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Rob Ford: The Opera

La Scena Musicale Magazine and Blog:

"The four composers are quite skillful in their (generally sparse) orchestration, sticking with tonal music and avoiding the intellectual - and thus potentially less accessible - approach. Worthy of particular praise is Massimo Guida's contribution in Scene's 1 and 2. He composes with a particularly strong melodic inspiration, his lyricism greatly enhanced by the excellent singing of Andrew Haji (Rob Ford)."


The Toronto Star:

"But as the second scene begins — with dry ice billowing from Rob’s crib, his outstretched fingers reaching up like a hand from the grave and orchestral flourishes reminiscent of Jerry Goldsmith’s score from The Omen — it’s clear something is hilariously wrong."


The Globe and Mail:

"The four composers – Massimo Guida, Adam Scime, Anna Hostman and Saman Shahi – came up with a surprisingly coherent work, mostly in a modernist style that wouldn’t be out of place in a Hollywood film noir."


CBC Radio:

"The cathartic libretto was by a known, Michael Patrick Albano, and the music by four student composers, Massimo Guida, Anna Höstman, Adam Scime and Saman Shahi. [...] Bracketed as a classroom production, the afternoon was a fantastic success. The music was interesting but not difficult,"

"The most pathetic moment in Rob Ford was early for me, when baby Rob sings about losing the self-assurance of youth, of a world that revolves around him. Clever and funny, it also brought a partisan audience (momentarily) closer to their enemy. There are few arts that do tragicomedy so well.

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So opera can change perspectives..."



"...the music was clever and funny..."

Mooney on Theatre:

"...the music is composed by Massimo Guida, Anna Hostman, Adam Scime and Saman Shahi, all student composers. Each of them composed a specific scene (or scenes), which could be a recipe for chaos but it worked seamlessly."

"The music was beautiful."


The Fanfare of Illumination:

University College Magazine - News:

"Among the highlights of the evening was the Fanfare of Illumination, a unique score composed by master's student Massimo Guida in honour of UC students and performed by members of U of T's Faculty of Music."