Meet Canada's Next Top Opera Stars

Marcello Cabezas | Posted 11.09.2015 | Canada Music
Marcello Cabezas

Years of work, sacrifice and commitment came down to this. A truly one-of-a-kind program, Centre Stage shines a spotlight on Canada's future opera stars competing for cash prizes, as well as a coveted spot in the COC Ensemble Studio, Canada's premier development program for young opera professionals.

Stephen Harper and the Death of Canadian Culture

Hadani Ditmars | Posted 10.10.2015 | Canada Politics
Hadani Ditmars

In light of recent announcements that the current government plans to sell off the CBC buildings across this land -- the very art of cultural commentary might not be long for this nation. As Harper slowly dismantles every political and cultural institution intrinsic to the Canadian way of life I wonder -- will the future Joni Mitchells, Leonard Cohens and Neil Youngs be left to fend for themselves?

Why You Must See Opera in the Village's 'The Mikado'

Shannon McClennan | Posted 08.20.2015 | Canada Alberta
Shannon McClennan

Gilbert and Sullivan's campy, screwball-esque comedy production is a satirical romp set in "exotic Japan". With deliberately laughable character and place names, 'The Mikado' pokes fun at the British political system, setting their criticism of Queen and country in a distant locale to soften the impact of their pointed satire.

A Night at the Opera with Harper: Die Fledermaus and Masked Avengers

Hadani Ditmars | Posted 05.06.2015 | Canada Politics
Hadani Ditmars

I wonder if any judge in late 19th-century Vienna ever asked a woman to remove her mask? And what exactly is Prime Minister Harper's position on mas...

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...