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Opera Atelier, Don Giovanni, 2019

Photo by Bruce Zinger

Marshall Pynkoski's stylish staging of the Mozart opera has a velocity that makes the three music-filled hours pass by quickly Read more

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Rusalka, COC, 2019

Photo by Michael Cooper

Sondra Radvanovsky proves yet again she's one of the best singing actors of our time in this gorgeous version of Dvorak's fairy-tale opera Read more

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Tamara Wilson in Turandot, 2019

Photo by Michael Cooper

Robert Wilson's production is visually striking and well sung, but the performers are directed to be like automatons Read more

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Ron Howard's portrait of the life and career of operatic tenor Luciano Pavarotti checks off all the usual boxes, but glosses over some personal details Read more

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Dean Burry and Yvette Nolan's opera brings the woman who helped document the history of the Boethuk Indigenous communities to vivid life Read more

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La Boheme, Canadian Opera Company, 2019

Photo by Michael Cooper

If you're new to opera or an aficionado, this handsome staging of Puccini's tearjerker will win you over Read more

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Kopernikus

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Against the Grain's production of Claude Vivier's dreamlike work is an absorbing, immersive experience Read more

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Chris Thornborrow and Julie Tepperman's opera/musical theatre hybrid confronts campus rape culture with urgency and artistry Read more

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Singer/songwriter's ambitious second opera lacks a heart and a consistent musical tone Read more

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Director Robert Carsen and designer Michael Levine's atmospheric staging takes its cues from Tchaikovsky's elegiac, melancholic score Read more

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Newly rediscovered writings and interviews shed light on the life and art of the legendary Greek-American soprano Read more

Toronto International Film Festival 2018

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Michael Cooper coopershoots.com

The meandering libretto is a narrative mess of historically inaccurate melodrama, but the singers come through with regal performances Read more

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Michael Cooper

Robert Lepage's remount of his Stravinsky short works program features puppets, acrobats and 67 tons of water – this ain't your typical night at the opera Read more

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Canadian Stage and Tapestry Opera's new operatic adaptation of the Gogol story proves things don't always need to be altered Read more

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Michael Cooper

Wajdi Mouawad's well-intentioned production of the problematic Mozart opera adds layers of nuance – but also causes serious pacing issues Read more

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Despite some fine performances, Christopher Alden's Canadian Opera Company production is a cerebral affair that has as much passion as a sack of mud Read more

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Danika Lorèn: opera singer

Samuel Engelking

"When puberty came, suddenly I had a very womanly body, and I didn’t know how to deal with that. It’s taken me years to feel like the woman I’m displaying to the world." Read more

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Sondra Radvanovsky soars in Canadian Opera Company's must-see season opener Read more

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From ticket prices and foreign languages to body image, soprano Ambur Braid addresses all the fears people have about the ancient art form Read more

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Win a pair of tickets to BRAVISSIMO! Opera's Greatest Hits on December 31st at Roy Thomson Hall! Read more

Music

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    1255 – (foreground, kneeling) Raphael Weinstock as Bassa Selim, Jane Archibald as Konstanze and Mauro Peter as Belmonte; (background, kneeling) Claire de Sévigné as Blonde and Owen McCausland as Pedrillo in the Canadian Opera Company’s new production of The Abduction from the Seraglio, 2018. Conductor Johannes Debus, original director Wajdi Mouawad, revival director Valérie Nègre, set designer

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    17-18-03-MC-D-0377 – Anna Christy as Gilda and Roland Wood as Rigoletto in the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Rigoletto, 2018. Conductor Stephen Lord, director Christopher Alden, set and costume designer Michael Levine, and lighting designer Duane Schuler. Photo: Michael Cooper

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    0840 – Adrianne Pieczonka as Tosca and Markus Marquardt as Scarpia in the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Tosca, 2017. Conductor Keri-Lynn Wilson, director Paul Curran, set and costume designer Kevin Knight, and lighting designer David Martin Jacques. Photo: Michael Cooper

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    1272 – Russell Braun as Louis Riel in the Canadian Opera Company’s new production of Louis Riel, 2017. Conductor Johannes Debus, director Peter Hinton, set designer Michael Gianfrancesco, costume designer Gillian Gallow, lighting designer Bonnie Beecher, and choreographer Santee Smith. Photo: Sophie I'anson – coopershoots.com

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    0898 – (l-r) Jean-Philippe Fortier-Lazure as Father André, Everett Morrison as Wandering Spirit and Keith Klassen as Father Moulin in a scene from the Canadian Opera Company’s new production of Louis Riel, 2017. Conductor Johannes Debus, director Peter Hinton, set designer Michael Gianfrancesco, costume designer Gillian Gallow, lighting designer Bonnie Beecher, and choreographer Santee Smith. Photo: Michael Cooper