The Canadian Opera Company's popular Inside Opera video series is back, this time with a look at our final production of the spring season, Dialogues des Carmélites.
In our latest Inside Opera video, meet three talented Canadian artists starring in Robert Carsen's production of Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmélites. Sopranos Isabel Bayrakdarian, Adrianne Pieczonka and mezzo-soprano Judith Forst discuss the power and strength found in the music of Poulenc's masterpiece, and discuss how the unique staging elements heighten the anxiety and fear in their performances.
Catch up with the last Inside Opera video, Salome, Playing with Shadows and explore our production of Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor with: Creating Lucia Part One, Creating Lucia Part Two and William Zeitler and the Glass Armonica.
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Photo: Felicity Palmer as Madame de Croissy and Isabel Bayrakdarian as Blanche de la Force in Lyric Opera of Chicago's production of Dialogues des Carmélites, 2007. Photo: Robert Kusel.
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The Free Concert Series may be wrapping up its 2012/2013 season in the first week of June, but these final weeks are packed with fantastic performances! Read our May and June highlights below to begin the countdown to summer with a selection of concerts that feature extraordinary vocal artistry, instrumental showcases, edgy new talent, and a unique cross-cultural collaboration.
Thursday, May 9, 2013 - 12 p.m. - Mauro Bertoli - Romantic Rhapsodies
Award-winning Italian-born pianist Mauro Bertoli presents an alluring program featuring music by Romantic composers, including works by Brahms, Schumann, Granados and Liszt. Preview one of the pieces you will hear in the video below.
Monday, May 13, 2013 - 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.* - Artists of the COC Ensemble Studio - Christina and Louis Quilico Awards
Artists of the COC Ensemble Studio compete against each other for cash prizes in the 5th edition of the Christina and Louis Quilico Awards. The special event was created by pianist Christina Quilico in memory of her late husband, renowned baritone Louis Quilico. * Please note the extended performance time.
Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 12 p.m. - Against the Grain Theatre - Figaro's Wedding
Save the date! You're invited to a wedding. Against the Grain, Toronto’s hottest and most inventive young theatre collective presents a sneak peek of their new production, which takes
Mozart's beloved classic, The Marriage of Figaro, and turns it sideways. Watch Figaro's proposal to Susanna below.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - 12 p.m. - Anna Christy - Bel Canto Bliss
Soprano Anna Christy is currently wowing audiences with her vocal fireworks as Lucia in the COC’s mainstage production of Lucia di Lammermoor. But now is your chance to experience her extraordinary blend of
sparkling voice, powerful stage presence and innate musicality in an intimate concert setting. See clips from her performance as Lucia in the video below.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 12 p.m. - Cellos of the COC Orchestra - Happy Birthday, Wagner!
Celebrate the 200th anniversary of Richard Wagner's birth on his actual birthday! Join the cellos of the COC Orchestra and Music Director Johannes Debus in a program that includes arrangements of Wagner’s opera overtures for four cellos and Bizet’s rarely heard Carmen Fantasy arranged by Alastair Eng for six cellos. Preview the Carmen Fantasy below, performed by the KNUA Cellists Ensemble.
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - 12 p.m. - Wen Zhao and Roman Smirnov - Strings Without Borders
Pipa virtuosa Wen Zhao and Russian-Israeli
flamenco guitarist Roman Smirnov close the 2012/2013 season with an explosive and truly unique hour
of duos exploring dance repertoire from China, Spain, and the Middle
East. Get a taste of their cross-cultural sound in the video below.
Photo Credits: (top image) Mauro Bertoli. Photo by Cora Zilli; Anna Christy. Photo by Dario Acosta; Richard Wagner; Wen Zhao performs in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre. Photo by Chris Hutcheson. (middle) 2012/2013 Ensemble Studio. Photo by Chris Hutcheson
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"Hanna Schwarz gives much more life to Herodias than one normally sees. She is fussy, self-important and the only character given to exaggerated gestures. She is clearly outraged that she must be seen to submit to a man she knows is weaker than she is. Although her lines sound a note of constant complaint, Schwarz never loses dark beauty of her lush voice and thereby makes Herodias an even more imposing figure." - Christopher Hoile, Stage Door
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Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001