Tosca for beginners

published: February, 10, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Opera, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy goes to the Canadian Opera Company production of the Puccini war horse, Tosca, and says it’s a good show for opera newbies to get their feet wet with.

Tosca for beginners

Last night the significant other and I went to the opera, which is not quite as la-de-da as it sounds. The opera crowd is far more diverse than it used to be. True, there are plenty of middle-aged frumps, and older, but there are also gays aplenty and yes - last night at least, tons of twenty-somethings in tight jeans and black everything. People don’t dress up for it anymore, or a lot don’t, and that’s good, I think.  Could be the crowd make-up was a reflection of the fact that the b

AIDA – Or is that Evita ? & Carlos - the boring life of a mercenary

published: November, 10, 2010 Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Movies, Opera

Really, how can men in business suits and ties be believed singing lines like “let’s pray to Isis for the safe return of our warriors” ?

I went to see the opera Aida last week. What a mixed up hash of a production. The story is supposed to take place in ancient Egypt where a war is raging with Ethiopia. Aida is the Ethopian king’s daughter. For reasons which are a complete mystery, the director put everyone in modern dress. Aida looks like the night cleaner in an office building or “me on a really bad day” as I heard one patron remark at intermission.Really, how can men in business suits and ties be believed singing line