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Marie Clements: BONES OF CROWS

A Q&A at TIFF in September regarding Marie’s latest film: “An epic account of the life of Cree matriarch Aline Spears that spans generations, Marie Clements’ Bones of Crows is a powerful indictment of the abuse of Indigenous peoples as well as a stirring story of resilience and resistance.” Together with Pacific Opera Victoria, we […]

VANCOUVER Urban Design & Remarkable Architecture

Often described as the most liveable city in North America, Vancouver has long suffered from tedious tower design. Everything seems to look like a vertical coffin covered in green glass, and utterly uninspired. But in recent years, when looking up, we see a dense urban core finally gaining distinction and character. Here’s a look at […]


The late mezzo Rose-Ellen Nichols died in January this year, age 41. In her brief life she had astonished and amused, lifted and roared, created and committed. She was vivid. For City Opera, she created three roles:  Pauline Johnson in Atwood and Stokes’ PAULINE (2014). Distinguished Lady in THE LOST OPERAS OF MOZART (2016). Native […]


New opera is alive and very well, thanks to the enterprise and imagination of Tapestry Opera in Toronto, and Opera on the Avalon in Newfoundland. In 2019, they gave the world premiere of a powerful new piece set in 1829, “on a haunting journey through the last days of a Beothuk woman who had lost […]

Rufus Wainwright HADRIAN

  Three years ago this month, the Canadian Opera Company gave the world premiere of a new opera, HADRIAN, starring Thomas Hampson and our own Isaiah Bell. Here is its trailer, and foretelling.

Matthew Li MOZART Madamina, il catalogo è questo

One of the breakout stars of City Opera’s new CHINATOWN was bass Matthew Li in the role of Xon Pon. He dazzled audiences and critics, for very good reason. A master of new music, he is also apprentice to the great canon. Here he is, just one year ago in an excerpt from Don Giovanni. […]

Bramwell Tovey ANDALUZA

Our great friend, the late conductor Bramwell Tovey, had a long and deep ambition:  to conduct at the famous BBC Proms in the Royal Albert Hall. He achieved this in the summer of 2019, just weeks after concluding a very difficult course of radiation meant to treat his cancer, Ewing’s Sarcoma. With his usual conviction […]

Roger Doucet O CANADA+

  Who says hockey isn’t musical? Our national anthem has, since Roger Doucet and the Montréal Canadiens and his first performance at the Forum on 13 October 1970, changed. Originally, it ended by falling to the sub-tonic and rising by half-step to the tonic and its traditional conclusion. So great was Doucet’s rendition, and so […]


  Deeply admired in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside for her compassionate community work, a decade ago Sharon Kravitz took a degree in documentary filmmaking at Capilano University. Her remarkably prescient ‘Dear Vancouver’ was the result. It remains alert and pointed today.