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Thank You For the Music, Paris

Adam Moscoe | Posted 11.22.2014 | Canada
Adam Moscoe

"Oh to be young and going to Paris for the first time," exclaimed an elderly gentleman who donned his best sweatervest for a concert at the Ottawa Int...

Les Parapluies de Cherbourg: Incurably Romantic

Adam Moscoe | Posted 11.16.2014 | Canada
Adam Moscoe

Walking away from Theatre Châtelet this afternoon, I felt as though my relationship with France and its notoriously perplexing people and culture had...

Is This Opera Really Anti-Semitic?

Adam Moscoe | Posted 08.18.2014 | Canada
Adam Moscoe

The Metropolitan Opera recently announced it would cancel a planned worldwide cinema broadcast of John Adams' haunting opera, The Death of Klinghoffer. Indeed the whole opera has been criticized -- including by Lisa and Ilsa Klinghoffer, the daughters of Leon and Marilyn Klinghoffer -- as humanizing and even justifying acts of terrorism.

Seduction and Abandonment: Don Giovanni As a Model for U.S. Foreign Policy

Hadani Ditmars | Posted 05.04.2014 | Canada
Hadani Ditmars

As I took in the opening night of Vancouver Opera's Don Giovanni on the weekend, I realized there was something vaguely familiar about the libertine p...

On a Wig and an Aria: Atom Egoyan's Ship Sails In

Stephen Weir | Posted 03.30.2014 | Canada
Stephen Weir

First Comedy for Toronto's Film and Opera Director Sailing ship in blue wig It is night-time in downtown Toronto. The opera, Cosi Fan Tutte, has j...

Who Said Vancouver Was Drama-Free? Tosca Proves the Opposite

Hadani Ditmars | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Music
Hadani Ditmars

Vancouver Opera's Tosca is a true celebration of life. Despite the unhappy ending that all opera lovers know, there is such unbridled passion, joy a...

Graffiti on Germany's Elite and Mona Lisa

Diane Francis | Posted 10.29.2013 | Canada
Diane Francis

(caption: street graffiti on Bayreuth sidewalks showing Wagner sticking out his tongue and his "w" initial) BAYREUTH, GERMANY -- Privileged Richard ...

Vancouver Opera's La Boheme Reminds me of My Paris Days

Hadani Ditmars | Posted 12.27.2012 | Canada Living
Hadani Ditmars

Warning: before you take in the final performance of Vancouver Opera's La Boheme, some Prozac may be required. It helped me drift back to my own bohemian existence, many moons ago, when I lived in a Parisian garret in St Germain des pres. I had almost no possessions, no telephone -- I also busked on weekends in le Marais, singing gypsy songs and Leonard Cohen ballads.

Talking Opera with Arts & Crafts Record Label President

Mary Warner | Posted 12.02.2012 | Canada Music
Mary Warner

Jeffrey Remedios is the co-founder and president of Arts & Crafts, a record label and production company. He did offer some advice to those looking to start their own label: "Have Broken Social Scene be the first band you sign." For the first three years of the label, they were able to work with Broken Social Scene, their friends and band members' side projects.

An Illuminating Lunch with Luminato's Artistic Director

Mary Warner | Posted 08.08.2012 | Canada Living
Mary Warner

Jorn Weisbrodt, the new artistic director for Luminato, which runs from June 8 until June 17, sat down with me for lunch. As a new Torontonian, Jorn had almost as many questions for me as I did for him, but somehow, I left wondering more and more about this great city we live in, and what will happen when Luminato opens its doors this month...