Setting the Record Straight

Through guided listening, this series of five classes will explore historic opera recordings, shifts in the standard repertoire of opera and classical art song, and changes in vocal style and aesthetic. Mr. Clarke will share some of his favourite recordings of famous and little-known artists and arias, including highlights from historic Met broadcasts.

Lecturer: Stephen R. Clarke 
Dates: Five classes, selected Monday evenings
Time: 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Location: 329 St. George Street, Suite 2, 2nd Floor
Parking: Metered parking on St. George Street and behind the building, on a first come basis 
Fees: All 5 sessions – Adult, $115; Student/Senior, $95
         Individual Classes – Adult, $25; Student/Senior, $20

Golden Circle, President’s Council and Friends of the COC members receive enrolment priority. For information on these annual membership programs, please call 416-847-4949.

Classes tend to sell out early and are limited to a maximum of 50 individuals. To guarantee your place, full payment must be received with registration. Exchanges and cancellations must be made a minimum of 24 hours in advance. All dates, times and course content are subject to change without notice.

Full session registration for Golden Circle, President’s Council and Friends of the COC members begins on: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 10 a.m.

Full session registration for non-members begins on:
Fall session – Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 10 a.m.

Refund Deadlines:
Fall session – Tuesday, August 27, 2013

TO REGISTER:
Please contact COC Ticket Services at 416-363-8231, by e-mail, or print and mail your registration form with payment to:

COC Opera Courses
Canadian Opera Company
227 Front St E
Toronto, ON M5A 1E8


Individual Class Description

Overview

Through guided listening, this series of five classes will explore historic opera recordings, shifts in the standard repertoire of opera and classical art song, and changes in vocal style and aesthetic. Mr. Clarke will share some of his favourite recordings of famous and little-known artists and arias, including highlights from historic Met broadcasts. 

October 21, 2013

This class will look at the first live broadcasts and the development of broadcast recording from the 1920s and 1930s. 

October 28, 2013

Listen to some great moments from historic Metropolitan Opera broadcasts and memorable behind-the-scenes intermission features. Hear William Weaver describe a music box which may have inspired Puccini's Turandot, Andrew Porter discussing voice ranges and John Gutman chatting about Leoncavallo's libretto for La Bohème. The class will also discuss the difficulty with the sound of the Met broadcasts and why the Met's "Live in HD" film experience can never replace attending live performances. 

November 4, 2013

Examine the changes in performance practice by comparing modern and early singers in their interpretations of the same repertoire. 

November 18, 2013

Explore changes in what is considered "standard repertoire." Investigate how some 18th- and 19th-century opera composers whose works, once immediately popular, are rarely, if ever performed today; and how virtually all of the works of Mozart, Rossini, Verdi and Wagner are currently performed, while in the decades immediately following their deaths, only a few of the works of each composer remained in the repertoire. 

November 25, 2013

A survey of famous arias from opera which are rarely produced. 

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