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Classical music, opera, ballet and dance in Toronto, ON, Canada

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COC's visually arresting Hänsel und Gretel brimming with ideas

Simone Osborne (Gretel), Emily Fons (Hänsel) and Michael Colvin (Witch) © Michael Cooper
Leaving unresolved loose ends aside and viewed from a child’s perspective, Joel Ivany’s new Hänsel und Gretel at the Canadian Opera Company it’s a fun night at the opera.
***11
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Classic Robert Wilson: Turandot opens Canadian Opera Company season

Tamara Wilson (Turandot) © Michael Cooper

Director Robert Wilson and conductor Carlo Rizzi combine effectively to create a visually striking and musically memorable Turandot that emphasizes the hieratic and the mythical with a notable absence of unnecessary histrionics.

****1
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A briskly conducted Bohème revived in Toronto

Miriam Khalil (Mimì) and Joshua Guerrero (Rodolfo) © Michael Cooper
The COC's revival production of Puccini's La bohème is an enjoyable trip to the opera but it won't blow your socks off.
***11
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Kopernikus: immersive, disorienting, thought-provoking

Bruno Roy © Darryl Block Photography
Against the Grain's production of Vivier's Kopernikus is an immersive and thought provoking realisation of the composer's late Opera – rituel de mort. It's music theatre of a rare intensity, brilliantly executed. 
*****
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Outstanding singing in COC’s Così fan tutte

Così fan tutte © Michael Cooper
Despite an abundance of incongruous symbols, this Toronto performance was remarkable for its outstanding singing.
****1
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Robert Carsen's Eugene Onegin ages gracefully at COC

Joyce El-Khoury (Tatyana) © Michael Cooper
Robert Carsen's Eugene Onegin was binned by the Met but works wonderfully in its revival by the Canadian Opera Company COC with high class singing and acting from a young, engaging cast.
****1
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