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- Gabriel Preisser, new director of Opera Orlando and inaugural season (Article , Esteban Meneses - Examiner.com)
- Why a newspaper trashed its own opera review (Commentary , Anne Midgette - Washington Post)
Two weeks ago, Canada’s National Post took down a review of the Canadian Opera Company’s “Maometto II.” On Tuesday afternoon, they put it up again. In the meantime, their critic – Arthur Kaptainis, who took a buyout from the Montreal Gazette in 2007 and has been contributing stories and reviews on a freelance basis to both the Gazette and the National Post in the years since – resigned. Which, for a freelancer, may be as simple as ceasing to pitch reviews.
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- Singing is primo in Maometto II (Review , Arthur Kaptainis - Musical Toronto)
Not so long ago, The Barber of Seville was the only opera by Rossini in the regular rotation. Now we have access to such rarities as Maometto II. The three-hour-and-20-minute show at the Four Seasons Centre can be recommended heartily to bel canto enthusiasts and cautiously to general opera lovers who are endowed with the appropriate mix of curiosity and patience.
- Madam Butterfly, English National Opera (Article , Alexandra Coghlan - The Arts Desk)
- Critic Quits after Newspaper Bows to Pressure and Pulls his Opera Review (News , Norman Lebrecht - Slipped Disc)
Arthur Kapitainis is probably the most respected music critic in Canada.
Just not by the Canadian Opera Company.
When COC read his review for Mametto II online in the National Post they sent over a complaint to demand its removal (recte: two corrections). Unbelievably, the weak-kneed newspaper obliged.