Wednesday, July 8, 2020

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...

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...

A pick me up for Riccardo Muti

Wishing Maestro Riccardo Muti all the best as he recovers from his recent surgeries due to a fall caused by fainting while at the...

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Conductor James Levine, accused of molestation, is suspended from The Met

The Metropolitan Opera suspended legendary conductor James Levine on Sunday after The Post exclusively reported that the classical music maestro had allegedly molested a teen boy in the 1980s. Officials revealed the move in a statement, as two more alleged victims have...

Holiday 2016 Gift Guide for Performers and Audiences

It's that time of year again, time to show our friends and loved ones how much we care, and perhaps buy a few presents as well. This gift guide is with the artist and theatre goer in mind, and covers travel,...

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 for his controversial staging of Wagner’s Ring Cycle at Bayreuth in 1976. The production, conducted...

Take Cecila Bartoli home as Clari

Tue, 15 Mar 2011 19:38:12 -0700 The opera isn't popular, the modern staging has been criticised, so what makes Clari so interesting? Cecilia Bartoli, of course. Here is a clear example of how the woman can do no wrong, and can elevate...

Whimsical, Magical, Campy: Images and Costume Drawings For The Magic Flute at the COC

Photo Credit: © 2010 Myung Hee Cho - Courtesy of Canadian Opera Company   Director Diane Paulus, who has worked on such varied stage works as David Lynch's Lost Highway, The Donkey Show, Il Ritorno D'Ulisse in Patria, and the Broadway revival of Hair,...

Bringing women conductors to the front of the orchestra

Another day, another person deciding your value based on gender. Thankfully, some Arts Organizations are starting to confront the systemic discrimination that is unfortunately, rampant. One of these Organizations is the Dallas Opera. who have recently organized an intensive institute for female...

Interview with Bass-Baritone Mark S. Doss, pt 1 of 3

After months of work, I'm finally ready to reveal the latest addition to Art Life and Stilettos. I will be featuring video interviews and features on artists and events alongside my coverage and musings on all things artistic, fashionable and opera-related....

Opera in Interesting Places: Against the Grain

Against the Grain Theatre is another local company that has taken the tradition of opera and flipped it on its head, presenting classic works with a...

An evening with Maestro Stefano Montanari

Maestro Stefano Montanari is back in Toronto as guest conductor for Opera Atelier's latest production of Mozart’s sensuous, sexual rom-com Don Giovanni, and you are invited to...

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...

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Classical Music Consort Present Handelfest 2011

What’s not to like about a group of twenty-somethings performing the music of a twenty-something, for their fellow twenty-somethings? The Classical Music Consort got...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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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 drawn to her fresh brown eyes and impeccably refined and elegant...

Manolo Blahnik: THE ART OF SHOES

The Bata Shoe Museum, a North American cultural landmark with a strong international reputation, is delighted to announce the opening of the highly anticipated travelling exhibition MANOLO BLAHNIK: THE ART OF SHOES, a stunning retrospective by...

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 creative environment thrives on mutual respect and authentic community connections. Through...

Italian National Day: Castello Italia at Casa Loma 2018

  For four years now Casa Loma has been transformed into "Castello Italia" to celebrate Italian National Day, also known as la Festa della Repubblica, and Italian Heritage Month in Canada. Every year the event attracts...

My thoughts on Glyndebourne losing their general director

My thoughts on the news that Sebastian F. Schwarz stepping down as Glyndebourne general director. There is a lot happening in the world of entertainment right now, so it's understandable if the news of Sebastian Schwarz...

Countdown to Tafelmusik’s Sing-Along Messiah

On Sunday, December 17 at 2 PM,  Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir presents its wildly popular Sing-Along Messiah, Toronto’s largest sing-along classical Christmas concert. “Christmas just would not be the same without being part of this beautiful and cathartic event.” — CBC News,...

Holiday Gift Guide 2017

I know you are running out of ideas for that person who is not only super creative, but already has everything. Here are a few holiday gift ideas that may spark some excitement and ease...

Following the Footprints of trace, an Interview with Jeff Ho

Interview by Diana Di Mauro Last month I was invited to trace at Factory Theatre in downtown Toronto. It's a brand-new, one-man-two-piano-play written, composed and performed by Jeff Ho, described as, “A painfully personal story of family and...

Conductor James Levine, accused of molestation, is suspended from The Met

The Metropolitan Opera suspended legendary conductor James Levine on Sunday after The Post exclusively reported that the classical music maestro had allegedly molested a teen boy in the 1980s. Officials revealed the move in a statement,...

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A little holiday love

Every girl deserves a holiday, so I'm taking a few days off. Thank you for being such a fabulous audience, you mean the world to...

Giuseppe Verdi 200: your interactive guide

 Verdi just turned 200, and to celebrate the region of Emilia-Romagna and the Province of Parma, Italy, have created a beautiful website dedicated to...

Roberto Bolle: An Athlete in Tights

An Athlete in Tights is the culmination of a three-year collaboration between American Ballet Theatre and La Scala Theatre principal dancer Roberto Bolle and Vanity Fair photographer...

Opera For All Voices (Call for proposals)

One of the biggest issues opera companies face today is how to connect to today’s audiences. Opera has a very long and elaborate history...