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3/5/2011

Have You Heard the One about Six Double Basses in a Stairwell

[This is a guest post by Jennifer Pugsley, media relations manager at the Canadian Opera Company. Jennifer and technical director David Feheley have been blogging about the COC's tour of The Nightingale and Other Short Fables to the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM).]

In an earlier post, I mentioned how the group with The Nightingale and Other Short Fables is spread out over five floors at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House. Space is in high demand backstage, especially during intermission when no one is allowed on the stage because of the extensive set change that takes place to get ready for the second half of the production. At the same time that no one is allowed on stage or in the immediate side stage area off the wings, the hallway leading to the stage is quickly filled with over 80 members of the orchestra waiting for the signal to take their position. 

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3/4/2011

COC Artists and Staff Meet Alan Rickman and Geoffrey Rush

[This is a guest post by Jennifer Pugsley, media relations manager at the Canadian Opera Company. Jennifer and technical director David Feheley have been blogging about the COC's tour of The Nightingale and Other Short Fables to the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM).]

You can’t have an opening night without an opening night party, and BAM did not disappoint. Cast, crew, chorus and orchestra wasted no time in getting the festivities started once the curtain came down on the opening performance of The Nightingale and Other Short Fables on Tuesday, March 1. A standing ovation deserves celebration!

BAM Executive Producer Joseph V. Melillo opened the party, thanking everyone who made this production possible, before passing the mic over to COC General Director Alexander Neef, who was equally proud of the night’s achievement. Then the group was set loose on the dance floor and to enjoy the nibblies and refreshments that BAM had arranged for the opening night reception.

Among the guests in attendance at the party was a familiar face: former COC chorus master, and now chorus master for the Metropolitan Opera, Donald Palumbo was there to celebrate with old friends and colleagues. Some new faces in the crowd that had people buzzing were Cheryl Henson, daughter of puppeteer Jim Henson and a puppeteer herself, and renowned British actor Alan Rickman.

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3/3/2011

The Nightingale Opens at BAM

[This is a guest post by Jennifer Pugsley, media relations manager at the Canadian Opera Company. Jennifer is joining David Feheley and many others from the COC for the U.S. premiere of The Nightingale of Other Short Fables at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). This post was written March 2.]  

You could feel the magic in the air on Tuesday evening the moment you stepped through the stage door at the BAM Opera house.

 Everyone was so excited: the crew, the cast, the puppeteers/acrobats, the chorus, the orchestra, even the security guards at stage door. 

A few of us went around to the dressing rooms, makeup rooms and warmup spaces telling all the artists "toi, toi, toi" and the wattage coming off of the smiles we got in return was strong enough to light up Brooklyn and Manhattan. People were really ready to get out on the stage and show New York what a great production the Canadian Opera Company, with Robert Lepage, had created with The Nightingale and Other Short Fables. They were pumped.  That's the only way to describe it. 

From the moment Maestro Debus raised his baton and the COC Orchestra launched into Ragtime, the crowd was with us. They seemed to fall more and more in love with the production with every moment's passing. To say that the audience was laughing out loud during the first half would be an understatement. People were slapping their knees and clutching their sides; that's how delighted they were with what they were seeing and hearing. 

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

 

 

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