Monday, 27 August 2012

Blogroll!! A Synonym for Love Online

To kick off week two of A Synonym for Love, we suggest you take a break on this rainy Monday to indulge in some insightful writing from the blogosphere. Our thanks to all the reviewers who've come out so far!

"Manson's eyes danced when I asked him if this experience had whetted his interest to direct more opera, so, with any luck, Toronto will soon have another regular, keen experimenter working in this artform of endless possibilities."

Read John's full take on our preview performance here

STAGE DOOR - Christopher Hoile
"Pearson's new libretto actually hews quite closely to the twists of the original plot...[her] libretto may be modern and include the odd four-letter word, but part of the humour of the piece is to see how human expressions of love, betrayal and remorse have changed so little even with the change in time and setting from bucolic to urban."

Read the full 4 Star review here

"There's a sense, as A Synonym for Love progresses, that we've gone back a bit in time. Not because we're at an opera written in 1707, but because everything's so stylish and clever and fresh. I would not have predicted that mixing a lost Handel cantata with Kiss Me, Kate (which is itself mixed with Taming of the Shrew) and setting the whole business in the Gladstone Hotel with a fourteen-piece baroque ensemble (including a theorbo) - well, it could have been a mess. But instead, it was a marvel."

Read the full review here

"The singing and acting was uniformly good. I particularly liked Atkinson's rather dark toned, almost mezzoish, soprano and she really threw herself into the role as the "betrayed lover" (as she sees it) with abandon...The band, eleven players on period instruments, under the direction of Ashiq Aziz was excellent. It was great to have something other than just keyboards for a venture of this type."

Read the full review here.

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