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Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance in Canada

Find classical music concert, opera, ballet and dance listings | 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...


Leila Josefowicz © Chris Lee
Interview

Leila Josefowicz: musical explorer

Virtuoso violinist and contemporary muse Leila Josefowicz talks about her efforts to add new pieces to the violin repertoire.
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MontrealKent Nagano Conducts Messiaen and Fauré's Requiem

Messiaen, Fauré
Orchestre symphonique de Montréal; Kent Nagano; Yuri Favorin; Andrew Megill; OSM Chorus

MontrealLa Flûte enchantée

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)
Christopher Allen; Barrie Kosky; Opéra de Montréal; Aaron Blake; Rachel Sterrenberg; Olga Pudova; Dominik Köninger

MontrealClosing Concert: Kent Nagano conducts Mahler's Resurrection Symphony

Mahler: Symphony no. 2 in C minor 'Resurrection'
Orchestre symphonique de Montréal; Andrew Megill; Camilla Tilling; Mihoko Fujimura; OSM Chorus; Kent Nagano

TorontoRachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances

Di Castri, Grieg, Rachmaninov
Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Karina Canellakis; Lars Vogt

TorontoAll Beethoven

Beethoven
Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Sir Andrew Davis; James Ehnes

TorontoDavis conducts and plays Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony

Davis, Strauss R., Saint-Saëns
Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Sir Andrew Davis

QuebecAlbrecht Mayer et Fabian Müller au Club musical de Québec

© Harald Hoffmann et Neda Navaee
Mozart, Schumann, Klemcke, Brahms, Beethoven
Albrecht Mayer; Fabian Müller
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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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The OSM plays exquisitely at Montreal’s Schubert Festival

Rihab Chaieb and the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal © Antoine Saito
As part of its Schubert Festival, the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal wowed the audience with a concert that featured excerpts from Rossini operas as well as two Schubert symphonies.
****1
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Viotti and Bronfman collaborate for exquisite performance in Montreal

Yefim Bronfman © Dario Acosta
Yefim Bronfman's performance of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 24 highlighted Maestro Lorenzo Viotti's guest-conducting appearance with Montreal's Orchestre Symphonique.
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Orchestre symphonique de Montréal premieres Moussa's Violin Concerto

Kent Nagano © Antoine Saito
Native sons Samy Moussa and Andrew Wan combine their considerable talents for a sensational world premiere of a violin concerto that was commissioned by the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal.
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Sir András Schiff dazzles with Montreal’s Orchestre Symphonique

Sir András Schiff and the OSM © Antoine Saito

Sir András Schiff performed Haydn and Beethoven concertos with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal and young assistant conductor Thomas Le Duc-Moreau rises to the challenge conducting Brahms.

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The Italian Connection: Nézet-Séguin and OM head south

Yannick Nézet-Séguin © Hans van der Woerd

Three Montreal luminaries of symphonic music, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Marina Thibeault and Violet Archer, contributed to a delightful afternoon concert entitled Berlioz in Italy.

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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.

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