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The Wonders of YouTube

Did you follow the COC's 2011/2012 season announcement closely and page through the brochure . . . and find yourself wanting more? More visuals, more music, more of a sense of what the next season at the COC is going to look, feel, and sound like? Fortunately for you, we have YouTube. YouTube is overflowing with opera clips, including clips of the productions and artists taking the stage next season. Here are clips relating to five of the operas we're preparing for 11/12. 

Iphigenia in Tauris

The production (by Robert Carsen) is very well-travelled, and audiences in Chicago, Madrid, San Francisco, and London have had a chance to see it. Of course, there is video evidence. Here's a trailer for the production as it was performed at Teatro Real in Madrid. Famed mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, who will be making her COC debut in the title role, is featured here (our Orestes will be Russell Braun).


More videos inside! Click "Read More" to see the rest of the post.


Posted by Cecily Carver / in 2011/2012 / comments (0) / permalink


COC attends the OPERA America Opera Education Forum

[This is a guest post by Katherine Semcesen, senior manager of education and outreach.]

With the opening of Nixon in China around the corner, I couldn’t help but hear Chou En-lai’s last words, “How much of what we did was good?” during an Opera Education Forum in New York hosted by OPERA America this past weekend. The COC, along with Tapestry New Opera, gave a Canadian voice to the discussion table which included representatives from Arizona Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Houston Grand Opera, The Metropolitan Opera Guild, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, San Francisco Opera, Santa Fe Opera, and Washington National Opera. 

For years, opera companies have invested energy and financial resources in providing the public with accessible entry points into opera in hopes of increasing their audience base, providing individuals with creative arts experiences and adding to the cultural framework of society. Each education rep at the table was able to recount a very successful project that opened the doors to the world of opera for a group of individuals—be they curious young kindergarten students, youth interested in further developing their performing arts skills or aging patients in palliative care. It was inspiring to hear the great work being done by these companies and the memories and experiences that they’ve created for their communities through opera. And yet, despite all these successes, there was a sense that we have not been doing enough to introduce new people to the art form. 


Posted by Katherine Semcesen / in Opera Appreciation / comments (4) / permalink


The 2011/2012 Season Revealed!

This morning we announced our 2011/2012 season at a press conference that was streamed live over the internet (if you missed it, don't worry: you can watch the whole thing here).

Some highlights: 

  • Susan Graham, superstar American mezzo-soprano, will be singing the title role in Iphigenia in Tauris.
  • A new production of Rigoletto, directed by Christopher Alden, will be set in the 19th century. Check out some of the costume sketches here.
  • Phenomenal soprano Adrianne Pieczonka will sing the title role in Tosca. If you can't wait that long to hear her (or need proof of her powers), catch her a few months from now in Ariadne auf Naxos.
  • Love from Afar will be visually stunning. If you don't believe me, check out this YouTube video of the production as it was performed by the English National Opera in 2009. 
  • The Tales of Hoffmann will feature the COC debut of John Relyea.
  • The legendary Catherine Malfitano will be directing a double-bill: Zemlinsky's A Florentine Tragedy and Puccini's Gianni Schicchi. Both have beautiful music: have a listen here.
  • Semele will be performed at the COC for the very first time. The set will feature a Ming Dynasty ancestral temple. Take a look at the production photos here.


We also unveiled a new brand this morning (you may notice that the website looks a little different) as well as a new subscription series, Weekday Rush, that automatically upgrades you to the best available seats on the day of the performance. 

Posted by Cecily Carver / in 2011/2012 / comments (0) / permalink

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



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