Parlando: The COC Blog


Rigoletto's Simone Osborne in Toronto Life

This month's issue of Toronto Life features an interview with Ensemble Studio soprano Simone Osborne! Simone made a stunning debut as Pamina in our production of The Magic Flute last season, and this fall she'll be debuting another major role with us: Gilda, the innocent daughter of the misanthropic jester Rigoletto.

Simone has a fresh take on the role of Gilda:

Now, just 24, she's taking on Gilda, the self-sacrificing daughter in Verdi's Rigoletto, a part that requires a voice both winsome and fierce with conviction (she's got it) . . . More importantly, she's got enough natural sass to bring something new to the character of Gilda, a character too often played as wearyingly naive. "She has the strength of character to die for someone she loves even when she knows he's a bad person," says Osborne.

Check out the full article in the print issue of Toronto Life! A PDF of the full article is also available here.

Photo: (l – r) Simone Osborne as Pamina and Christopher Enns as Tamino in the COC Ensemble Studio performance of The Magic Flute, 2011. © Michael Cooper 2011

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


Lauren Segal, Physicist-Turned-Mezzo

Lauren Segal (pictured above), a graduate of the Ensemble Studio program and a frequent performer with us (last season she appeared in The Magic Flute, Nixon in China, and Ariadne auf Naxos), is profiled in the Jewish Tribune. Like Isabel Bayrakdarian, another Ensemble Studio graduate with a science background, Lauren was working on a master's degree in physics when she decided to pursue opera as a career. From the interview:

"'I loved music even as a child, but took it more seriously as a profession when I joined the choir as an undergraduate at York University. Most of my friends in the choir studied opera and I loved it myself. So, I took voice lessons even while I was considering a career in physics and have no regrets at all for having a career in music instead of science,' said Segal in a phone interview.

Segal’s unusual path to becoming an opera singer is quite different from many of her peers who have been planning a musical career since they were children. Competing with others who had a more traditional pedigree, Segal immersed herself in studying French, German and Italian, as well as the history of opera after leaving university."

Lauren will be appearing with us again this fall in Iphigenia in Tauris, singing the role of the goddess Diana. Read the full interview at the Jewish Tribune!

Photo © Helen Tansey

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


Broad-Chested Men Needed!

The COC is looking for some broad-chested men to act as non-singing extras in the upcoming production of Verdi's Rigoletto, directed by Christopher Alden and opening Sept. 29. 

If you wear a size 46 jacket, are between 5'9" and 6'2" and are available between Aug. 23 and Oct. 22, please send an email to for more information.

Photo: a costume sketch for Rigoletto. Design by Michael Levine.

Posted by Cecily Carver / in 2011/2012 / comments (8) / permalink

Previous << 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  >> Next 

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



Subscribe to the COC e-mail newsletter.
Contact Tanner
Have a question? Want to share a link? Submit a comment!