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The Big COC Podcast – Episode 12 – It ain't so bad... is it?


For Episode 12, the “It ain’t so bad…is it?” edition, we welcome back opera journalist Joseph So; blogger John Gilks as well as Alia Rosenstock, Associate Artist Manager with Dean Artists Management. Gianmarco Segato, the COC’s Adult Programs Manager is your host. Here are just some of the exciting stories we covered this week:

  • The opera industry’s latest foray into statuette territory: the newly-minted Opera Awards as well as the slightly longer-established Opera News Awards
  • Confused about cross-over? So are we…but we make a brave stab at sorting out what is opera…and what is not!
  • Toronto’s Diamond Schmitt Architects is back with a new opera house – this time in St. Petersburg
  • What’s up with the art song recital – thriving or in need of reviving?
  • Corporate take-over! EMI gobbled by Warner!

Are you out there listening? Do you like our new introduction? What would you like us to talk about next? Let us know by sending us your ideas/comments by commenting here, on Facebook, Twitter or by e-mail (

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The Carmélite Nuns, Remembered.

by Claudine Domingue, Director of Public Relations

For many people, the final scene of Poulenc’s opera Dialogues des Carmélites is one that they will never forget.

The emotional impact as each nun goes to her death singing the "Salve Regina" is heightened by the realization that this opera is based on true events.

On July 17, 1794, 16 members of the order of Carmel in Campiègne, France, were executed by guillotine. They included 11 nuns, three lay sisters, and two novices. Their names were as follows:

Prioress Madeleine-Claudine Ledoine (Mother Teresa of St. Augustine), 1752 – 1794
Marie-Anne Brideau (Mother St. Louis), 1752 – 1794
Marie-Anne Piedcourt (Sister of Jesus Crucified), 1715 – 1794
Anne-Marie-Madeleine Thouret (Sister Charlotte of the Resurrection), 1715 – 1794
Marie-Antoinette Hanisset (Sister Teresa of the Holy Heart of Mary), 1740 – 1794
Marie-Françoise Gabrielle de Croissy (Mother Henriette of Jesus), 1745 – 1794
Marie-Gabrielle Trézel (Sister Teresa of St. Ignatius), 1743 – 1794
Rose-Chrétien de la Neuville (Sister Julia Louisa of Jesus), 1741 – 1794
Anne Petras (Sister Mary Henrietta of Providence), 1760 – 1794
Marie-Claude Cyprienne (Sister Euphrasia of the Immaculate Conception), 1736 – 1794
Marie-Geneviève Meunier (Sister Constance), 1765 – 1794
Angélique Roussel (Sister Mary of the Holy Ghost), 1742 – 1794
Marie Dufour (Sister St. Martha), 1742 – 1794
Julie Vérolot (Sister St. Francis Xavier), 1764 – 1794
Catherine Soiron, 1742 – 1794
Thérèse Soiron, 1748 – 1794


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Behind the Scenes of Dialogues des Carmélites

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



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