Opera Reviews

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Tosca

Vittorio Grigolo’s performance of ‘E Lucevan le Stelle’ as Cavaradossi moved me to tears as never before in this production of Tosca on Thursday the 3...
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The Damnation of Faust

‘La damnation de Faust’ is, even by Berlioz’ standards, an odd work. Neither opera nor oratorio, but a self-styled ‘dramatic legend’, it is normally c...
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Phaedra

This concert-opera (konzertoper) piece must be heard a number of times before one can grasp some of the music’s intricate and fascinating instrumental...
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Against Nature

James Kudelka’s masterpiece, Against Nature, returns to the stage at Citadel + Compagnie. Against Nature is based on À rebours (1884), by the Frenc...
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The Passenger

Reviewing The Passenger is a very unusual and challenging task. An opera that brings to life the very dark days of Europe during WWII is performed in ...
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Otello

I will readily admit that Otello is my personal favorite of all Verdi operas. The magnificent choruses, searing ensembles, and tender arias, all frame...
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La Bohème

La Bohème Giacomo Puccini Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica Canadian Opera Company Directed by John Caird Cast (in order of appearanc...
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Roberto Devereux

The works of Donizetti are loved by some for the opportunities they provide for great singers to display their wares. In the bel canto world he domina...
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Faust

To lose one soprano may be regarded as a misfortune – to lose two turns out to be a piece of good luck for Covent Garden because it brought to the sta...
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Diary of One Who Disappeared

Can it ever truly be love if it is spawned from an obsession? We see scattered throughout history, literature, and modern pop culture the notion that ...