Parlando: The COC Blog

11/11/2014

ON REMEMBRANCE DAY…

By Claudine Domingue, Director of Public Relations

This Remembrance Day, we take a moment to salute those who were involved in the war effort during the Second World War and joined the fledging Canadian Opera Company as singers in its nascent years.

 

Glenn Gardiner as John Sorel, Nellie Smith as Mother, and Theresa Gray as Magda Sorel in The Consul. Photo credit: Alex Gray, 1954

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11/4/2014

Free Concert Series Highlights for November

Eliana Cuevas Quintet in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre

This November, the Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre features an eclectic mix of concerts. From programs that showcase vocal and chamber music gems, to unique genre-bending world music and jazz, you will find concerts to move, inspire and entertain you. Here are a few that you won't want to miss!

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10/31/2014

Can we get a womp-womp for valve trombones?

by Meighan Szigeti, Associate Manager, Digital Marketing 

With Falstaff wrapping up its wonderful run at the Four Seasons Centre, we thought we'd ask the members of the low brass section of the COC Orchestra - Charles Benaroya (Principal trombone), Ian Cowie (trombone), Herbert Poole (trombone), and Scott Irvine (tuba/cimbasso) - a bit about what's helping bring Verdi's very human, and humorous opera to life: the valve trombone!


(l-r: Johannes Debus, Musical Director; Charles Benaroya, Principal trombone; Ian Cowie, trombone;
Herbert Poole, bass trombone; and Scott Irvine, tuba/cimbasso.)

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You might call Giuseppe Verdi obsessive when it came to the slightest detail, but it’s those small changes that truly bring out the mood that the composer was trying to achieve.

That’s where the valve trombone comes in.

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