Parlando: The COC Blog

10/5/2010

The Season is Underway!

Our season opened Saturday to a sold-out house with Aida, and we're gearing up for a very exciting fall run. Our Aida has generated a tremendous amount of opinion and buzz, and there are eleven more performances left for you to go and see what the fuss is about. Don't forget that a limited number of standing room tickets will be available the morning of each performance at the box office at eleven a.m. You can find a collection in our Aida Social Media Release of all the production imagery.

Sondra Radvanovsky's company and role debut as Aida is big news, and the source of an enormous amount of critical acclaim (we will continue to update the "Critical Acclaim" link with new reviews as they come in).

Toronto Life has an interview with Sondra Radvanovsky:

"It’s not an easy feat, so I waited until I was ready. As you age, you have greater stamina and can push your voice more. Plus, I have now sung all the roles that a soprano should before tackling Aida: Luisa in Luisa Miller, Violetta in La Traviata, Leonora in Il Trovatore, Lina in Stiffelio, Elisabetta in Don Carlo. Each of these roles is a bit more challenging vocally than the next."

As does IN Toronto:

"I really think Alexander Neef has a mission to make this a Canadian opera company . . . but still an international opera company. And I applaud him for that. He is getting international talent in here, and I think the Canadian audience really deserves that. They are fabulous audiences here; the performances are always sold out. And they are very astute. They know the difference between good singing and bad singing."

Michele Capalbo, who sings Aida in the second half of the run, is interviewed in NOW Magazine:

"'That aria comes late and is the antithesis of Ritorna vincitor in the first act, which is thrusting and chesty and violent,' says Capalbo, who’s of Calabrian background. 'The challenge is to have the dexterity and subtlety and lyricism to hit those floats at the end.'"

The Globe and Mail used the stage of the Four Seasons Centre as the setting for an opulent and luxurious fashion shoot:

"Alexander Neef, the Canadian Opera Company’s general director, says patrons’ approach to dressing up has cycled through more ups and downs than Wagner’s Ring. He loves it when people treat an evening out as an event, but also feels they should dress in a way that’s appropriate to them. 'We’re creating an occasion for the public and if they feel they need to respond by putting more care into what they wear, I think that’s beautiful, but I don’t want them to think it’s an obligation,' he says."

Opera and fashion blended again last week at Tuesday's Salon de Louis Vuitton launch, but you don't need a designer dress to enjoy the spectacular singing and moving drama that this fall's run will bring.

Photo: Michael Cooper © 2010

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