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 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.

First and foremost First and foremost

They say you never forget your first.

on October 14, 2019 at 11:00 AM
From a distance From a distance

The opening night of the Canadian Opera Company’s 2019-20 season was all about the Wilsons.

on September 30, 2019 at 4:18 PM
The evil that men do The evil that men do

The Canadian Opera Company’s new production of Otello is a collection of welcome returns.

on May 21, 2019 at 2:07 PM
Murder on the orientation express Murder on the orientation express

Rufus Wainwright is determined to offer a spectacle and that intention overrides all other considerations.

on October 30, 2018 at 9:00 AM
Sondra castle Sondra castle

By the end of the first act, it was clear to me that I was experiencing an artist performing at her absolute peak.

on May 06, 2018 at 8:00 AM
Mit leichtem Herz und leichten Händen Mit leichtem Herz und leichten Händen

Der Rosenkavalier (on Blu-ray and DVD) is from the Met HD broadcast which also happened to be the final performance of the run, becoming a true souvenir of the farewells of its two leading ladies.

on January 06, 2018 at 9:39 AM
Girlhood, interrupted Girlhood, interrupted

Erin Wall was an elegant, warm, and sensitive Arabella.

on October 16, 2017 at 9:00 AM
The Riel thing The Riel thing

By virtue of its subject matter and the auspicious occasion of its commissioning, Louis Riel was destined to be iconic.

on May 05, 2017 at 9:46 AM
The long and winding road The long and winding road

In her debut solo album, Jamie Barton surrounds Gustav Mahler’s staples of the song repertoire, Rückert Lieder, with the less familiar Gypsy Songs of Antonin Dvorák and select songs by Jean Sibelius.

on March 27, 2017 at 8:00 AM
Cards on the table 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

on February 27, 2017 at 10:00 AM
Woman on the verge of a repertoire breakthrough 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.

on February 05, 2017 at 3:35 PM
Harmony of contrasts Harmony of contrasts

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

on December 01, 2016 at 8:45 AM
Stop me if you’ve heard this one 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…

on April 15, 2016 at 3:35 PM
Sag, welch wunderbare Träume Sag, welch wunderbare Träume

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

on February 03, 2016 at 12:31 PM
Myths, matched Myths, matched

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

on November 03, 2015 at 9:00 AM
Awakenings 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…

on September 21, 2015 at 10:00 AM
A desert breeze whispering a lullaby A desert breeze whispering a lullaby

The studio opera recording is a rare beast these days and its arrival always a cause for celebration.

on September 14, 2015 at 10:00 AM
From the depths From the depths

I was greatly anticipating Karita Mattila’s recital on Friday in Toronto’s Koerner Hall.

on August 09, 2015 at 2:14 PM