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11/21/2012

Meet the Finalists: Charlotte Burrage

On November 29, 10 young singers will participate in the COC Ensemble Studio Competition, competing for cash prizes and a position in the prestigious Ensemble Studio training program for emerging artists. Every day we will introduce you to some our finalists. Our next finalist? Mezzo-soprano Charlotte Burrage.

Finalist Charlotte Burrage, a mezzo soprano, credits her parents for getting her involved in a wide variety of extracurricular activities when she was a child. Even though she grew up in a small town (Sweaburg, ON, just southwest of Woodstock), she still had the opportunity to experience “every recreation possible.”

After trying music, theatre and sports, Charlotte quit competitive swimming to focus on singing and says, “I think the day I quit the [swim] team for music I knew there was no turning back.” 

At first Charlotte played piano, but became hooked on opera after meeting her teacher Vicki St. Pierre. “Her voice was the first operatic sound I had ever heard and I was blown away,” Charlotte remembers. “The power of her voice and the effect it had on me was something I had never experienced. I bought my first classical vocal recording shortly after meeting Vicki; she recommended Maureen Forrester and I haven't stopped listening to her since.”

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11/21/2012

Meet the Finalists: Gordon Bintner

On November 29, 10 young singers will participate in the COC Ensemble Studio Competition, competing for cash prizes and a position in the prestigious Ensemble Studio training program for emerging artists. Today we will introduce you to two of our finalists. Our first finalist? Bass-baritone Gordon Bintner.

Gordon Bintner, a native of Regina, SK, is drawn to opera because it means he’s always learning something new. For this bass-baritone, who says he would be a teacher if he weren’t a singer, the constant process of studying and performing is what makes opera so special.

Although he grew up singing, he only discovered opera in university. “It gives me a great deal of pleasure to explore this wonderful repertoire, to bring a character to life, and I find that studying and performing opera has had a profound impact on my personality, and my mind,” he says. “My journey in music and my journey through life are in many ways one and the same. Personal triumphs, the overcoming of obstacles, taking risks, sharing, discovery—it’s a lifelong journey, and it is as much personal as it is technical.”

Gordon’s music studies have taken him from Regina to Montreal, where he completed first a bachelor of music and then a master’s in opera and voice. He has also studied at Opera NUOVA (Edmonton), the Toronto Summer Music Academy and most recently the Merola Opera Program (San Francisco). He has portrayed Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro, Opera NUOVA), Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni, Opera McGill) and Colline (La Bohème, Angers Nantes Opéra). In 2013, he plays Lescaut (Manon) for Opéra de Montréal and appears in two productions by Opera McGill. 

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11/20/2012

Introduction to The Brothers Grimm

The Brothers Grimm

What's it all about?

The brothers in question are Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, two aspiring writers who are currently working below their pay grade as dictionary researchers. One day the brothers are solicited by a colleague Brentano to write a book full of folk tales and campfire stories. So the brothers start on an adventure to liberate stories from their friends and acquaintances! Through their travels they collect three key stories. Dortchen, a young maid besotted by Wilhelm, provides them with the seed for Rapunzel, shop-keeper Frau Viehmann introduces the moral tale of Little Red Cap and the narcoleptic Colonel Krause spins them the tale of Rumpelstiltskin

How can I see this production? 

The Brothers Grimm is currently touring across Ontario with Hansel and Gretel for the Xstrata Ensemble Studio School Tour and can be seen this December during GrimmFest, which runs from December 4 - 8. The Brothers Grimm will be performed on December 7 and 8 at Daniels Spectrum (formerly Regent Park Arts and Cultural Centre). Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for children and can be purchased online or on the phone.

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

 

 

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