Christine Goerke reigns over Turandot: Live in HD from The Met Opera

Today I attended the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD broadcast of Puccini’s final opera, Turandot.  The performance starred Christine Goerke (Turandot), Yusif Eyvazov (Calàf), Eleonora Buratto (Liù), and James Morris (Timur.)   Met Opera Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducted.  The production is by Franco Zeffirelli and this season’s run of Turandot (and La Boheme) are dedicated to his memoery as he passed away earlier this year.

The production is Mr. Zeffirelli’s lavish production which I have reviewed before.  The production, while lavish, also helps to take us away from our world and into Turandot’s realm.  And it allows the opera, not the director’s take on the opera, to take the lead and be the centre of attention. Continue reading

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2019 League Championship Series

The 2019 Divisional Series have now been completed and the Amercian League Championship Series (ALCS) and National League Championship Series (NLCS) are now set.

Let’s look at the two series: Continue reading

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Turandot at the COC

The Four Seasons Centre.

I attended the October 3th, 2019 performance of the Robert Wilson production of Turandot at the Canadian Opera Company (COC.)  Ther performance was well worth attending.

The performance starred Tamara Wilson (Turandot), Sergey Skorokhodov (Calaf), David Leigh (Timur), Joyce El-khoury (Liu), Adrian Timpau (Ping), Julius Ahn (Pang), and Joseph Hu (Pong).  The COC Orchestra was lead by Maestro Carlo Rizzi. Continue reading

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Baseball Wild Card Games

The Major League Baseball (MLB) regular season has now been completed, and the 10 postseason teams have now all qualified.

The postseason opens tonight, with the National League Wild Gard Game.

In the first round, the one game Wild Card Games (WCG), we see the following match-ups: Continue reading

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Second Opinion on Reserve Funds

Gerry Hyman has another article for the Toronto Star.  Let’s discuss some of the questions:

QUESTION:  Our board has received a reserve fund study which, if implemented, will bankrupt our corporation. We directors believe that the numbers in the study are out of whack. Is the board obligated to follow the recommendations of the study?

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Limits need to be placed on Condo Directors

Gerry Hyman has another article for the Toronto Star.  Let’s look at some of the questions:

QUESTION:  The president of our corporation is also the vice-president. secretary and treasurer. He is impossible to work with and is making poor decisions. How do we remove him? Our problem is that no other owner wants the difficult job. Can we hire a property manager to deal with bookkeeping and other matters?

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Toronto’s old Articulated Streetcars are Retired

September 2nd, 2019 marked the final day of service for the Toronto Transit Commission’s Articulated Light Rail Vehicle (ALRV.)

The cars, based on the shorter Canadian Light Rail Vehicle (CLRV), were longer and could therefore hold more passengers.  They entered service in 1988, nine years after the CLRV. Continue reading

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Last Day of Service for the CLRV on the 501 Queen

Today, August 31st 2019, marks the end of an era for the Toronto Transit Commission’s Canadian Light Rail Vehicle (CLRV) streetcars:

Today marks the last fay of scheduled service for the CLRV along the western portion of their 501 Queen line, which is the former 507 Long Branch car. Continue reading

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Legends of the Silk Road Come to Light Exhibit

The 2019 Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) has an interesting exhibit at the Coca-Cola Coliseum entitled Legends of the Silk Road Come to Light.

The exhibit consists of 17 different silk lanterns that are lit up, with some that move.  Continue reading

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98th Warriors’ Day Parade at the CNE

The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) is celebrating the 98th Warriors’ Day Parade on August 17th, 2019.

This year’s parade celebrated the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasions and the 76th anniversary of the beginning of the Italian Campaign.

The parade started at the Princes’ Gates through the Midway to the parking lot west of Stanley Barracks. Continue reading

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