Parlando: The COC Blog

2/22/2011

Robert Orth to Richard Nixon

[This is a guest post by Gianna Wichelow, Senior Communications Manager, Creative]

Before the Sunday, February 13 performance of Nixon in China, American baritone Robert Orth graciously let us in on his makeup and wig transformation into Richard Nixon, the role he’s been playing recently on the stage of the Four Seasons Centre.

Robert’s transformation begins with an understanding of the differences between his face and Nixon’s.

Nixon had a square face; an almost iconic, bulbous nose; and a sharp crease between his eyebrows. Robert uses different shades of makeup to create the illusions he needs: paler shadow is used on the sides of his face, and darker on the top and bottom to make it wider and squarer. Shading also plays an important role in widening his slim nose, especially making it flare out at the bottom. Pencil creates the marked crease (an intense worry-line) between the eyebrows, and also the small vertical indent at the end of his nose. 

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Posted by Gianna Wichelow / in 2010/2011 / comments (3) / permalink

2/17/2011

The Ensemble Studio Performance is Tonight!

If you haven't seen the fun new set of photos taken at the dress rehearsal for the Special Performance of The Magic Flute by members of the COC Ensemble Studio, go take a look!

Toi, toi, toi to tonight's cast! 

Photo: (l – r) Adrian Kramer as Papageno, Michael Barrett as Monostatos and Simone Osborne as Pamina. © Michael Cooper 2011.

Posted by Cecily Carver / in Ensemble Studio / comments (0) / permalink

2/15/2011

Youth Opera Lab

Registration opened on Monday for our Youth Opera Lab workshops, a unique opportunity for young adults aged 16 – 21 to see a work-in-progress at the COC. Along with an interactive workshop and the chance to meet some of the creative people behind our mainstage productions, participants attend a working rehearsal (a rehearsal where the performers are still receiving guidance from the conductor) and get two tickets to the dress rehearsal (the "dry run" of the performance)—and all for free.

There's a lab for each opera in our season, and last month participants met with the set and costume designer for The Magic Flute, Myung Hee Cho (at left in the photo). Myung Hee spoke with the students about her design process and demonstrated the set mock-ups. The participants then split into groups and took a crack at making some of their own set and costume mock-ups. Later on, a member of our props team talked about what goes into creating the various objects they would be seeing on stage. 

In the image below, you can see the design maquette used by Myung Hee Cho to model her designs for The Magic Flute; the Youth Opera Lab participants got to take a look at it up close.

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Posted by Cecily Carver / in Education / comments (0) / permalink

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

 

 

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