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This month, we talk to Tyrone Paterson, Manitoba Opera’s Music Advisor and Principal Conductor, who conducted both Rigoletto and Aida this season and will be conducting Don Pasquale in November. Mr. Paterson is one of Canada’s major opera conductors and has also led performances throughout Europe, the US, and Asia.

1. Who was your favourite pop star growing up? Olivia Newton John.

2. What is your favourite children’s book?
Love You Forever by Robert Munsch.

The Canadian Opera Company premiered them in 1983, and since then audiences have been guided through an opera's libretto in their native tongue. Despite occasional poor translations, technical glitches and some directors' resistance to them, they have become standard and popular at almost every opera.

Opera by Request presents Douglas Moore's Ballad of Baby Doe in a semi-staged format, Saturday, May 11, 7:30 pm, College St. United Church, 452 College St (corner of Bathurst). All tickets $20. Phone 416 455-2365 for reservations and information.
San Francisco Opera wanted to fling open its doors, and find a new audience. The plan it came up with involved the Giants's stadium – and you could say they hit it out of the park. People from all walks of life huddle on the field in sleeping bags ...
In 2004, soprano Deborah Voigt lost a role with the Royal Opera House due to her weight. The incident sparked a debate about superficial values encroaching on the musical purity of opera. Voigt ultimately slimmed down and was recast with the opera ...
P. Scott Cunningham

P. Scott Cunningham

Three years ago, a group of friends and I started to dream up what a lot of people considered impossible: a festival that would bring poetry to all 2.6 million residents of Greater Miami.

“I feel really blessed that the Opera decided this needed to be sung because I never learned any of this in school,” she said. “We never talked about it. It was totally a non-topic. It was Jim Wright, general director of the Vancouver Opera, who read ...

The “Opera in the Avalon” festival starts May 21 in St. John's Newfoundland and runs to June 23. This year's festival will feature Verdi's La Traviata, directed by Michael Cavanagh and conducted by Judith Yan, Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, directed by Chas ...
Tawdry, titillating and Teutonic, the Canadian Opera Company's Salome is the sort of production that will thrill some viewers, amuse others, and enrage a few – and that's pretty much as it should be. Richard Strauss intended the one-act opera as an ...