Loosening the Danforth’s iron grip on all things Greek, Estiatorio Volos finally brings top-quality Hellenic cooking to the downtown core. Formerly the pastel-hued home of seafood-centric Mediterra, the space has been gussied up considerably with rustic-chic woods and stone, and, overall, a more sophisticated ambience to satisfy Bay Streeters and theatregoers alike. The kitchen rises to the occasion, too, turning out upmarket interpretations of rustic Greek fare, including a filling seafood salad ($25) with wild Pacific salmon, halibut, tiger prawns, calamari and mussels, and flaky lamb-stuffed phyllo pastry ($22). Choose from a selection of Greek wines—very in right now—to complement any dish.
A duet of classic Italian operas hits all the right notes.
—By Amy Baker
Soaring arias, stunning sets, tales of tragedy—this month, experience dramatic performance at its finest as the Canadian Opera Company presents tour de force works by Giacomo Puccini and Giuseppe Verdi.
One of the most celebrated operas in history, La Bohème sets the stage for a love affair guaranteed to captivate the whole audience. Based on French novelist and poet Henri Murger’s autobiographical novel, Scènes de la vie de bohème, this four-act opera tells the story of Mimi and Rodolfo, two bohemians struggling over issues of infidelity, jealousy and poverty in 1830s Paris. Created by Puccini and his two librettists, Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa, the show premiered at Turin’s Teatro Regio in 1896 and received mixed reviews. However, more than a century later, it is a staple of the Italian repertory and one of the most widely performed operas in the world. As Thomas Edison once said: “Men die and governments change, but the songs of La Bohème will live forever.” The COC’s production, starring Canadians David Pomeroy and Frédérique Vézina in the lead roles, is sure to be a worthy addition to the canon of this timeless classic.