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Ali Kashani

Based in Toronto, Ali Kashani caught the opera bug as a young teen and has progressively and obsessively grown his love of the art form through recordings, magazines and participation in on-line groups. He proudly tries to insert opera into the lives of all he touches. He has been reading parterre.com for over a decade and began contributing reviews in 2015.
Ali has given opera talks and moderated discussion panels for the Canadian Opera Company and used to be regular panelist on the now-defunct CBC Opera Quiz with Stuart Hamilton. Though he has musical training, his goal of taking vocal lessons is still, regrettably, on the to-do list.



Girlhood, interrupted

"Follow the money."

“Follow the money.”

More than 80 years after its Dresden premiere, Arabella – the last collaboration by Richard Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannsthal – has finally made its way to the Canadian Opera Company, opening the 2017-18 season.  Read more »

The Riel thing

By virtue of its subject matter and the auspicious occasion of its commissioning, Louis Riel was destined to be iconic. The subject matter is a founding member of the province of Manitoba, who fought and ultimately died for his province in the early days of Canada. The occasion was Canada’s centennial and a prestigious commission to write an opera worthy of the moment.  Read more »

The long and winding road

Jamie Barton has one of the great voices in the world today, sumptuous, flexible, and capable of light and shade, her sizeable mezzo pours forth seamlessly. Her tremendous operatic potential has already found a firm footing. She has sung Adalgisa and Giovanna, Fricka and Jezibaba—all to acclaim. In a recent Opera News feature, she said that Eboli and Azucena are on the way (though not Amneris) and that she feels entirely at home singing Wagner.  Read more »

Cards on the table

The Canadian Opera Company scored a coup when they secured Christine Goerke for the revival of their Ring productions over the last three seasons

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Woman on the verge of a repertoire breakthrough

Revive is a manifesto of sorts, declaring Elina Garanca’s intentions for the new direction in her career.

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Harmony of contrasts

Joyce DiDonato’s atest album, In War & Peace: Harmony through music, is more specific than it sounds.

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one

Louis XVI, Marie-Antoinette, and a slew of their members of court are hanging out in the afterlife…

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Sag, welch wunderbare Träume

First seen in 2005, Siegfried makes a welcome return as a stand-alone production this season.

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Myths, matched

“CanCon”, or Canadian Content, is always a concern in Canadian cultural discourse.

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Awakenings

There is a simple elegance to the single-composer recital album format. For the listener in the mood for, say, Puccini, it’s a chance to delve into his music without any pesky interruptions by those other guys like Verdi or Massenet. And if one is also in the mood for a particular singer’s art, then the choice is even more straightforward. For the singer, it is an opportunity to showcase and explore the variety and nuance that a single composer offers to his/her voice type, while also displaying his/her own skill at presenting a varied recital experience within narrow confines.  

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