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Idomeneo, Camps and Awards: This Week's Links

  • Tomorrow at 1 p.m. on CBC Radio 2's Saturday Afternoon at the Opera, you can listen to our spring 2010 production of Mozart's Idomeneo, featuring Paul Groves and Isabel Bayrakdarian. If you have other plans for that afternoon, not to worry: you can listen to the full broadcast anytime online at this link, courtesy of CBC Radio's Concerts on Demand.

  • Our website redesign by digital design firm Delvinia has won two awards this week! Adam Froman, who has worked closely with us on the redesign, talks about the process in this month's issue of Vue magazine (here's a PDF of the full article).

  • John Terauds of the Toronto Star spent some time watching the action at Summer Opera Camp

    Opera Camp ended with a bang last Friday at the company’s Jackman Theatre, filled to capacity with energized children and their proud guardians and friends.

    The kids sang and danced. They had created their own sets inspired by Semele and Iphigénie en Tauride, two operas on the company’s upcoming season schedule. They even fashioned their own soundscapes, edited and digitally manipulated from the hundreds of samples they’d recorded inside and out.

    That final performance was very well done. You could even call it slick.

    But the way to the finished product was anything but straight and smooth. [read the full article]

  • Tenor René Barbera, who will be singing Rinuccio with us in Gianni Schicchi in our upcoming season, swept the top honours at the Operalia competition, winning the first prizes for both opera and zarzuela as well as the Audience Choice Prize. Operatoonity has more, including a video of his prize-winning performance of "Pour mon âme" from Donizetti's La fille du régiment.

Photo: Paul Groves as Idomeneo with the COC Chorus in the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Idomeneo. © Michael Cooper 2010 

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Today's Links, July 28

  • In PEI this weekend? Head to the Indian River Festival for the chance to hear our Tosca, internationally acclaimed Toronto soprano Adrianne Pieczonka, in concert (for a sample, watch the video above, in which she sings Dvořák's "Song to the Moon" from Rusalka). The program is titled "Saturday Night at the Opera" and also features mezzo-soprano Laura Tucker. 

  • There's another operatic opportunity the following weekend, this time in Ontario: the Brott Music Festival in Hamilton will be presenting a semi-staged production of Carmen starring Ensemble Studio graduate and frequent COC performer Lauren Segal (last seen on our stage as Dryad in Ariadne auf Naxos). Read this interview with the Hamilton Spectator for her take on the role of Carmen. 

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Moonstruck: Today's Links, July 27

When it comes to Hollywood movies with iconic opera scenes, few are more iconic than the scene in 1987's Moonstruck where the characters played by Cher and Nicolas Cage see La Bohème at the Metropolitan Opera. But as David Fleischer at Torontoist reports, the stage of Markham Theatre stands in for Lincoln Center in the excerpts from La Bohème (the shots of the exterior and the couple watching the performance in the auditorium were taken at the Met). Lotfi Mansouri, our general director at that time, helped put together the cinematic opera performance, and is listed in the movie's credits. Read more at Torontoist! 

Update: Another COC connection: the singer who plays Rodolfo in the scene is Ensemble Studio graduate and Order of Canada recipient John Fanning!

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



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