This is a blog mainly focussed on classical vocal music; opera, art song and choral. I try to cover more than just the standard grand opera, symphonic and recital repertoire. If there’s an interesting new music, genre bending or fusion project that intersects with my mainstream interests I’m up for it. I’ve been running the blog since August 2010 when I started it as a writing project with no expectation that anyone much would read it. Much to my surprise it proved quite popular and now gets up to 8000 hits/month. It’s also got me a certain amount of recognition which means I get to see a lot more shows than I could ever afford to go to and even the occasional writing gig beyond the blog. I’ve appeared in several COC and other podcasts and written reviews and features for Opera Canada magazine.
In terms of live performance, my beat is mainly Toronto. You will find me at the COC, the TSO when it makes sense, the University and the Conservatory and at the smaller opera and genre defying companies that make the Toronto scene so intriguing. I also review video recordings. There are well over 450 DVD and Blu-ray reviews on this site.
I am on Twitter as @johngilks and should you feel moved to contact me by email, I’m jgilks AT rogers DOT com.
The title banner image shows Alan Oke in Tim Albery’s production of Britten’s Peter Grimes that took place on (freezing) Aldeburgh beach in 2013. The image is cropped from a vidcap from the Blu-ray recording.