The artists of our touring production of the child-friendly opera Cinderella departed Toronto in the very early hours this morning for the Xstrata Raglan nickel mine in Northern Québec. The mine is accessible only by air (their journey involves four airplanes), the ground is permafrost, and judging from the photos sent from Raglan, there are some spectacular views of the aurora borealis. The preparations for the trip involved arranging for heavy-duty winter gear for the cast and figuring out how to fit the entire Cinderella production (including set, costumes, and piano) on a Dash-8 airplane.
They will be giving two performances in the Inuit communities of Salluit and Kangiqsujuaq on Nov. 16 and 17, as well as a program of operatic arias for employees of Raglan mine on Wednesday evening.
Over the next few days our operatic travelers will be sending back photos and video from the trip. Watch Parlando to see what they're getting up to!
Here's a video excerpt from Cinderella, adapted from the operas by Massenet and Rossini:
Photo: Cinderella cast. © Canadian Opera Company
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Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001