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Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance in Canada

The best place to find out about what's going on in Canada, whether it's an Opera in Vancouver, Concert in Montreal or Festival in Toronto...
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EdmontonVienna to Broadway

Lehár, Sullivan, Romberg, Kern, Strauss II, Loewe, Porter, Lloyd Webber, Bernstein
Edmonton Symphony Orchestra; Jack Everly; Kristen Plumley; Ted Keegan

MontrealYannick Nézet-Séguin & Serhiy Salov

Medtner, Tchaikovsky
Orchestre Métropolitain; Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Serhiy Salov

MontrealYannick Nézet-Séguin & Serhiy Salov

Medtner, Tchaikovsky
Orchestre Métropolitain; Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Serhiy Salov

MontrealYannick Nézet-Séguin & Serhiy Salov

Medtner, Tchaikovsky
Orchestre Métropolitain; Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Serhiy Salov

EdmontonLate Night Bernstein

Bernstein
Edmonton Symphony Orchestra; William Eddins

EdmontonBernstein & Vaughan Williams

Bernstein, Vaughan Williams
Edmonton Symphony Orchestra; William Eddins; Andrew Wan

TorontoPenderecki Quartet

Penderecki Quartet
Schumann, Murphy, Elgar
Penderecki String Quartet
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Crisper, tighter, more relevant: Alden's Rigoletto at the COC

Roland Wood (Rigoletto) © Michael Cooper
Christopher Alden’s production of Verdi’s Rigoletto returned to Toronto tighter, more focussed and with fewer dramatic incongruities. Add to this that every aspect of the music making was top notch and it made for a fine evening at the theatre.
****1
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Les Grands' Casse Noisette

© Veronyc Vachon
Casse Noisette (the Nutcracker) is an annual tradition for shrieking hoardes of ballet-lovers all over the globe. If you want to keep it real, I heartily recommend a Sunday matinee.
***11
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Defiant Beethoven Fifth in Vancouver

Alexandre Bloch © Alex Hungary
Paroxysmal energy of the Vancouver Symphony in Beethoven's Fifth Symphony
***11
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Hofesh's Grand Finale in Montreal

© Rahi Rezvani
It’s easy to feel like the world is on the brink of oblivion sometimes. 
*****
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Les Grands Ballets: spirituality front and centre

Dancers of Les Grands Ballets in Clug's Stabat Matter © Sasha Onyshchenko
Les Grands Ballets has a new Artistic Director – Ivan Cavallari – and 13 new dancers, mostly cherry-picked from some of Europe’s best ballet companies. Montreal audiences are in for a thorough journey through European contemporary ballet movements; which is not so far from the trajectory the previous Artistic Director Gradimir Pankov established during his tenure
***11
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A rousing Carmina burana in Toronto

Nicola Benedetti © Simon Fowler
A crowd-pleaser is joined by a Szymanowski rarity to close the TSO's season. 
****1
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Pictures at an Exhibition from the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec

Fabien Gabel © Gaetan Bernard
Fabien Gabel and the Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec present inventive and colorful musical pictures by Schmitt, El-Khoury, Honegger, Zappa and Richard Strauss.
*****
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