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COC Celebrates Culture Days with Die Fledermaus


September 28, 2012, 7:30 – 9 p.m. 

Doors open at 6:15 p.m. 

Pre-rehearsal chat at 6:30 p.m. 

Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. (at University Avenue) 

Tickets: FREE 

As part of Culture Days, a three-day, cross-Canada event aimed at encouraging participation in the arts, the Canadian Opera Company offers an exclusive opportunity to attend a portion of a rehearsal of the COC’s new production of Johann Strauss II’s madcap comedy Die Fledermaus at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. Before the rehearsal, get the inside scoop at an exclusive pre-performance interview hosted by Brent Bambury who will be chatting with costume designer, Constance Hoffman and set designer Allen Moyer.

The rehearsal process is rarely open to the general public but on Friday, September 28, 2012, 500 people can catch a first glimpse of this effervescent operetta of mistaken identity and seduction set in elegant, early 20th-century Vienna. A pre-rehearsal chat in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre in the Four Seasons Centre, gives audience members insight into the popular work, as well as into the process of bringing an operatic production to the stage. 

Admission is limited to 500 patrons. 

Tickets to the event are FREE and will be distributed at the door starting at 6 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis with an allowance of one ticket per person.

Tickets are not available in advance. 

For more information, call COC Ticket Services at 416-363-8231.

Photo: Preliminary costume sketch of a chorus girl (top) and the character Adele (bottom) by costume designer Constance Hoffman for the COC’s production of Die Fledermaus, 2012.

Posted by Danielle D'Ornellas / in 2012/2013 / comments (13) / permalink

Mark Goodman (8/22/2012 5:56:00 PM)
Brilliant idea! I'm coming.
ANA SOFIA MAYTAH (8/22/2012 8:27:00 PM)
I will be there. Thanks!!!
Judy Durie (8/23/2012 12:31:00 AM)
I'm telling all my friends! What a lovely idea. Thank you. Question: where do we line up? By the Box office or where we would for the lunchtime concerts?
Danielle (8/23/2012 2:15:00 PM)
Hi Judy, the line up will be organized the same way as the Free Concert Series. We look forward to seeing you there!
Danielle (8/23/2012 2:17:00 PM)
Hi Judy, the line up will be organized the same way as the Free Concert Series. We look forward to seeing you there!
M.E. Loweth (8/23/2012 4:33:00 PM)
Great idea but if it means struggling with 500 plus others to get a ticket at the door it will not be helpful to us, nor perhaps, to many other of your subscribers.
Danielle (8/23/2012 9:18:00 PM)
Hi M.E., We organized an open rehearsal of Aida in 2010 the same way and found that the process was polite and orderly. Patrons arrived approximately an hour before the doors were open, lined up around the building and we were able to accommodate everybody in line.
Danielle (8/28/2012 4:00:00 AM)
Hi Donna, thanks for expressing your concerns about admission to the free Culture Days event at the COC. Because this is a free event and unlike a regular opera performance, we do not issue tickets in advance or take any reservations. We hand out tickets at the door to ensure that patrons who receive a ticket are actually in attendance. With free events, you are invited to join your fellow patrons and the general public as everybody waits their chance to be admitted into the venue on a first-come first-served basis. We hope you’ll be able to join us!
Donna L. Shiplett (8/28/2012 1:35:00 PM)
Opera subscribers who live in Durham Region & work . like myself and a friend who now subscribes with me, are unlikely to attend. With the unpredictability of Toronto traffic and work commitments, we cannot be there before 5:30 p.m. Anone over 70 years of age or with a disability cannot stand in line for for lengthy period of time to get a ticket. if you are issuing the tickets using the limited ticket wickets, you will have patrons in line for at least an hour. have you thought out howe to do this more efficiently? I stood in line for a Ballet rush seat in December 2011 & there werre no rush seats availbale but we were not told that until 58 minutes after the box office opened. I will not ever do that again. Will this be a similarly negative experience for opera subscribers & only for those in good health and with no disability issues?
Adrienne Pollak (9/20/2012 3:52:00 PM)
Thank goodness I have been able to juggle my budget to manage a full subscription. There is no way I could have stood for hours in the "maybe" line-up for a working rehearsal ticket. One would have to be fairly young, able-bodied, retired, unemployed or playing hookie to have a fighting chance with the round-the-block line-up.
(9/20/2012 4:24:00 PM)
What is "a portion of a rehearsal? 30 minutes?
Danielle (9/21/2012 4:00:00 AM)
Hi Adrienne, we understand that lining up is not ideal for everybody, but one of the goals for Culture Days is to provide a free opportunity for the general public to enjoy the arts and try something new. By distributing tickets on a first come, first served basis we are able to ensure that we fill the event with eager participants (who may not be able to attend otherwise) without having empty seats due to ticket holders who don't attend.
Danielle (9/21/2012 4:00:00 AM)
Hi Myrna, this event offers a great chance to see the rehearsal process, but the director and creative team may not necessarily run the performance from start to finish because they may need time to work on specific scenes or acts. During the rehearsal there will be lots of starting and stopping. The portion of the rehearsal that is open to the public will be from 7:30 p.m. until the first break at approximately 9 p.m., after that point the artists will need time for individual work.

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



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