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The Cinderella Outfit Challenge: We Have a Winner!

After 60 entries, thousands of votes, and a week of judging, we have a winner for the Cinderella Outfit Challenge! 

Let's reacquaint ourselves with the judges: 

Steven Sabados and Chris Hyndman are the stars of CBC's hit lifestyle show, Steven and Chris.

FashionTelevision's Jeanne Beker is a style icon both in Canada and around the world. 

Couturier David McCaffrey, of McCaffrey Haute Couture, designs unique wedding gowns for Canada's elite.

Alexander Neef is, of course, the General Director of the Canadian Opera Company. Last fall he was profiled in Sharp Magazine (go to pages 13 and 14 to see the profile) 

Here are our five finalists, from fifth place to first: 


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Cheese for Cinderella

The winner of the Cinderella Outfit Challenge (see the five finalists here) is due to be announced today (Friday), and among the spoils set aside for the winner is a gift basket from Cheese Boutique. The contents have been selected to match the characters in the opera Cinderella (La Cenerentola)

For Cinderella: Cendrillon, of course, is the French name for Cinderella, and the cheese "Le Cendrillon" recently was named best in the world.  

For the Prince: Royal Windsor 

For Cinderella's father, Don Magnifico: Aged vintage cheddar

For the ugly stepsisters: Prima Donna (this would also be appropriate for Ariadne auf Naxos)

For Cinderella's rodent companions: Smoked applewood cheddar

Above is a photo of the gift basket they supplied for our 12th annual Fine Wine Auction. The contents of the Cinderella basket are sure to be just as delicious.

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Sit In On Rehearsals (virtually)

Your interaction with a given opera production need not begin when the curtain goes up and end when it goes down again. Thanks to the internet, it's possible to follow along with the process of bringing an opera to the stage, from the first rehearsal to the closing night party. 

This spring, the opportunities are particularly rich, with many members of the casts and creative teams of Cinderella, Ariadne auf Naxos, and Orfeo ed Euridice blogging and tweeting their way to opening night. Here's a roundup: 


  • The conductor, Leonardo Vordoni, is on twitter (@leonardovordoni) and also maintains a blog that's chock full of behind-the-scenes photos
  • The Prince, Lawrence Brownlee, has recently joined twitter as @Brownleetenor.
  • Our Angelina, Elizabeth DeShong, is another tweeter/photo blogger. She tweets under @egdeshong and has a photo-a-day blog titled "A Singer's Suitcase."
  • Kyle Ketelsen (singing Alidoro) tweets as @kyleket and has been posting some photos from rehearsals.

Ariadne auf Naxos

  • Jane Archibald, the coloratura soprano singing Zerbinetta (you'll get the chance to meet her at Opera 101) is tweeting as @coloraturajane.
  • Ensemble Studio soprano and Naiad @SimoneOsborne keeps a steady stream of rehearsal updates coming on twitter, and blogs on her website
  • Playing Echo, another member of Ariadne's island entourage, is Ensemble Studio graduate @TeiyaKasahara.

Orfeo ed Euridice

  • Ambur Braid, Ensemble Studio soprano who will appear in Orfeo ed Euridice as the god of love Amore, tweets regularly at @MsAmburBraid. And she is also blogging at her shiny new website!

Photo: David Daniels as Orfeo in the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s production of Orfeo ed Euridice.
Photo Credit: © 2006 Robert Kusel/Lyric Opera of Chicago

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



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