Opera Canada

Provides an educated, upscale audience with valuable information on exciting artists, recordings, and events.

Articles from Vol. 47, No. 2, March-April

A Matter of Heritage: Iain Scott Traces the Themes That Have Defined Russian Opera
As we delight in discovering more about Russian opera, it is timely to ask two questions: what are the key defining characteristics of this national genre? And which significant milestones in its development should we be aware of? [ILLUSTRATION...
Andrew Greenwood
WATCH ANDREW GREENWOOD AT HIS DAY JOB, AND you would never suspect that a talented, ravishing baritone lurks beneath the face mask, slicker and helmet as he combats a Vancouver fire. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Greenwood didn't set out to be a firefighter....
Baritone Peter McGillivray Takes Time out for Tchaikovsky and Taking Stock
PETER MCGILLIVRAY WAS IN A SOMEWHAT GIDDY MOOD when I reached him by telephone in Graz, where he and Australian-born pianist Stacey Bartsch had just won second prize in the competition whose German name translates as Franz Schubert and the Music of...
Colin Eatock on a City That's Struggling to Cope with an Embarrassment of Operatic Riches
QUANTITATIVELY, BERLIN IS THE OPERATIC CAPITAL OF THE world, with 560 opera performances over the 2005-06 season--more than anywhere else, including Paris, Vienna, London or New York. To make all this possible, the city government lavishes about $140-million...
Daniel Okulitch
YOUNG BASS-BARITONE Dan Okulitch's most recent operatic credits include his debut as the lead in Calgary Opera's Canadian premiere of Dead Man Walking. However, his singing career began when he was 12 years old and played Amahl in the same company's...
Dead Man Walking
Whether as a novel, a play, a movie or now an opera, Dead Man Walking has been controversial. The story, dealing with capital punishment, violence and murder, is pretty strong stuff, and the book's two subsequent incarnations attracted attention for...
Die Zauberflote
Mozart's Die Zauberflote is perfect for young voices, and the new production mounted for the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio was a sold-out winner (Dec. 16-20/05). William Schmuck's abstract modern set, with costumes that ran the gamut from...
DVDs
The city of Compiegne, with a population of around 70,000, is located 80 km northeast of Paris and is the geographical centre of Picardie, the region of France once better known for its agriculture than its culture. But in 1991, that situation changed....
First Gigs: Paula Citron Celebrates the COC Ensemble Studio at 25
THE CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY ENSEMBLE Studio is really a misnomer. The word "ensemble" gives the impression of a group of singers trooping through their training in tandem. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. The COC Ensemble is made up...
Jacques Lacombe
JACQUES LACOMBE HAS at least one thing in common with many other Canadian conductors: no current contract to appear at the Metropolitan Opera, though he has appeared there before. But he might be the only Canadian conductor who has turned down the...
Judith Forst
MEZZO-SOPRANO JUDITH FORST SAID IN A 1976 interview that she would sing until she was 50. Fortunately, her words have not come true, and some would say she is singing better now than she did when she was 50. In March, age 62, she was in Milan for her...
Lieder: Mozart
LIEDER Mozart Suzie LeBlanc, soprano, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, fortepiano. ATMA Classique ACD2 2327 According to the distinguished scholar Alfred Einstein, Mozart never actually used the term "Lieder." The handful of songs that were published...
L'incoronazione Di Poppea
Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea revolves around the abuse of power, be it the political authority of a statesman or the bewitching force of beauty. The opera is one of the earliest we know, and yet its themes remain universal. After a run in...
Lost Divas: Andre Tubeuf
LOST DIVAS Andre Tubeuf Assouline, 122 pp. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Some coffee-table books are lavishly produced to reward readers repeatedly, but I fear this is not one of them. French journalist and opera aficionado Andre Tubeuf has assembled...
Notebook
MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR the evening of Friday October 27, which is the date of the 2006 Opera Canada Awards, known less formally as the Rubies. The Rubies Gala will once again be held at the Carlu in Toronto (the historic Art Deco Eaton Auditorium complex),...
Opera in Concert
Opera in Concert got the year off to an innovative start with the Canadian premiere of La Griselda (Jan. 29), one of almost four dozen operas composed by Antonio Vivaldi. Produced in 1735, this is one of the composer's later operas (and one of the...
Pacific Opera Victoria
Almost everything about The Rape of Lucretia--Britten's choice of musical device, his extensive use of a male-female, Grecian-style chorus, even the subtlety and understatement of the music itself--distances the audience from the opera's emotional...
Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
The revival of Verdi's Macbeth (Feb. 18-Mar. 9) at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, this winter was a music-first kind of production. In theatrical terms, it rarely rose above the ordinary, and it wasn't apparent that director Phyllida Lloyd aspired...
Stephanie Marshall
FAR ACROSS THE ATLANTIC Ocean, in London, England, there's some corner of a foreign kitchen that is forever Canada. In it stands a bright red cookie jar in the form of a Canadian Mountie, a souvenir of Stephanie Marshall's homeland. [ILLUSTRATION...
The Final Take: Music Ben Heppner Can't Live Without
BEN HEPPNER HAS A VERY BUSY CLOSE TO THE 2005-06 SEASON. WE caught up with him in New York in March preparing for Met performances of Fidelio (Mar./Apr.), Lohengrin (Apr.) and his debut in Parsifal (May). He's also scheduled to sing in the gala concert...
The Pit and the Podium: Richard Turp Asks Conductor Yannick Nezet-Seguin to Explain His Art and His Music
IT IS DIFFICULT TO KNOW HOW TO BEGIN TALKING ABOUT THE 30-YEAR-OLD conductor, Yannick Nezet-Seguin. It is all too easy to view him as an enfant prodigue, a man whose apparent meteoric rise to prominence is symbolic of our seemingly insatiable need...
Toronto Operetta Theatre
Over the years, Toronto Operetta Theatre has created a production formula that works--namely, mounting traditional shows with no surprises. Johann Strauss Jr.'s operetta Wiener Blut (Dec. 27-Jan. 8) was given a solid production according to form. The...
Toronto Operetta Theatre
Lady in the Dark, composed by Kurt Weill with lyrics by Ira Gershwin and a book by Moss Hart, is a risky oddball in its mix of speech and song. Hugely popular when it was first staged on Broadway in 1941, the piece follows the life and loves of a dysfunctional...
Two Weeks in the Journey to Stage Gotterdammerung: Finding the Right Ending for the Cycle
IT TOOK WAGNER JUST OVER 25 YEARS TO CONCEIVE, compose and stage Der Ring des Nibelungen, though the pace quickened frenetically over the last five. During this time, he finished the music for Siegfried, composed Gotterdammerung, embarked on his second...
Vancouver Opera
Vancouver Opera's Don Giovanni (Mar. 7) left me with rather ambivalent feelings. The sets were fine, the singing good, the musical direction was firm and kept the drama moving. But somehow, the performance failed to catch fire. What seemed to be missing...
William Littler on an Industrialist's Extravagant Gift to the Nation
TRAIN-SPOTTING TRAVELLERS WITH AN EYE FOR PASSING box cars or long-distance vans will probably recognize the name Maersk, even without knowing it is the Christian name of Denmark's richest shipping magnate and, more recently, Danish opera's greatest...
Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.