The young artists of the COC Ensemble Studio will give a special performance of Mozart's The Magic Flute
tonight with the COC Orchestra and Chorus, giving Toronto audiences a
chance to see Canada's rising young opera stars as they begin their
Under the direction of the same artistic team as for the mainstage
cast, including conductor and COC Music Director Johannes Debus,
director Diane Paulus, set and costume designer Myung Hee Cho and
lighting designer Scott Zielinski, the Ensemble members will perform
with the full COC Orchestra and Chorus. This performance allows the
young Canadian artists of the Ensemble Studio to be highlighted in
principal roles on the COC’s mainstage. In the 2011/2012 season, the
Ensemble members will have the opportunity to sing the principal roles
in a performance of Handel's Semele.
COC Ensemble Studio alumni have appeared at all the world's greatest
opera houses, and include Ben Heppner, Isabel Bayrakdarian, Robert
Gleadow, and Krisztina Szabó. Some current Ensemble Studio members are
already working with major opera companies both in Canada and worldwide:
soprano Simone Osborne will sing Juliette in Roméo et Juliette with Vancouver Opera next season, as well as Mozart's Requiem with TSO and an East coast tour with Debut Atlantic; Ileana Montalbetti recently understudied the role of Anai in Rossini’s Moïse et Pharaon in Rome under the baton of Riccardo Muti; and Wallis Giunta has been invited to join the Metropolitan Opera's prestigious Lindemann Program.
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a sold-out world premiere engagement in Toronto and standing ovations
at Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and Opéra de Lyon, Robert Lepage’s
critically acclaimed The Nightingale and Other Short Fables makes its anticipated US premiere at BAM.
Under the direction of Robert Lepage, the opera is transformed into a magical chinoiserie
centered around a moonlit lake—created by filling the orchestra pit
with nearly 12,000 gallons of water. The musicians and chorus are placed
onstage, allowing the audience to see and hear the various musical
layers that make this production so entrancing. Traditional pan-Asian
water puppets, created by Tony and Emmy award-winning designer Michael
Curry, float and are manipulated by the same singers whose roles they
represent, telling the tale of the ethereal nightingale who persuades
Death to spare the Emperor.
An audio recording of the full production is available on our website.
". . . Lepage’s production is a masterpiece! . . . Through brilliant use of scale,
the designers created the illusion that the small Bunraku puppets were
normal-sized, so the semi-submerged singers . . . seemed like giant,
guardian spirits for their puppet-characters."
Tamara Bernstein, Globe and Mail
"What could have been a mere gimmick instead is rendered an organic
part of the storytelling, with splendid costumes by Mara Gottler,
shimmering lighting by Etienne Boucher and elegantly minimalist settings
by Carl Fillion all providing the perfect frame for Michael Curry’s
superbly detailed puppets."
Richard Ouzounian, Variety
“This alchemy transmutes some children’s tales about animals into an unusually integrated and spellbinding piece of theater.”
Heidi Waleson, Wall Street Journal
More Critical Acclaim
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Jonathan Darlington (centre) conducts a scene from The Fox in the COC production of The Nightingale & Other Short Fables.
Jonathan Darlington (left) conducts a scene from The Fox in the COC production of The Nightingale & Other Short Fables.
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The Canadian Opera Company premiere of Nixon in China took place Saturday, Feb. 5. The production will run for eight performances through Feb. 26.
About the Music
Composing Nixon in China
Note that the singers are amplified as per the intent of the composer.
Director James Robinson discusses his history with the groundbreaking work in his Director's Notes:
"As a graduate student in Composition and Theory at the
University of Minnesota, I was part of an unforgettable discussion in
the Composition Seminar that followed the first television broadcast of Nixon in China.
We were an opinionated and serious lot, usually found lazily agonizing
over the merits of the twelve-tone system versus Neo-Romanticism, or
trying to outdo each other with clever excuses for skipping performances
of landmark 20th-century works or newer compositions that would
doubtless enhance our knowledge and prospective careers. The day after
the Nixon broadcast, however, was different: the conversation was
fresh and biting, fists pounded the table, the air was electric with
opinion and, yes, even a few tears were shed. In short, it was a
wonderfully polarizing event that made me realize how relevant a new
opera can be—and how quickly it can transform our view of the world."
“The COC’s first-ever production, created by James Robinson for Opera
Theatre of St. Louis in 2004, takes careful stock of the work in all its
registers of meaning. It draws out themes that were less explicit in
the realistic debut productionof 1987.” – The Globe and Mail
“Thanks to this smart, engaging and viscerally satisfying collaboration,
this substantial, three-act opera feels even more compelling and actual
in 2011.” – Toronto Star
"Nixon in China proves what an exhilarating experience modern opera can be." - Eye Weekly
Read patron reactions here.
About the cast and creative team:
Articles, interviews and profiles:
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