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Memories of the Four Seasons Centre


This summer, the Four Seasons Centre celebrated its five-year anniversary, and we asked our twitter followers to share their favourite memories of the building. Here are a few of the highlights:

@gingerhat: Sudden death in family day before Elektra opened. Sang, somehow. RB [Richard Bradshaw] in dressing rm, after: big hug & "thanks for doing this". 

@operarunner: wonderful Richard Bradshaw, who had the vision and faith that Toronto could have an opera house

@racheldubs: meeting @SimoneOsborne and having a backstage tour, so exciting and inspiring! best wishes for the next five! 

@giannawichelow: Too hard to pick. Staff getting to go onstage for curtain call of last Götterdämmerung, then opening chorus in War and Peace

@JessicaMuirhead: I loved the #hardhat concerts! Remember how amazing the kids were when told 2 be quiet for the acoustic tests? 

@stephapps: Volunteering for concert for schools in 2006. Feedback - 10 yr. old: "Yo man, those bathrooms are SICK!"

@Rinatshaham: Had such a pleasant surprise to do a Carmen run with you! Best ever jump-in for me! :) Hope to return soon! Xoxo

Do you have any favourite memories of the Four Seasons Centre? Please share them with us by leaving a comment on this entry!

Photo: Robert Gleadow performs in the Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphithieatre. © Tracy Kay 2011

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Interview with Christopher Alden, and Riff on Rigoletto

  • In the video above, Rigoletto director Christopher Alden (whom COC patrons might remember as the director of The Flying Dutchman in 2010) gives us his take on Verdi's masterwork. For Alden, the themes of power, privilege, and sexual morality loom large. He sees the title character, Rigoletto, as an anti-hero battling to keep the disturbing facts of his professional life – and the world he operates in – separate from his private home life. As well as watching the video, which contains some costume sketches and set mock-ups, you can read more about Alden's production here.

  • Although the Duke is not a very likeable character, he does get some great tunes. We'd like you to join in the fun! Our new contest, Riff on Rigoletto, invites you to submit your own creative take on the unforgettable aria "La donna è mobile" for a chance to win a pair of tickets to Rigoletto plus vocal coaching sessions with award-winning jazz vocalist Adi Braun and COC vocal coach Wayne Vogan. The submission deadline is Oct. 5 – don't miss out!

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Austra! Today's Links, September 8

  • The lineup for Operanation 8: A Muse Ball just got a dose of indie-cool: breakthrough Canadian dance-pop band Austra will be joining Rufus Wainwright at the party. Austra's performance will include a collaboration with two members of the Ensemble Studio: soprano Ambur Braid (who tore up the stage at last year's Operanation with Broken Social Scene) and baritone Adrian Kramer.

  • Austra's frontwoman, Katie Stelmanis, is an alumnus of the Canadian Children's Opera Company, and credits her early exposure to opera as a major influence on her style. This Toronto Star review of Austra's debut album Feel it Break predicts that it " is going to make her an indie star." Check out the video above for a preview.

  • Two of our Ensemble Studio graduates, Wallis Giunta and Yannick Muriel-Noah, are singing leading roles in Opera Lyra Ottawa's upcoming production of Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci! In this interview with the Ottawa Citizen (including a video), they discuss their roles and careers.

  • Alexander Neef, our General Director, blogs about Montreal's new Maison Symphonique: "as one might expect, the acoustics are glorious: detailed, warm, rich and transparent."

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



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