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10 Versions of Vissi D'Arte

"Vissi d'arte" (translation: I have lived for art) is one of opera's most iconic arias for soprano.

Forced to submit to someone she loathes in order to save her lover from execution, Tosca questions why, when she has devoted her life to art and love, God has repaid her with suffering. 

Here are 10 different interpretations by 10 different sopranos, including Adrianne Pieczonka who will sing the role with us:

Adrianne Pieczonka

Listen via her website:

Montserrat Caballe


Maria Callas


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Interview with Kaija Saariaho

Kaija Saariaho, the composer of our upcoming Love from Afar and on the Globe and Mail's list of musicians to watch in 2012, sat down with the COC for an interview about her opera. She talks about what makes Jaufré and Clémence each yearn for idealized faraway lovers, the role of the mysterious pilgrim in their romance, and how elements of the three manifest themselves in her own life.

To learn and hear more about her music, check out this blog post from December, which includes a collection of YouTube videos of her work. 

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Rehearsals Begin Today


This time of year is a time of rest for many, but the COC is buzzing with activity. Today is the first "official" day of rehearsals for Tosca and Love from Afar, and many of our artists spent the 25th and 26th on airplanes bound for Toronto. The chorus has already begun their work, with their first rehearsal last Sunday the 18th and the costume fittings beginning earlier in the month. Those responsible for the props, costumes, and scenery have also been working for months making sure that the productions are stage-ready. Opening night of Tosca, on Jan. 21, is now three and a half weeks away!

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



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