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Posts for September 2011

A Bizarre Fashion Video for Proenza Schouler

By art life and stilettos · September 29, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

An evening with Maestro Stefano Montanari

By art life and stilettos · September 27, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Photo c/o Operatoonity

Photo: Bruce Zinger/Opera Atelier

Maestro Stefano Montanari is back in Toronto as guest conductor for Opera Atelier's latest production of Mozart’s sensuous, sexual rom-com Don Giovanni, and you are invited to meet him. He will be giving a talk about his career and his interpretation of the extraordinary music composed by W. A. Mozart on Monday, October 3, 2011 - 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Istituto Italiano di Cultura – 496, Huron St., Toronto. Admission is free.

Did I mention he's a fantastic whistler? Watch this video, someone should give him a Grammy for this.

Sweeping Beauty

By art life and stilettos · September 25, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Candice Swanepoel | Giambattista Valli Fall 2011 Couture | Harper’s Bazaar October 2011

Marc Jacobs New York Spring/Summer 2012

By art life and stilettos · September 24, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Shawn Brackbill goes behind the scenes at Marc Jacobs for Interview Magazine

Filed in: Fashion
Tagged with: NYFW 2012, marc jacobs

Welcome back to Art Life and Stilettos, Season 2!

By art life and stilettos · September 22, 2011 · 0 Comments ·


Welcome back friends, I am officially back in Toronto and excited as ever to have Art Life and Stilettos back up and running after an, admittedly long, summer hiatus. To fill you in, I spent much of this summer away from Toronto. My summer began with a short trip to Los Angeles, then led me across the ocean to Europe, where I spent five weeks in the gorgeous Italian island of Sicily. In July, I had the great opportunity to spend a month in the Munich, Germany. The weather was cool but the opera was hot. The Bayerische Staatsoper was in swing with their popular Munich Opera Festival, where I had the opportunity to see Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Conducted by Johannes Debus, with Jennifer O'Loughlin as Konstanze and Pavol Breslik as Belmonte; Don Giovanni with Gerald Finley as the Drunken, swinging Don and Alex Esposito as a hilarious Leporello. Veronique Gens, and Erin Wall rounded out the cast; Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos, conducted by Kent Nagano and production by Robert Carsen, with outstanding performance by Daniela Sindram as the heartbroken Komponist, and Daniela Fally as a smoking Zerbinetta; Maurice Ravel's L'Enfant et les sortilèges with Alexander Zemlinsky's Der Zwerg, conducted by Kent Nagano and featuring Camilla Tilling as Die Prinzessin and Donna Clara, and Paul Gay as Der Sessel / Ein Baum and Don Estoban.

Besides hearing great opera, I spent my month pursuing my own operatic training, working on my technique, coaching with top professionals and attending acting workshops. It was a fabulous month for my vocal growth, that is for sure.

The cherry on the sundae after a musical month in Munich was a stunning Liederabend recital with pianist Helmut Deutsch, featuring works by Strauss and Liszt.

After saying goodbye to Munich, I went back to the south of Italy for some well needed beach time. Munich is beautiful but alas the cool, rainy weather left something to be desired. From la bella Italia, I'm back in Toronto.

I have a lot on the go with training, and graduate school but now that I'm back in the swing of things I am very excited to get Art Life and Stilettos back on her feet again. Just as the seasons change for opera companies and in fashion, this season Art Life and Stilettos will have a bit of a make-over too. Stay tuned for updates.

Susan Graham (centre) as Iphigenia in the Lyric Opera of Chicago production, 2006. Photo: Robert Kusel


Tonight, I'm off to see opening night of the Canadian Opera Company's new season. Gluck's Iphigenia in Tauris is slated to open the house and will feature the ever lovely Susan Graham as Iphigenia.

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