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Opera McGill’s “Alcina”: A dubious experiment in orientalism

From the cultural stereotypes in Madame Butterfly to the racism in Otello, the intersection of race and culture with opera has a dark and problematic history. Given this legacy, the East Asian setting and the specific Chinese cultural influences of Opera McGill’s production of Alcina is confusing, especially given the European libretto.  The production of… Keep Reading

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MMFA examines French Orientalism narrative of 1800s

  In the midst of the frozen pipes, depressing darkness, and the icy sidewalks that accompany a typical Montreal winter, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) is almost taunting the city to attend its sun-filled Marvels and Mirages of Orientalism exhibit currently on display.  Focusing on the juxtaposition between the “staged pictorial” works of… Keep Reading

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