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Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

JASCHA HEIFETZ by John Maltese, MM, and John Anthony Maltese, PhD “Practice like it means everything in the world to you. Perform like you don’t give a damn.” The triumphs of Jascha Heifetz are well known: public debut in his home­town of Vilnius, Russia, at the age of 5; Berlin Philharmonic debut at the age [..]

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Much about the career of Shirley Verrett (1931-2010) went in unusual directions. She began her career as a mezzo, and ended as a soprano. She was a black woman who demanded attention and respect from a white-dominated world in opera. Born into a strict Seventh Day Adventist family, little about her early ambition was supported [..]

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Johannes Brahms never wrote an opera. Nor did Mahler, nor Bruckner. But in every regard the dramatic impulse was present in all, and in this marvelous new recording of Ein deutsches Requiem, Op 45, it dominates. When first conducting the German Requiem as a grad student at Stanford, I was perplexed by the issue confronting [..]

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

I met him once only. It was on 17 November 1974, at The Met. The occasion was Horowitz’ first recital in six years, and everyone was there. During intermission I spotted Isaac Stern and went to speak with him. He greeted me like an old but forgotten friend, asked what I was doing “these days”, [..]

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Mozart thought of himself as a composer of opera above all. So too does conductor James Levine in a masterful new recording of five Mozart symphonies. Just released on the house label of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, these are five compelling essays in lyric and aria, all without words and all premised on song. They [..]

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City Opera Vancouver » Recitals

Vancouver’s lovely weather drove us from Pigeon Park to the InterUrban Gallery where, dryness and many friends in attendance, we again offered our music for residents of the Downtown Eastside. This Festival is organized annually by the Community Arts Network of the Community Arts Council of Vancouver, with support from many fine people and organizations.


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City Opera Vancouver » Auditions

We thank all of those singers who permitted us to hear them, and all of the volunteers who made those two days so efficient and welcoming. Auditions for City Opera’s new Annenberg/Explore chamber opera project have now concluded. There are no other City Opera Vancouver auditions scheduled at this time.


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City Opera Vancouver » Newsletter

Composer Tobin Stokes and librettist Heather Raffo were joined by our cast, director John Wright, story consultant Christian Ellis, staff pianist Dr Greg Caisley, and the Board and friends of the company. We thank the many scholars and musicians who have recommended repertoire for this new series — and especially thank manager Raymond Bisha, the Director of Media Relations for Naxos in North America.