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Ben McAteer Wins MyTheatre Award – Outstanding Opera Performance!

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Photo by Bill Cooper, featuring Ben McAteer (James)

Who called it?!

Scottish Opera's Ben McAteer just beat out some fierce competition to win Outstanding Opera Performance at the MyTheatre Awards for last season's The Devil Inside! Composed by Stuart MacRae with libretto by Louise Welsh, The Devil Inside was Scottish Opera's North American debut featuring international artists including Matthew Richardson, Michael Rafferty, Nicholas Sharratt, Rachel Kelly, Ben McAteer, and Steven Page.

CONGRATULATIONS to Ben and all involved in bringing this outstanding production to Toronto. We are proud and thrilled.

The Nominees for Outstanding Opera Performance:
Jane Archibald in Ariodante (Canadian Opera Company)Rachel Kelly in The Devil Inside (Tapestry Opera)Ben McAteer in The Devil Inside (Tapestry Opera) - WINNER!Erin Wall in The Marriage of Figaro (Canadian Opera Company)Sondra Radvanovsky in Norma (Canadian Opera Company)Christine Goerke in Siegfried (Canadian Opera Company)






Black Mirror

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This is the most intelligent and gripping TV I have watched in years and years. Sorry I missed it when it was first released; glad it's on Netflix now. Devastating and chilling, largely because we're almost there now. (2011, created by Charlie Brooker.)

Interview with Countertenor Scott Belluz

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Scott Belluz and Subiksha Rangarajan (as The Woman)  Photo courtesy of Domoney Artists. Used with permission.
In March, countertenor Scott Belluz starred in The Man Who Married Himself, a production by Toronto Masque Theatre in their penultimate season, which the Crow’s Nest website described thus: “Unwilling to marry a woman, a man fashions a lover from his own left side. He's enraptured by her perfect beauty—a mirror of his own—until he discovers that this new woman longs for freedom and wildly desires another. South Asian and Baroque music and performance traditions meet in a stunning new masque based on a traditional Indian folk-tale. Powerful and timely, The Man Who Married Himself is an allegory of the female and male warring within as told by 2 dancers, 3 singers and 6 musicians.” The show was very engaging, with lots of gestural and sensual stimuli, as well as unexpected humour. As someone in the talkback said, unlike most folk-tales, which in general have a moral, the endi…

Around the World Weekend

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Photo courtesy of Canstage

This weekend presented me with a lot of cultural worldviews; this post and the following are a sample of the arts I enjoyed.   Kiss caught me off guard; speaking to a friend after, it seemed that, unfortunately, half the audience thought this was a comedy and the political commentary was lost on them and somewhat ruined for us. Shout-outs to the cast. WRITTEN BY Guillermo Calderon
DIRECTED BY Ashlie Corcoran
CAST
Dalal Badr
Liza Balkan
Greg Gale
Carlos González-Vío
Naomi Wright
Bahareh Yaraghi
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR/SOUND DESIGNER Christopher Stanton
SET DESIGNER Jung-Hye Kim
COSTUME DESIGNER Jackie Chau
LIGHTING DESIGNER Rebecca Picherack
PROJECTION DESIGNER Alex Williams
ARABIC TRANSLATION/LANGUAGE COACHS alma Al Atassi
STAGE MANAGER Natasha Bean-Smith
APPRENTICE STAGE MANAGER Lucy McPhee
PRODUCER (THEATRE SMASH) Stacey Norton
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER Cody McCallum
PRODUCTION MANAGER Peter Eaton

A Man Called Ove(En man som heter Ove, 2015, dir. Hannes Holm)was, happily, not too comedic..…

At the Mod Club on Monday: Jain

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I like Jain's video "Come" for its artistry, but this one for "Makeba" is artistically more mature.  
Also check out Robert López dates here. I like "Oye Candelaria."

Good God, we're getting close to 20 years... From a professional (? It doesn't suck.) tributor.
And, just coz I like the shot from Source Code (2011, dir. Duncan Jones) with Jake Gyllenhaal: