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Monday, May 22, 2017

Tapestry’s ambitious Oksana G. is a beautiful opera about an ugly reality by Robert Harris

The project, in the works for more than a decade, tells the story of a young Ukrainian girl, lured into the horror of human trafficking

SOURCE: The Globe and Mail at 04:05PM
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Against The Grain’s La Bohème is back for round 2 by Robert Harris

Six years after the show helped announce the Toronto theatre company’s presence, Against The Grain is once again staging its contemporary retelling of Puccini

SOURCE: The Globe and Mail at 05:21PM
Friday, April 21, 2017

Grand visions flame out at Louis Riel opera by Robert Harris

Riel didn’t live up to its expectations and Thursday night turned out to be a difficult evening at the opera house, but for reasons that are quite illuminating

SOURCE: The Globe and Mail at 02:53PM

Toronto’s Opera Atelier brings baroque back by Robert Harris

Company reintroduces classic European performances with a modern flair to audiences in Versailles, Salzburg and Milan

SOURCE: The Globe and Mail at 02:37PM
Thursday, April 13, 2017

How the COC set out to solve the problem with Louis Riel by Robert Harris

An opera about the 1880s-era rebel that was created with a 1967 mindset gets an update with a sense of 2017 enlightenment

SOURCE: The Globe and Mail at 04:50PM
Tuesday, March 7, 2017

TSO's New Creations Festival breaks away from convention by Robert Harris

Saturday’s performances, which kicked off the 8-day festival, demonstrates what happens when the new is allowed into the traditional

SOURCE: The Globe and Mail at 01:19PM
Friday, March 3, 2017

Looking ahead at an ambitious season at the National Arts Centre by Robert Harris, J. Kelly Nestruck and Martha Schabas

What's ahead in theatre, dance and music at the National Arts Centre for Canada's sesquicentennial​

SOURCE: The Globe and Mail at 02:59PM
Thursday, March 2, 2017

TSO New Creations Festival co-curator Owen Pallett to deliver eclectic mix by Robert Harris

Pallett believes music expresses social values and politics in subtle, subliminal ways

SOURCE: The Globe and Mail at 11:59AM
Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Divisive, ‘dangerous’ music of Richard Wagner takes centre stage in COC production by Robert Harris

As COC stages final leg of the Ring cycle – Gotterdammerung – conductor Johannes Debus reflects on the composer’s ‘dangerous’ music

SOURCE: The Globe and Mail at 03:52PM
Thursday, January 26, 2017

Tafelmusik announces Italy’s Elisa Citterio as new music director by Robert Harris

Announcement concludes a four-year search to replace Jeanne Lamon

SOURCE: The Globe and Mail at 08:00AM
Friday, January 13, 2017

A ‘new’ Bernard Labadie returns to podium for COC's Magic Flute by Robert Harris

After battling a serious illness, maestro to conduct the Mozart opera Thursday

SOURCE: The Globe and Mail at 01:47PM
Thursday, January 12, 2017

COC announces plans for eclectic 2017-18 Toronto season by Robert Harris

The wide-ranging offering will feature a unique ‘artist-in-residence’ arrangement with Canadian soprano Jane Archibald

SOURCE: The Globe and Mail at 07:30PM
Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Simon Rattle and Berlin Philharmonic: A stunning take on Mahler’s Seventh by Robert Harris

The Berlin Philharmoic was great because its playing was so transparent, so clear

SOURCE: The Globe and Mail at 10:41AM
Friday, November 11, 2016

Against The Grain’s Ayre is a vital reminder that unity is possible by Robert Harris

Osvaldo Golijov’s Ayre is brilliantly performed by Miriam Khalil and an ensemble of 11 musicians

SOURCE: The Globe and Mail at 11:50AM
Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Against the Grain's Ayre to deliver powerful evening of cultural mash-ups by Robert Harris

Soprano Miriam Khalil to sing Ayre by Osvaldo Golijov, a work that might have been written for her

SOURCE: The Globe and Mail at 10:47AM
Thursday, November 3, 2016

Tafelmusik delivers music-making on the highest level at anniversary concert by Robert Harris

Let Us All Sing highlights the joyful sense of spontaneity that is the hallmark of the Choir and Orchestra

SOURCE: The Globe and Mail at 11:54AM
Friday, October 14, 2016

COC brings Handel’s Ariodante to 1960s Scotland by Robert Harris

COC revives long-forgotten Handel opera at the Four Seasons Centre

SOURCE: The Globe and Mail at 10:47AM
Friday, October 7, 2016

Sondra Radvanovsky gives blissful performance in COC’s production of Norma by Robert Harris

Diva provides performance that could be talked about for generations

SOURCE: The Globe and Mail at 12:05PM
Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Sondra Radvanovsky is a star soprano at the pinnacle of her talent by Robert Harris

In a run-through of Norma, the Canadian Opera Company’s first production of the season, its star soprano hits an awe-inspiring note

SOURCE: The Globe and Mail at 03:03PM
Friday, September 23, 2016

Tafelmusik guest conductor Elisa Citterio brings quirky, stylish sound by Robert Harris

It’s unclear if Elisa Citterio is actually a candidate to replace Jeanne Lamon, but she brought a new, original sound

SOURCE: The Globe and Mail at 10:34AM
Tuesday, June 7, 2016

In Opera 5’s Die Fledermaus, the audience is the party by Robert Harris

Midway through Opera 5’s performance of Die Fledermaus, the audience’s chairs disappear and the participatory party begins

SOURCE: The Globe and Mail at 02:58PM
Friday, May 27, 2016

Tapestry Opera’s devotion to new Canadian work can be daunting by Robert Harris

Toronto’s Tapestry Opera takes on indie opera scene

SOURCE: The Globe and Mail at 01:43PM
Saturday, April 30, 2016

COC’s Maometto II a showcase for the magic of the operatic voice by Robert Harris

Maometto II may be the best-sung production of the season at the COC, and that’s saying something at Alexander Neef’s COC, where the quality of the singing is always extremely high

SOURCE: The Globe and Mail at 01:29PM
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Opera Peep Show: Not your typical night at the opera by Robert Harris

No glittering lobby entrances, no opulent gowns or ill-fitting tuxes

SOURCE: The Globe and Mail at 08:00AM
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Wednesday, March 9, 2016

For Tapestry Opera, The Devil Inside is all in Michael Mori’s expansion details by Robert Harris

The new opera, co-commissioned by Scottish Opera and Music Theatre Wales, is part of the artistic director’s continuing plan to create an energetic, relevant and expanding role for one of …

SOURCE: The Globe and Mail at 03:26PM
Sunday, January 17, 2016

Yang and Richard-Hamelin perform an all-Chopin program by Robert Harris

The two Canadian artists, who placed among the top five laureates at the 17th International Chopin Competition in October, performed a joint recital at the Royal Conservatory on Friday night

SOURCE: The Globe and Mail at 12:37AM
Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Canadian Opera Company’s new season bolstered by world’s top talents by Robert Harris

The lineup for 2016-17 season was unveiled Wednesday evening by general director Alexander Neef

SOURCE: The Globe and Mail at 07:30PM
Tuesday, December 15, 2015

World’s top jazz pianists pay tribute to Oscar Peterson in adoring concert by Robert Harris

Koerner Hall concert was in consort with release of new three-CD set Oscar, With Love

SOURCE: The Globe and Mail at 02:34PM
Friday, December 11, 2015

Toronto theatres offer three unique versions of Handel’s Messiah by Robert Harris

Toronto audiences can choose from shows at Roy Thomson Hall, Koerner Hall and Against the Grain Theatre

SOURCE: The Globe and Mail at 01:51PM
Monday, December 7, 2015

Sondra Radvanovsky veers from playful to powerful in stunning performance by Robert Harris

Soprano superstar demonstrated that she is a communicator of musical and lyrical emotion

SOURCE: The Globe and Mail at 01:08PM

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