Parlando: The COC Blog

4/18/2011

A Tunnel Through the Mountain

[This is a guest post from Caitlin Coull, Communications Manager, Special Initiatives]

This week is an extraordinarily busy one for the members of the COC Ensemble Studio—and that’s an understatement! In addition to rehearsals, costume fittings, and coachings in preparation for upcoming roles and understudies in five operas (three productions for the mainstage and two chamber operas) the young artists are also tirelessly working on repertoire for two additional events: the Christina and Louis Quilico Awards and an upcoming recital as part of the Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre presented by National Bank.

Every year the Ontario Arts Foundation presents an award to extraordinary young artists on behalf of the Christina and Louis Quilico Fund. The Ensemble Studio has been selected to participate in the 2011 competition, which will take place in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts on Wednesday, April 20 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and admission is free. The singers will compete by singing two arias each for judges Alexander Neef, General Director of the COC, David Speers, Artistic Director of Opera Hamilton, and John Hess, Co-Artistic Director of Queen of Puddings Music Theatre. You don’t want to miss this!

An equally exciting performance occurs the very next day—a recital of songs by Gustav Mahler and Richard Strauss in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre at noon. Often described as the titans of late German romanticism, the song repertoire of the two composers is rarely presented in such a concentrated form, and the artists of the Ensemble Studio are certain to breathe fresh life into the gorgeous melodies and powerful texts. According to music critic Alex Ross in his superb book The Rest is Noise, Mahler and Strauss “recognized the common ground between them, and each worked to support the other’s music.” Mahler himself proclaimed, “Strauss and I tunnel from opposite sides of the mountain. One day we shall meet.”†

Photo: l-r: Adrian Kramer, Rihab Chaieb, Wallis Giunta, and Ileana Montalbetti in the
Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre. Photo: Chris Hutcheson

† Alex Ross, The Rest is Noise (2007)

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