By Claire Morley, Communications Assistant
Director Robert Carsen and set designer Michael Levine created their production of Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites for the Netherlands Opera in 1997. Since then, it has been performed in numerous cities
across the world. Carrying “overwhelming emotional force” (Chicago Tribune), this is the first time their production of Carmélites will be seen in Toronto, an exciting venture for Carsen and Levine, both Toronto-born.
According to Carsen, the unique power of Dialogues des Carmélites lies in its ability to “speak to humanity in a very particular way. You don’t have to be Catholic to be moved by the sacrifice that these 16 Carmelite nuns made. It’s very powerful because of both the spiritual and intellectual quality of the work; these are people who have dedicated their whole lives to their beliefs, and achieve some kind of good through them.”
Carsen and Levine, who have worked together for over 25 years on 26 productions, began their creative process by going directly to the score, paying careful attention to both Georges Bernanos’ libretto and Poulenc’s masterful setting, which Carsen argues is in a class of its own. “The quality of Poulenc’s writing is so beautiful and very seductive. The orchestration is brilliant, consisting of strange, electrifying moments, yet the whole work has a genuine and honest sincerity to it. It’s a very unusual piece of writing.”
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For Episode 12, the “It ain’t so bad…is it?” edition, we welcome back opera journalist Joseph So; blogger John Gilks as well as Alia Rosenstock, Associate Artist Manager with Dean Artists Management. Gianmarco Segato, the COC’s Adult Programs Manager is your host. Here are just some of the exciting stories we covered this week:
Are you out there listening? Do you like our new introduction? What would you like us to talk about next? Let us know by sending us your ideas/comments by commenting here, on Facebook, Twitter or by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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By Michelle Hwu, Retail Co-ordinator
This spring at the Opera Shop at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, we're very excited to have a special selection of toy theatres from Benjamin Pollock’s Toyshop in England: one being a presentation of Le nozze di Figaro, and the other being Cinderella. Internationally renowned for their whimsical toy theatres, Benjamin Pollock's Toyshop has been widening children's imaginations since the 1880s when the brand was founded by its namesake in London's Covent Garden.
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Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001