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8/29/2013

Catching up with Ensemble Studio member Clarence Frazer

By Jennifer Pugsley, Media Relations Manager


Clarence Frazer (Publio) and Emily D'Angelo (Annio) posing before their COSI performance of La clemenza di Tito.

The COC welcomed new Ensemble Studio member baritone Clarence Frazer last week as the training program started up for the 2013/2014 season. He, like fellow Ensemble Studio newcomer Danielle MacMillan, spent part of June and much of July in Sulmona, Italy, attending the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy (COSI), before heading out to the family cottage in Muskoka, ON. Since fall is so close at hand, we wanted to get one more dose of summer by hearing about Clarence’s time away.

Danielle shared with us a little bit of what COSI is and what one does when attending the program. How would you describe it?

The COSI experience is rich in operatic training and performances, with immersion in Italian life and Italian language classes. Internationally renowned faculty in operatic performance, voice and piano teaching and coaching, dramatic coaching, bodywork, and lyric Italian converge with advanced singers and pianists to create wonderful performances in beautiful Italian venues.

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8/27/2013

Catching up with Ensemble Studio member Danielle MacMillan

By Jennifer Pugsley, Media Relations Manager

Mezzo-soprano Danielle MacMillan is one of the new members of the Ensemble Studio for the 2013/2014 season. In fact, she just officially started with the company as the Ensemble Studio artists began their schedule of rehearsals, vocal coachings, language and diction lessons and masterclasses only last week. We wanted to find out what Danielle had been up to over the summer as she spent some time in bella Italia – Sulmona, Italy to be exact – studying at the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy.

What is the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy? What do you in this program?

The COSI Opera Ensemble program is tailored to select, advanced undergraduate and graduate singers, and emerging artists ready to build upon their existing performance résumé. Successful applicants come prepared to stage and perform assigned opera roles in an elite setting and with an international performance training team, designed to prepare the emerging artist for the professional opera stage.

In addition to Italian language classes taught by certified instructors from the English School of International Languages, each of us receives a series of one-on-one coaching sessions, voice lessons and Pilates bodywork. Additionally, the singers have masterclasses and forums twice a week. We also perform in various aria concerts in historical Sulmona, and in courtyard concerts in the Abruzzo region of Italy.

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8/15/2013

Catching up with Ensemble Studio Member Claire de Sévigné

By Jennifer Pugsley, Media Relations Manager

Soprano Claire de Sévigné has spent much of her summer studying at the prestigious Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California. We at the COC wanted to find out exactly what she’s been learning, what kind of performances she’s been giving and if she’s been having any fun in that California sun.

What have you been doing at the Music Academy of the West?

At Music Academy of the West there are two public masterclasses a week, in addition to Italian, German and French diction coaching sessions, as well as voice lessons and coachings. At the beginning of the summer, we did a three-hour scenes program and I performed a scene from Rossini’s La Cenerentola, in which I sang the role of Clorinda (see photo below).

Back in mid-July, we had the Marilyn Horne Song Competition. Each singer had to perform three songs, one being in English. I sang "An die Nacht" by Strauss, "À Cupidon" by Milhaud and "Black Anemones" by Schwantner. Although I didn't place, I enjoyed the experience so much. I got to perform with a fellow Canadian, pianist Ronny Michael Greenberg from Montreal. We had such a positive experience collaborating that we’re now planning to schedule a recital tour, making it possible for us to work again in the near future. We’re now staging Mozart’s The Magic Flute in which I’m singing the Queen of the Night (see photo above). At the end of the summer, I’ll also be performing in the Cabaret concert and sing "Il bacio" by Arditi, a great coloratura waltz.

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