Parlando: The COC Blog

9/7/2011

Conductors, Directors, and Pilates: Today's Links, Sept. 7

  • In the video above, Iphigenia in Tauris conductor Pablo Heras-Casado talks about the emotional power of Gluck's music. He's also enthusiastic about starring mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, calling her the "Iphigenia of this decade."

  • Also, here's an interview in The WholeNote with Robert Carsen, the director of last season's Orfeo ed Euridice and this season's upcoming production of Iphigenia in Tauris. He talks about how he came to direct his acclaimed Gluck productions at the COC:

    Alexander Neef invited Carsen here soon after he took over the COC following Bradshaw’s untimely death. Neef had seen Carsen’s work frequently at the Paris Opera, where Neef had been casting director. “When Alexander started talking to me about projects, he told me he wanted to bring my two Gluck productions here. I thought that was great, so I didn’t inquire why he chose those. Then later I discovered that the COC had never done anything by Gluck. I was amazed — and delighted, because Orfeo ed Euridice is one of the most important works in all of the opera canon as the first of Gluck’s reform operas, and Iphigenia in Tauris is Gluck’s masterpiece. It’s a fabulous, fantastic opera, one of my favourites.” So the pairing of the two operas makes a kind of mini-cycle, he points out. “I call it a bi-cycle.”
  • Also, here's a chance to get fit alongside a Greek warrior! We'll be hosting a FREE pilates class in St. James Park (southwest corner of Adelaide and Jarvis) with tenor Joseph Kaiser, who plays Pylades in Iphigenia in Tauris. The class will be led by a Synergy Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation instructor. Wear comfortable clothes and bring your own mat. RSVP on Facebook!

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