, but RIOT is where even the coldest human truths will be served to you on a platter alongside Glee-style hits, neon spandex and graceful aerialists. There...

Luminato Festival – Top 5 Guide

  Conceived in 2007 as a way to shine a spotlight on Toronto as a culturally vibrant and globally connected city rich in creativity, Luminato quickly became one of the preeminent international arts festivals in North...

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What do Meghan Markle and Tosca have in common?

As we watched Meghan Markle walk down the aisle on Saturday in her chic Givenchy gown and gloriously expansive veil, my eye was perpetually...

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...

Opera on Location: in cars, on rooftops, and across Los Angeles

Opera on location is not a new theatre concept in the theatre, but it is one that is gaining significant traction amongst the recent...

No Replacement Named as Cerny Steps Down from Calgary Opera

August 27, 2018 (Calgary, Alberta) – Calgary Opera announced today that General Director & CEO Dr. Keith Cerny will step down from the organization...

8 1/2 plus 4 Oscar Winners = NINE

By art life and stilettos · November 18, 2009 · 0 Comments · · edit There are no words for how amazing Federico Fellini's original 1963 film "8 1/2" is....