Urban Planner: January 29, 2013
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Urban Planner: January 29, 2013

Today: Tyler Brûlé speaks at OCAD, Angela Meade performs with The Ontario Philharmonic, LIFT holds an open house, and Tristan und Isolde premieres at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

The Canadian Opera Company's Tristan und Isolde opens tonight. Photo by Kira Perov.

The Canadian Opera Company’s Tristan und Isolde opens tonight. Photo, from Opéra national de Paris’ 2005 production of Tristan und Isolde, by Kira Perov.

LECTURE: Tonight, OCAD’s President’s Speaker Series presents journalist and media entrepreneur Tyler Brûlé. Once a reporter for the BBC, Vanity Fair, Stern, The Sunday Times, and The Guardian, Brûlé has gone on to create several of his own companies and publications. He launched Wallpaper* in 1996, Winkreative in 1998, and Monocle magazine in 2007. OCAD Auditorium (100 McCaul Street), 5:30 p.m., FREE.

OPERA: Watch a rapturous love story unfold to Wagner’s music and Bill Viola’s video imagery tonight in Tristan und Isolde. World renowned dramatic singers Ben Heppner and Melanie Diener play the ill-fated young couple, bound by a love potion. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts (145 Queen Street West), 6:30 p.m., $60–$390, $22 for those under 30.

OPEN HOUSE: The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) opens its doors to the public tonight to show off its facilities and talk about upcoming workshops. Learn more about this cultural and educational media arts organization, and how to become a member. Staff-guided tours of the building will be provided. LIFT (1137 Dupont Street), 7–8:30 p.m., with tours at 7:15 p.m. and 8 p.m., FREE.

MUSIC: Angela Meade, a veteran of New York’s Metropolitan Opera, makes her Toronto debut tonight with “Four Last Songs,” by Richard Strauss. The Ontario Philharmonic will close the evening with “Bruckner’s Symphony no.4 ‘Romantic’,” under the direction of Marco Parisotto. Koerner Hall (273 Bloor Street West), 8 p.m., $45–75.

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