By Gianmarco Segato, Adult Programs Manager
It’s simply impossible for an opera company to present Massenet’s Don Quichotte without an artist who possesses the requisite gravitas, charisma and noble vocalism necessary to master the title role’s considerable musical and histrionic demands. In Ferruccio Furlanetto, who makes his greatly anticipated COC debut in the title role, the COC not only has the world’s leading Don Quichotte but a singer whose legendary 40-year career has established him as one of the greatest singing actors of his generation. His vocal pedigree is impeccable – his rich, velvety, espresso-hued timbre marks him as the natural successor to his idol, the great Italian bass, Cesare Siepi, one of the finest singers of the post-war period. As Furlanetto notes, “For me, [Siepi] had the most beautiful voice there has ever been, the most Latin, the most beautiful colour, so I wanted to follow the same path as him. He was an extraordinary Figaro, the best Giovanni, so I worked and worked in preparation for these roles.”
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For Episode 24, the “Just what is opera worth to you?” edition, we welcome back Alia Rosenstock, Associate Artist Manager with Dean Artists Management; Jenna Douglas, a Toronto-based collaborative pianist and author of the increasingly-clicked-on opera blog, Schmopera and, COC Ensemble Studio baritone, Cameron McPhail. Also included in this podcast is a special report on San Diego Opera from arts journalist Catherine Kustanczy. Gianmarco Segato, the COC’s Adult Programs Manager, is your host.
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During our spring season, the Canadian Opera Company hosts an array of incredibly talented artists, both on stage and in the orchestra pit. And throughout May and June, you can also experience acclaimed mainstage singers, the Ensemble Studio's rising stars and COC Orchestra virtuosi in several Free Concert Series performances. You won't want to miss these final concerts that complete another spectacular season!
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
12 - 1 p.m.
Of Love and Longing
Allyson McHardy, Andrew Haji, Keith Hamm and Liz Upchurch
Canadian mezzo-soprano Allyson McHardy currently sings the role of Sara, Duchess of Nottingham, in the COC's production of Roberto Devereux. She teams up with pianist Liz Upchurch, tenor and COC Ensemble Studio member Andrew Haji and COC principal violist Keith Hamm in a poignant program of songs by Brahms, Britten and Canadian composer Robert Fleming.
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Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001