Month: October 2017

Review: Thrilling Vocal Spectacle Distracts From Troubled Book in BAT OUT OF HELL THE MUSICAL

“I remember everything!” shouts Strat – a fitting opening to such a nostalgia-stirring show. BAT OUT OF HELL THE MUSICAL takes Jim Steinman’s epic and beloved music, originally conceived as a musical, and creates, in the Ed Mirvish Theatre, a spectacle unlike anything else. The show’s book, which leaves a lot to be desired, is upstaged by the

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Review: Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas; Rolfe’s Aeneas and Dido

To open its 17/18 farewell season on October 21, Toronto Masque Theatre presented a double bill of Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Aeneas and Dido, a new work with music by James Rolfe and libretto by André Alexis. Specializing in the artistic fusion of music, theatre and dance—Toronto Masque Theatre showcases something very intriguing in this compelling, high-calibre production. Purcell’s timeless Dido and Aeneas is

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Review: TSO Honours Maureen Forrester with Howard Shore Premiere and Mahler Favourite

One of the greatest Canadian voices in classical music, contralto Maureen Forrester was a legend. The Toronto Symphony Orchestra pays tribute to the beloved singer, in a concert of new works for Mezzo-soprano and one of Forrester’s most memorable recital pieces, Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth). Hosted by Canadian tenor, Ben Heppner, the evening

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