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Mastering Massenet: Ferruccio Furlanetto Leads an Incomparable Cast

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The Big COC Podcast - Episode 24

By Gianmarco Segato, Adult Programs Manager


For Episode 24, the “Just what is opera worth to you?” edition, we welcome back Alia Rosenstock, Associate Artist Manager with Dean Artists Management; Jenna Douglas, a Toronto-based collaborative pianist and author of the increasingly-clicked-on opera blog, Schmopera and, COC Ensemble Studio baritone, Cameron McPhail. Also included in this podcast is a special report on San Diego Opera from arts journalist Catherine Kustanczy. Gianmarco Segato, the COC’s Adult Programs Manager, is your host.


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Free Concert Series Highlights for May and June

Artists of the COC Orchestra in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre

During our spring season, the Canadian Opera Company hosts an array of incredibly talented artists, both on stage and in the orchestra pit. And throughout May and June, you can also experience acclaimed mainstage singers, the Ensemble Studio's rising stars and COC Orchestra virtuosi in several Free Concert Series performances. You won't want to miss these final concerts that complete another spectacular season!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
12 - 1 p.m.
Of Love and Longing
Allyson McHardy, Andrew Haji, Keith Hamm and Liz Upchurch

Allyson McHardy

Canadian mezzo-soprano Allyson McHardy currently sings the role of Sara, Duchess of Nottingham, in the COC's production of Roberto Devereux. She teams up with pianist Liz Upchurch, tenor and COC Ensemble Studio member Andrew Haji and COC principal violist Keith Hamm in a poignant program of songs by Brahms, Britten and Canadian composer Robert Fleming.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
12 - 1 p.m.
Journeys of the Soul
Russell Braun and Artists of the COC Orchestra

Internationally acclaimed baritone and COC favourite Russell Braun (the Duke of Nottingham in the COC's Roberto Devereux) is joined by pianist Carolyn Maule and artists of the COC Orchestra in Samuel Barber's profoundly moving Dover Beach and Fauré's La bonne chanson.

Thursday, May 15, 2014
12 - 1 p.m.
War and Peace: Handel and Albinoni
Artists of the COC Orchestra and Ensemble Studio

Baroque aficionados won't want to miss this moving performance featuring some of the most exquisite chamber works and arias of the era. Performed by artists of the COC Orchestra and graduating Ensemble Studio soprano Sasha Djihanian, the program includes works by Handel and Albinoni.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
12 - 1 p.m.
Les Adieux
Artists of the Ensemble Studio

Sasha Djihanian, Michael Shannon and Cameron McPhail

It's a bittersweet day as we bid adieu to graduating artists of the COC Ensemble Studio: soprano Sasha Djihanian, baritone Cameron McPhail and pianist Michael Shannon. This musical farewell features their favourite art songs, including works by Debussy, Dvořák, Poulenc and Lee Hoiby.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014
12 - 1 p.m.
Brass Blowout
Artists of the COC Orchestra

In a resounding finale to the 2013/2014 season, the brass section of the COC Orchestra, accompanied by COC Music Director Johannes Debus on piano, fills the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre with the glorious strains of antiphonal music by Giovanni Gabrieli, and fanfares by Benjamin Britten and Paul Dukas. It also features rarely-heard chamber gems by Paul Hindemith, Francis Poulenc, Morten Lauridsen and COC principal tuba Scott Irvine, showcasing the magnificent sonic richness of brass instruments in various combinations.

Let us know which concerts you're most looking forward to in the comments or on our Facebook page!

Photos (top to bottom): Artists of the COC Orchestra. Photo: Chris Hutcheson; Allyson McHardy. Photo:; (l-r) Sasha Djihanian, Cameron McPhail and Michael Shannon.

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