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Alice Coote as 'Dejanira' and David Daniels as 'Lichas'
From The
Canadian Opera Company's Production of
'Hercules' April 2014

Photo by Michael Cooper



Wednesday April 16, 2014

Review of the Canadian Opera Company's Production of 'Hercules' added …

Director Peter Sellars derived this interpretation directly from the intent of the music and an overview of the narrative. His detractors might argue the point but when Hercules tells Dejanira his deeds should be celebrated it's obvious the person he's working hardest convince is himself …

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Saturday March 29, 2014

Review of Theatre Sarnia's Production of 'Lend Me A Tenor' added …

As 'Maggie', Kathleen Smith was delightfully duplicitous but completely likeable. She initiated the surge of energy the cast seized with a series of extravagant gestures and mock righteousness that marked the tone for the show …

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Tuesday March 18, 2014

Press Releases for the Canadian Opera Company's Spring Productions added …

The COC's upcoming productions look great. The first, 'Hercules' features singers I've wanted to see for some time. The second, Donizetti's 'Roberto Devereux'features Sondra Radvanovsk, a lady who's been compared to Maria Callas. Based on what I've heard she's her own lady but the comparisons are valid. The final one, Massenet's 'Don Quichotte' features one of the great bass singers of the operatic stage, Ferruccio Furlanetto.

… Go to the COC's section to read the Press Releases

Monday March 10, 2014

Review of 'Mozart's Requiem' from Orchestra London's Masterworks Series added …

A lot of terms come to mind when thinking about Mozart's music but impressionistic isn't one of them. At least, not normally, which reasserts the well known idea that no amount of familiarity ever bring about the sense …

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Monday March 3, 2014

Review of 'The Great Canadian Songbook' from Orchestra London's Pops Series added …

The work of Canada's best songwriters is always worth looking at. It's a great reminder of the talent that's here. It shows how fresh and consistently flexible the works are and it's a lot of fun to go back …

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Sunday February 9, 2014

Review of Doug MacNaughton's CD, 'Guitarias'' added …

'Guitarias' is a collection that fits past, present or future effortlessly and that's a credit to Doug. He's a Bard who's revived the experience of having a thespian accompany himself as they share the space in your home …

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Thursday January 30, 2014

Review of the Canadian Opera Company's production of 'Cosi` fan tutte' added …

That this production is exquisitely beautiful was clear the instant the curtain rose. The team of Debra Hanson, who designed the set and costumes, along with Michael Walton who set up the lighting created a series of luminous imagery that drew inspiration from the impressionistic works of artist Frida Kahlo …

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Monday January 13, 2014

First Review of the New Year: 'Anything Goes' by the Talisker Players …

The first thing that really "jumped out" was the uncanny separation between Bud Roach's voice and the instruments accompanying him.

That was only a single facet of what was a tremendous show …

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Sunday October 27, 2013

Review of Opera Atelier's production of 'The Abduction from the Seraglio' added …

Choreographer Jeannette Lajeunesse Zing used the second half of the Overture for a dance sequence that sets the stage for the action. It was so fluid it seemed the participants had become one with the score …

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