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Growing up with Britten, Inspired by Orfeo: Daily Links, July 5

  • The conductor of last fall's Death in Venice, Steuart Bedford, is profiled in Opera News. He has a long history with Benjamin Britten and his work: 

    Perhaps he "knew the tunes" because he already knew Britten. "I'd grown up knowing him. My mother [Lesley Duff] was a member of the English Opera Group, and so Britten was very much a part of family life and a regular visitor to the family house in Hampstead Garden Suburb. He and Pears were always dropping in and out of there." [read the full article]
  • Robert Fulford at the National Post, inspired by seeing Orfeo ed Euridice this spring, muses on classical mythology and the works inspired by it.

  • And here's a bucketload of photos at from last week's Dora Mavor Moore Awards ceremony! COC productions picked up three Dora awards this year, including Outstanding Production (Opera Division) for Orfeo ed Euridice.

Photo: Alan Oke, left, as Gustav von Aschenbach in a scene from the Canadian Opera Company production of Death in Venice. Photo © Michael Cooper, 2010.

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Long Weekend Links

    Summer Youth Intensive, our week-long summer program for youth aged 13-18, begins today (the photo at left shows 2009's participants visiting the Four Seasons Centre). The participants will work with professional COC artists and experience many different aspects of opera production.  

    During the mornings, participants experience what it is like to be a member of an opera chorus through group music and staging rehearsals. In the afternoon, students pursue their individual interests, creating a role in small scene study groups and choosing between elective sessions in directing, vocal masterclass or costume design. [more info]

  • Alexander Neef, in his latest blog post, talks about planning for future seasons: 

    When I develop ideas for a season I always try to balance artistic ambition with financial reality. I believe there are a few things we need to be able to do, among them, first of all, our capacity to create new productions, but also the ability to program big pieces ("big" meaning a large orchestra and chorus, overtime etc.) [read the full post]
  • Here are some photos via SNAP Downtown Toronto from A Bee Opera, the children's opera created through the After School Opera Program.

Photo: 2009's Summer Youth Intensive participants visit the Four Seasons Centre. © Canadian Opera Company 2009

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Bees, bees, bees! Daily Links, June 30

24 hour beehive toronto opera house from sandy nicholson on Vimeo

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



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