COC Media Releases

5/9/2014

ART INSTALLATION, THE INGENIOUS GENTLEMAN, ON DISPLAY AT CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY’S FOUR SEASONS CENTRE

Read the PDF version here.

Toronto – The Canadian Opera Company showcases a quixotic suite of sculptures by Toronto-based new media artist Mitchell F. Chan this May at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in honour of the company’s spring production of Massenet’s opera Don Quichotte, opening May 9 and running for seven performances until May 24, 2014.

Chan’s creation is entitled The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha and is now on display in the Isadore and Rosalie Sharp City Room, the glass-enclosed lobby of the Four Seasons Centre. The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha is available only to those patrons attending one of the remaining performances in the COC’s 2013/2014 season, including Roberto Devereux, which the COC is presenting in repertory with Don Quichotte.

The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha pays homage to the famous literary tale of the eccentric knight-errant of Cervantes’ Don Quixote, which inspired Massenet’s opera. Created by Chan in 2010, the installation is composed of three separate pieces: The Ingenious Gentleman, Portrait of the Artist as Cervantes and Don Quixote, which together produce a translation of Cervantes’ novel through the medium of water vapour.

The Ingenious Gentleman writes out, letter by letter, the entirety of Cervantes’ Don Quixote by using water vapour to emit columns of clouds to form the shape of a given letter. The letters appear as an arrangement of “cloud pixels,” scrolling upwards over time.

Portrait of the Artist as Cervantes is assembled from dehumidifier parts and pulls ambient water vapour from the air and deposits it onto blank paper sheets as water droplets. It’s assumed that this water vapour literally contains the content of the novel having originated from the letters created through The Ingenious Gentleman.

The final piece in the trio, Don Quixote, concludes the metamorphosis with a display of transubstantiated water on paper. The once blank pages from Portrait of the Artist as Cervantes have been bound into hardcover editions with the paper sheets now slightly deformed by absorbing the water droplets that make up the “content” of Cervantes’ book.

Mitchell F. Chan has exhibited in galleries across Canada and the United States. He made his American gallery debut in 2009, exhibiting alongside Robert Rauschenberg at the Alan Avery Art Company in Atlanta. In the same year, he was named a Trustee Scholar in the Art & Technology department of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is one of the co-founders of public art and design firm Studio F Minus.

Tickets to the COC’s productions of Don Quichotte and Roberto Devereux are $12 – $332 (includes applicable taxes), and are available online at coc.ca, by calling 416-363-8231, or in person at the Four Seasons Centre Box Office (145 Queen St. W.).

- 30 -

For more information, please contact:

Jennifer Pugsley, Media Relations Manager, tel: 416-306-2303, e-mail: jenniferp@coc.ca

Posted by Public Relations / in Press Releases / comments (0) / permalink

5/8/2014

CASTING CHANGE FOR CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY’S ROBERTO DEVEREUX

Toronto – The Canadian Opera Company welcomes two tenors to its production of Roberto Devereux to perform the title role for the remaining four performances. 

For the production’s next performance on May 10, 2014, Mexican tenor Ernesto Ramírez appears as Roberto Devereux. An emerging voice on the international opera stage garnering rave reviews for his distinctive Italianate sound, youthful exuberance and expressive musicality, Ramírez appeared with the opera company last season as Ruiz in Il Trovatore and has been understudying the role of Roberto Devereux for the COC this spring. He has performed to great acclaim for audiences in France, Germany, Switzerland, Canada and the United States, and makes Toronto his home.

For the final three performances of Roberto Devereux on May 15, 18 and 21, 2014, the COC welcomes Spanish opera star José Bros in his company debut. One of the leading tenors of the romantic bel canto repertoire, Bros has appeared in starring roles with major opera houses around the world including Teatro alla Scala; Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Wiener Staatsoper; Teatro Real; Gran Teatro del Liceu; and the houses of Hamburg, Munich, Rome, Tokyo, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, Berlin and Naples, among others.

The COC’s Roberto Devereux, starring superstar soprano Sondra Radvanovsky as Queen Elizabeth I, opened on April 25 to rave reviews that proclaimed it “a night to remember” (Charlebois Post), “puts the ‘grand’ back into ‘grand opera’” (Toronto Star), is “a moving production that examines, with heart-rending power, the price of power and love, and the danger of combining the two” (Bachtrack), and that “the audience gets caught up in the beauty of the music, the taut of power of the often thrilling solo performances, and the electric voltage of vocal athleticism and emotional depth meshing in perfect combination” (Globe and Mail).

A limited number of tickets are available for the remaining performances of Roberto Devereux. Tickets are $12 – $332 (includes applicable taxes) and may be purchased online at coc.ca, by calling 416-363-8231 or in person at the Four Seasons Centre Box Office (145 Queen St. W.).

- 30 -

For more information or to request photography, please contact:

Jennifer Pugsley, Media Relations Manager, tel: 416-306-2303, e-mail: jenniferp@coc.ca

Posted by Public Relations / in Press Releases / comments (0) / permalink

4/11/2014

CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY ANNOUNCES CAST CHANGES FOR DON QUICHOTTE AND ROBERTO DEVEREUX

Read the PDF version here.

Toronto – The Canadian Opera Company welcomes Georgian mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili to the role of Dulcinée in Don Quichotte as well as American tenor Leonardo Capalbo to the title role of Roberto Devereux, when both productions take to the stage of the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts this spring.

Rachvelishvili joins Don Quichotte in place of Russian mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Gubanova, who has regrettably had to withdraw for personal reasons. The COC looks forward to welcoming Ms. Gubanova next May as part of its 2014/2015 season when she sings the role of Judith in the Robert Lepage-directed production of Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle. Capalbo will share the title role of Roberto Devereux with previously announced Italian tenor Giuseppe Filianoti, who has had to withdraw from three of the seven scheduled performances due to a family emergency necessitating a return to Italy.

Rachvelishvili has quickly become one of the most exciting singers to emerge on the opera stage in recent years since making an electrifying North American debut as Carmen with the COC in February 2010. She went on to make star turns at the Metropolitan Opera, Seattle Opera, San Francisco Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bayerische Staatsoper München, Staatsoper Berlin and Carnegie Hall, among others. The New York Times had only admiration for Rachvelishvili in her recent engagement with the Metropolitan Opera as Konschakowna in the acclaimed new production by director Dmitri Tcherniakov of Borodin’s Prince Igor, singling out her “plush big voice and sultry physicality.” She added the role of Dulcinée in Don Quichotte to her repertoire in April 2012, delivering a performance with Teatro Lirico di Cagliari for which Spettacoli praised the strength of her voice and stage presence.

Capalbo is an established singer on the international opera scene who has been lauded for his rich lyric voice and dramatic intensity in engagements with the Berlin Staatsoper, the Glyndebourne Festival, l’Opéra de Lyon, Teatro Regio di Torino, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Semperoper Dresden, Grand Théâtre de Genève, New York City Opera, Hamburgische Staatsoper and the Spoleto Festival, among others. Called “dashing” by the New York Times and “lithe, sunny and effortlessly lyrical” by the Financial Times, Capalbo was singled out for his “authentic Italianate timbre” (The Telegraph) as well as “power and elegance” (The Guardian) as Roberto Devereux with Welsh National Opera this past fall. He makes his COC debut on April 25, 2014, with additional performances on April 29 and May 3.

Roberto Devereux and Don Quichotte run in repertory this spring at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, each presented in seven performances. Roberto Devereux takes place on April 25, 29, May 3, 10, 15, 18, 21, 2014, and Don Quichotte on May 9, 11, 14, 17, 20, 22, 24, 2014. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit coc.ca or call 416-363-8231.

- 30 -

For more information, please contact:
Jennifer Pugsley, Media Relations Manager, tel: 416-306-2303, e-mail: jenniferp@coc.ca

Posted by Public Relations / in Press Releases / comments (0) / permalink

Previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  >> Next 
COC Blogs
Read the latest news about the COC.
Follow Us
The COC is on Twitter!
COC In The News
Read interesting articles and news from other publications about the COC