Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Embracing Your Passion: Inspiration for Multi-Talented Artists

How many of you have felt limited to pursuing one passion? The message often heard is, "Just focus on one thing as the rest becomes...

Christian Dior Vintage Couture at the ROM

In celebration of the House of Dior’s 70th anniversary, the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is pleased to present Christian Dior, an original ROM exhibition...

Verona: Arena, Stronghold, Backdrop for Star-Crossed Lovers

The city of Verona, with its romantic qualities and artistic history, was not always the stunning tourist destination that can be seen today. The city...

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The ALS mystery and Wagner and Puccini’s toughest critics

Every once and a while I find myself having to take a small break from writing and maintaining this wonderful site because something has come up in another aspect of my life. If only time were more forgiving, because then I would...

Factory Theatre: Diversity Beyond the Great White North

Toronto based, Factory Theatre continues to commit to diversity this season as it programs "Beyond the Great White North," six new plays, each written by a playwright of colour. It is a strong move from a company that was already committed...

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, and listen to this clip. It was filmed live at SMASH Furniture, Toronto. Film by Diana Di...

Aida is calling, will you answer?

How many times have you watched an opera and wanted desperately to tell the director what you really thought about the production? Or perhaps you had a question about how the soprano managed to pull off such a glorious pianissimo high...

Current Mood: il Trovatore

  Beautiful singing and gorgeous melodies are on my mind right now. Let's take a step back, have a coffee, and just listen.   Just Nucci, singing 'il balen del tuo sorriso"   Feel like listening to the whole opera? How about a 1969 performance of Verdi's il Trovatore with...

Tonight: Listen Live to Ariadne auf Naxos

The Met Opera is live streaming their much-lauded production of Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos. Love it! Thanks Met Opera for keeping up this fantastic FREE resource. Listen Live to Ariadne auf Naxos online or on your cell phone tonight, Tuesday, May...

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 it even possible for an attitude...

13 (Opera and Classical) Things To Do in Florence: October

There are a ton of things to do in October in Florence, as it is a huge month for classical music. Most companies and orchestras are opening their season and many festivals are producing classic, modernist works. Pieces like Stravinsky's Sacre du Printemps...

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...

FW17 Guo Pei & Caroline Scheufele

On July 2, 2017, at the prestigious hotel Salomon de Rothschild in Paris, Guo Pei presented her fourth Couture Collection, this time in collaboration with Caroline...

Tonight’s the night for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

I'll be out exploring the city tonight and trying not to freeze. If you're at Nuit Blanche tonight, you can tweet me any interesting exhibits or...

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The art life and stilettos holiday performance calendar: December 15 – 18, 2011

Tis the season for Handel’s Messiah. The tradition of performing this particular oratorio has become as synonymous with the holidays as the Nutcracker and...

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...

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...

Ariadne auf Naxos at The Met

With Maestro James Levine cancelling performances (including his beloved Walküre, though that was due to illness NOT persistent back problems), pulling out of Tanglewood...

Arts Workers Getting Rich off of Exposure Dollars

This is a running joke between musicians and stage performers. Everyone has heard the elevator pitch for some "exciting" opportunity that promises incredible  exposure....

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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...

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...

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Tonight’s the night for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

I'll be out exploring the city tonight and trying not to freeze. If you're at Nuit Blanche tonight, you can tweet me any interesting...

Ten things to do in Toronto this weekend: November 18 to 20

PSYCHO Alfred Hitchcock's heartwarming story of a boy and his mother is one of the most legendary shockers of all time. Screening is part of...

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...

Interview with Bass-Baritone Mark S. Doss, part 2 of 3

In this second clip with Mark S. Doss, the focus is on singing and the technical demands of performing operatic repertoire. I asked him...

7 Artists Illustrate Couture for Vogue

Stunning drawings from the classic world of fashion illustration.