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For the Love of Opera: Lucia di Lammermoor

There’s a buzz throughout the Four Seasons Centre on the opening night of Lucia. Perhaps it’s the start anew of the spring season or perhaps the audience is in on a little secret: ground is going to be broken t...
Photo: Bruce Zinger / The Company of The Magic Flute (2013).

For the love of Opera: The Magic Flute

In my workplace, I always like to play to my strengths, because I produce better work when I know I’m passionate about it. And even if it’s the same task I’m executing, each version has its own interpretation a...
Sic Semper Tyrannis written in paint on wall in The Canadian Opera Company's production of La clemenza di Tito, Toronto, Ontario

For the love of opera: La clemenza di Tito

Author's Note: Full disclosure, due to taxi troubles and a snowstorm, I missed the beginning of La clemenza di Tito and watched the first act from the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre on screen. I learned three th...
(l – r) Daveda Karanas as Brangäne, Melanie Diener as Isolde, Ben Heppner as Tristan and Franz-Josef Selig as King Marke in the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Tristan und Isolde, 2013. Conductor Johannes Debus, director Peter Sellars, visual artist Bill Viola, costume designer Martin Pakledinaz and lighting designer James F. Ingalls. Photo: Michael Cooper

For the love of opera: Tristan und Isolde

Your ears are hungry; let them feast on Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde. In my attempt to review operas as entertainment for a newer and wider audience, I often write that opera is a wholly sensory experience. ...