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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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HalifaxMeasha Brueggergosman :: Classica Vocem

Measha Brueggergosman :: Classica Vocem
Debussy, Chausson, Handel, Strauss R.
Measha Brueggergosman; Philip Chiu; Jinjoo Cho; Unknown

HalifaxStéphane Tétreault and Marie-Ève Scarfone

Stéphane Tétreault and Marie-Ève Scarfone
Beethoven, Schumann, Chopin
Stéphane Tétreault; Marie-Ève Scarfone

QuebecLe Danish String Quartet au Club musical de Québec

© Caroline Bittencourt
Haydn, Traditional, Beethoven
The Danish String Quartet

QuebecSimon Keenlyside au Club musical de Québec

© Uwe Arens
Brahms, Poulenc, Ravel, Schubert
Simon Keenlyside; Malcolm Martineau

HalifaxMilton String Quartet with Pianist Philip Chiu

Milton String Quartet with Pianist Philip Chiu
Mozart, Mendelssohn
Boson Mo; Roman Fraser; Justin Almazan; Morris Joshua

HalifaxRolston String Quartet

Rolston String Quartet
Haydn, Schafer, Beethoven
Luri Lee; Emily Kruspe; Hezekiah Leung; Jonathan Lo

Quebec"Tous les matins du monde" au Club musical de Québec

© Noma
Lully, Sainte-Colombe, Caurroy, Marais, Couperin, Rameau, Leclair
Le Concert des Nations; Jordi Savall
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An evening of stars in Montreal

Myriam Simon and Constantine Allen in 7e Symphonie © Sasha Onyshchenko
It’s the end of the 17/18 season for most ballet companies and for many, this means rounding off with a glitzy gala night. I feel these performances always go in one of two directions: they’re either a Greatest Hits or a bit of a patchwork quilt. 
***11
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Betroffenheit: Pite,Young and the beauty of grief

Pite and Young's Betroffenheit © Wendy D Photography
The German word Betroffenheit doesn’t translate easily to English. Any German-English dictionary will spit out approximations like "shocked" and "dismayed", but for a real translation, see Crystal Pite and Jonathan Young’s challenging, beautiful work by the same name. 
*****
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Robyn Orlin strikes again

Albert Silindokuhle Ibokwe Khoza in Orlin's And so you see... © Robyn Orlin
Labelled a “permanent irritation” in her home country of South Africa, Robyn Orlin takes the epithet as a compliment. She’s the grain of sand that makes a pearl! An imperfect one, but still.
***11
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Experimental minimalism with TAO Dance Theater

6 © Andreas Nilsson
For China’s choreographic rising star, Tao Ye, numbers hold a pivotal significance. He works in numbered series, compiling a neat catalogue of minimalist, experimental dance that can be performed alone or sit buttressed up against each other. 
***11
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Opera Atelier's strengths reinforced with Monteverdi

Krešimir Špicer (Ulysses) and Christopher Enns (Telemaco) © Bruce Zinger | Opera Atelier
Opera Atelier's return to the earliest part of the repertoire with Monteverdi's Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria showcases their strengths in a relatively restrained production anchored by a strong ensemble cast.
***11
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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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