Tag Archives: Richard Wagner

Singers Shine in Götterdämmerung

I attended the February 17th, 2017 performance of Götterdämmerung at the Canadian Opera Company.  The production stars Christine Goerke (Brünnhilde), Andreas Schager (Siegfried), Ain Anger (Hagen), Martin Gantner (Gunther).  The production is conducted by the COC Music Director Johannes Debus, … Continue reading

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Tristan Und Isolde Live in HD: Pairing Excellence with Confusion

On October 8th, the Metropolitan Opera opened their 2016-2017 Live in HD series with the new production of Wagner’s epic Tristan und Isolde.  It was both wonderful and confusing. The production stars Stuart Skelton as Tristan, Nina Stemme as Isolde, … Continue reading

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Siegfried a Hit and a Miss at the COC

On Sunday February 14th, 2016, I caught the last performance of Wagner’s Siegfried at the Canadian Opera Company (COC).  It was both breathtaking and disheartening. The production is by Canadian director François Girard with sets by Michael Levine. David Finn … Continue reading

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Tannhäuser a Success

The Metropolitan Opera broadcast a performance of their current run of Tannhäuser as part of their Live in HD series on October 31st. The performance starred Johan Botha as the knight Tannhäuser, Eva-Maria Westbroek as Elisabeth, Michelle DeYoung as Venus, … Continue reading

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Jon Vickers has Passed Away

Jon Vickers, the legendary Canadian heldentenor, has passed away at the age of 88.  His family announced that he had been suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease for a number of years. Mr. Vickers was born October 29th, 1926 in Prince Albert, … Continue reading

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Singers Save Die Walküre

I attended the February 13th, 2015 performance of Richard Wagner‘s Die Walküre currently being performed by the Canadian Opera Company at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. The performance starred Christine Goerke as Brünnhilde, in her first staged … Continue reading

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Canadian Opera Company Announces 2015-2016 Season

The Canadian Opera Company (COC) has announced its 2015-2016 season.  All performances will take place at their opera house, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. The season is a mix of familiar works, along with some less familiar … Continue reading

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Splendid Die Meistersinger in HD

On December 13th, the Metropolitan Opera presented Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg as part of its Live in HD broadcast schedule.  The production was directed by Otto Schenk with sets by Gunther Schneider-Siemssen.  The performance starred Michael Volle (Hans Sachs), … Continue reading

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Canadian Opera Company Announces New Season

The Canadian Opera Company (COC) has announced its 2014-15 season. The new season sees a reduction in the number of productions from seven operas to six.  three performances are new, while the other three are revivals.  Some are the COC’s … Continue reading

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Bugs Bunny at the Symphony

Last night I attended a performance of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts.  The performance was entitled “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony.”  Many Looney Tunes episodes deal with music, and as such an idea was … Continue reading

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