I am writing this on a calm Saturday afternoon after quite an eventful week.
You can imagine how relieved I am that we were able to solve the casting problems for our Carmen. Not only do we have the wonderful Rinat Shaham for the first eight performances of our run, but we were also able to get the Georgian mezzo-soprano, who just made such a sensational debut at the season opening of Milan's Teatro alla Scala, for the last four of our performances. For the moment, I just call her Anita as I'm unable to either memorize or correctly pronounce her long and complicated Georgian family name. I will have this right when she arrives for rehearsals in a few weeks.
The biggest event of the week was, of course, the announcement of the COC's 2010/2011 season on Wednesday morning. I was very happy to see the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts so packed with media, donors and subscribers and even happier about the warm reaction to our program and our new standing room initiative. Please take a moment to discover the new season here on our website and if you are a subscriber please renew your subscription!
For the last two days we have had Otello in the theatre and I look forward to the first stage rehearsal with the orchestra on Monday. I have to tell you that Paul Edward's costumes for this production are simply stunning.
Tonight is the dress rehearsal of Carmen and if you still haven't read enough from me I am very happy with the interview that has been published on the website of Opera News on Friday. Check it out at http://www.metoperafamily.org/operanews.
Posted by Alexander Neef / in Season / comments (3) / permalink
Victorian, I would like to make a difference between "underexposed to opera" and "starved for opera", as you put it. Even though you are in a very lucky position in Victoria with access to your own and a few other companies, wouldn't you like to see more performances of more operas throughout Canada? More opera of any kind could only benefit the development of the art form and make it more accessible for everybody.
I regret your hostile comments about my trips to New York and our CBC broadcasts and would like to invite you to have a look at my travels to Vancouver and Calgary here on the blog. I will be the first to acknowledge that these companies and many others in Canada do great work that's hugely beneficial for the art form—that's why I'm writing about it!
Unfortunately, my obligations here in Toronto won't allow me to come for a performance of Capriccio in Victoria, but you can be sure that I am well aware of Tim Vernon's work and will come to Victoria for a performance as soon as my schedule allows.
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