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Articles from Vol. 39, No. 2, Summer

An Die Musik: Schubert Songs and Piano Transcriptions
Kevin McMillan, baritone, & Paul Stewart, piano. CBC Records MVCD 1106. THESE ARE BOTH PERFECTLY ADEQUATE recordings by accomplished artists, but in neither is the repertoire of sufficient originality or interest to mark these recitals as necessary....
Britten Billy Bud
HAMPSON, ROLFE JOHNSON, HALFVARSON, VAN Allan; Halle Orchestra, Northern Voices, Gentlemen of the Halle Choir, Manchester Boys Choir, Kent Nagano, conductor. Erato 3984-21631-2 (2 CDs). **** THIS IS THE FIRST RECORDING OF BENJAMIN Britten's original,...
Comment (CBC Opera Broadcasts)
SUMMER IS THE OFF-SEASON FOR OPERA companies in North America and Europe, so about your only opportunity to experience live opera is if you are lucky enough to get to one of the many festivals on either continent. But if that's not in the cards this...
Complete Olympia Boronat
MARSTON RECORDS 51001-2 ONE IMPORTANT LEGACY OF THE CENTURY-plus history of the gramophone is that we have a glorious and continuous record of singing from the late 19th century. We can revisit aurally the golden age that critics like Hermann Klein...
Debut: Wendy Nielson: Soprano
IMPRESSIVE DEBUTS HAVE ALMOST BEEN A MATTER of course for New Brunswick-born soprano Wendy Nielson since she made her professional debut in 1990 with the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble as Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly. After her Butterfly...
Detailed Eloquence: ... Baritone Russell Braun Brings a Fine Sensibility to Every Note and Word
"Stand up beeg!" Renata Scotto once told baritone Russell Braun during a 1994 master class at the University of Toronto. "Remember, you are serious opera artist, not just entertainer!" The famous diva needn't have worried. Braun takes singing and...
Grand Tradition: Great Canadian Musical Figures: Ernesto Vinci 1898-1983
IN TALKING TO CANADIAN SINGERS ABOUT THEIR studies and technique, a name comes up time and again--that of Ernesto Vinci, a man who left a distinct and indelible impression upon the face of vocal music in Canada. Vinci was born Ernst Moritz, on April...
Maurice Renaud: The Complete Gramophone Recordings (1901-1908)
MARSTON RECORDS 52005-2 (2 CDS) MARSTON RECORDS 51001-2 ONE IMPORTANT LEGACY OF THE CENTURY-plus history of the gramophone is that we have a glorious and continuous record of singing from the late 19th century. We can revisit aurally the golden...
Ninon Vallin: The Complete Pathe-Art Recordings (1927-29)
MARSTON RECORDS 52006-2 (2 CDS) MARSTON RECORDS 51001-2 ONE IMPORTANT LEGACY OF THE CENTURY-plus history of the gramophone is that we have a glorious and continuous record of singing from the late 19th century. We can revisit aurally the golden...
Opera Canada Competition (Re Most Intense Experience at the Opera)
IN OUR LAST COMPETITION, WE ASKED READERS TO RELATE THEIR MOST intense experiences at the opera. The responses were varied--from the post-performance dinner with Luciano Pavarotti that still gives Claire Molson goosebumps when she thinks about it to...
Operatic Joint Ventures: Canadian Opera Company
To produce or to co-produce? In this fiscal day and age, that is the question Canadian Opera Company director Richard Bradshaw likes to talk about the mystique of the "unobtainable ticket," and for a while last fall, it looked as though his...
Rachmaninov: Aleko; the Miserly Knight; Francesca; Da Rimini: Three One-Act Operas
LEIFERKUS, GULEGHINA, CHERNOV, LARIN, Aleksashkin, Levinsky, Kotscherga, Von Otter, et al., Gothenburg Opera Chorus, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Jarvi, conductor. DG 453 452-2 (3 CDs). ***(*) IN A NOVEL AND DARING BIT OF PROGRAM-ming, Deutsche...
Saturday Afternoon at the Studio
For all the opera-lovers who tune in to the CBC every week, the best-known voice is the one that doesn't sing It's 4:15 on a Saturday afternoon at the Metropolitan Opera. Madama Butterfly is drawing to a conclusion, and Catherine Malfitano as the...
World Report: Reviews of Opera ... Australia
SYDNEY THE ONLY NEW PRODUCTION UNVEILED IN THE summer holiday season at the Sydney Opera House was Opera Australia's Tannhauser, which would have been an unequivocal triumph had the casting lived up to the promise of the stage environment. Though...
World Report: Reviews of Opera ... Austria, France, Ireland, Italy, United Kingdom
AUSTRIA VIENNA VERDI'S I VESPRI SICILIANI WAS REVIVED BY THE Vienna Staatsoper after a break of 120 years. The production was highly praised by some but severely criticized by others. The excellent singing was a definite asset. Carol Vaness shone...
World Report: Reviews of Opera ... Canada
CALGARY HUMOR, HIGH SPIRITS, AND HIGH NOTES WERE the hallmarks of Calgary Opera's new production of Rossini's familiar comic opera Il Barbiere di Siviglia. Following present practice in Calgary, the sets and costumes were rented--in this instance,...
World Report: Reviews of Opera ... United States
BOSTON DOUGLAS MOORE'S CREATIONS, AS EVIDENCED by Boston Lyric Opera's Ballad of Baby Doe, call for no-demand, regular productions, and John Latouche's sane and provoking libretto is a resilient partner. Sharon Daniels' intelligent direction allowed...
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