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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...

TorontoSt. Lawrence Quartet with Tyler Duncan

St. Lawrence Quartet with Tyler Duncan
Haydn, Golijov, Barber, Beethoven
St Lawrence String Quartet; Tyler Duncan

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: Klavierquartett in Es-Dur, Op.47
Ensemble Made In Canada

MontrealBach Incognito - Kid's concert

Bach Incognito - Kid's concert

MontrealSt John Passion

St John Passion
Bach: Johannes-Passion, BWV245
Chœur et Orchestre du Festival Bach Montréal; Julian Prégardien
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Pina's Vollmond

© Laurent Philippe
Das Tanztheater Wuppertal setzt seine Tour mit Vorstellungen von Vollmond in Ottawa und bald Montréal fort.

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.

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.

Les doux concerts de Véronique Gens au Festival d’opéra de Québec

Véronique Gens © Alexandre Weinberger | Virgin Classics
Dans une rare apparition au Canada, Véronique Gens a séduit le public du Festival d'opéra de Québec avec un programme allant de Rameau à Beethoven, interprété avec une distinction sans pareille.

La Flûte réenchantée de Robert Lepage au Festival d’opéra de Québec

John Relyea (Sarastro) et Simone Osborne (Pamina) © Louise Leblanc
La très attendue mise en scène de La flûte enchantée de Mozart au Festival d'opéra de Québec a valu un triomphe au metteur en scène Robert Lepage, qui a procédé à un véritable dépoussièrage de l'œuvre. 

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. 

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.