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Silk and Hoop Skirts: Costumes for Rigoletto

The story of Rigoletto depicts the deceit, corruption, and sexual wrongdoings of the nobility, in particular the fictional Duke of Mantua and his courtiers. Director Christopher Alden has opted to change the period setting of his production from the 16th century to the 19th century – specifically, the 1860s – and Michael Levine's designs are meant to illustrate the wealth, privilege, and sensuality of the Duke's court. For the women's costumes, this means long and colourful silk gowns, complete with enormous steel hoop skirts.

Here's the sketch for some of the female super costumes ("super," short for supernumerary, refers to a non-singing actor playing a small part):

The COC's costume staff has been working hard to get the costumes completed and fitted. Here's how these opulent dresses look in "real life":


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The Three Graces: Today's Links, August 18

  • Feast your eyes on the beautiful new poster for Operanation 8: A Muse Ball! The image, inspired by Botticelli's Primavera, is both whimsical and chic. Tickets to the party are $150 and will be on sale Sept. 1, and renowned singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright gives the headline performance.

  • Opera 101 is consistently one of our most popular free events (opera and alcohol is a winning combination, it turns out), and this year, we're expanding the series from four events per season to seven! There will be an event for every opera in our 2011/2012 season, and that means you have the chance to learn about each production straight from the people closest to it: the cast and creative team, interviewed by the CBC's Brent Bambury. The first event of the season will feature superstar mezzo Susan Graham. See the full list of dates and locations here!  

  • You'll have another chance to learn about some of our productions in a more educational setting through the Opera Talks at  the North York Central Library. At these events, a member of our education and outreach team will walk you through the history, story, and music of Iphigenia in Tauris, Love from Afar, and Semele.

Creative: Endeavour

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Rigoletto's Simone Osborne in Toronto Life

This month's issue of Toronto Life features an interview with Ensemble Studio soprano Simone Osborne! Simone made a stunning debut as Pamina in our production of The Magic Flute last season, and this fall she'll be debuting another major role with us: Gilda, the innocent daughter of the misanthropic jester Rigoletto.

Simone has a fresh take on the role of Gilda:

Now, just 24, she's taking on Gilda, the self-sacrificing daughter in Verdi's Rigoletto, a part that requires a voice both winsome and fierce with conviction (she's got it) . . . More importantly, she's got enough natural sass to bring something new to the character of Gilda, a character too often played as wearyingly naive. "She has the strength of character to die for someone she loves even when she knows he's a bad person," says Osborne.

Check out the full article in the print issue of Toronto Life! A PDF of the full article is also available here.

Photo: (l – r) Simone Osborne as Pamina and Christopher Enns as Tamino in the COC Ensemble Studio performance of The Magic Flute, 2011. © Michael Cooper 2011

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Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001



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