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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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TorontoDavid Briggs Requiem

David Briggs Requiem
Briggs: Requiem
Unknown; David Briggs

HalifaxMezzo-Soprano Julie Nesrallah

Mezzo-Soprano Julie Nesrallah
Rossini, Poulenc, Grovlez, Hahn, Grothe, Ravel, Falla, Bizet, Massenet, Hamlisch, Arlen, Bolcom
Julie Nesrallah; Robert Kortgaard

QuebecLe Danish String Quartet au Club musical de Québec

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

TorontoEnsemble Made In Canada

Ensemble Made In Canada
Schumann: Piano Quartet in E flat Major, Op.47
Ensemble Made In Canada

MontrealBach Incognito - Kid's concert

Bach Incognito - Kid's concert

HalifaxSara Davis Buechner

Sara Davis Buechner
Mozart, Suesse, Gershwin
Sara Davis Buechner, Piano

MontrealSt John Passion

St John Passion
Bach: St John Passion, BWV245
Chœur et Orchestre du Festival Bach Montréal; Julian Prégardien
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Les Grands taps into the emotional depths of Lady Chatterley's Lover

Raphael Bouchard and Eline Malegue in Lady Chatterley's Lover © Sasha Onyschenko
Les Grands Ballets Canadiens has brought a brand new piece to the stage; a neo-classical adaptation of D.H. Lawrence’s controversial novel, Lady Chatterley’s Lover.
****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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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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