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1/24/2014

A Musical Lifetime with Così: Sir Thomas Allen

By Gianmarco Segato, Adult Programs Manager

Tracy Dahl as Despina and Sir Thomas Allen as Don Alfonso

In an age in which superlatives such as “unforgettable,” “legendary” and “greatest” are thrown about indiscriminately, few would argue Sir Thomas Allen’s status as the pre-eminent lyric baritone of his generation. He has earned this title most especially for his iconic interpretations of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Count Almaviva, Figaro, Papageno, Guglielmo and Don Alfonso, both onstage and in the recording studio. Following his appearances at the Glyndebourne Festival in Sir Peter Hall’s legendary production, EMI recorded his Don Giovanni in 1984 – now considered the definitive account of Mozart’s notorious womanizer. For close to four decades he has been the baritone of choice for star conductors such as James Levine, Riccardo Muti, Georg Solti, John Eliot Gardiner, Colin Davis and Simon Rattle. Allen has not only mastered the fine balance between singing and acting needed to be a great opera singer, but stands as a master interpreter of the art song, especially in the English and French repertoire. He now passes on his expertise to the next generation of artists, giving masterclasses worldwide including, since 1996, at his own Samling Academy, located in Allen’s beloved native country in North East England.

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1/22/2014

An Exploration of Enchantment: Egoyan Directs Così fan tutte

By Claire Morley, Associate Manager, Editorial

Robert Gleadow as Guglielmo, Paul Appleby as Ferrando, Wallis Giunta as Dorabella and Layla Claire as Fiordiligi

Setting the scene: In Mozart’s wry comedy, Così fan tutte, two soldiers, Ferrando and Guglielmo, are challenged to test the fidelity of their fiancées, sisters Dorabella and Fiordiligi. Ferrando and Guglielmo disguise themselves and woo the sisters, who, although perfectly aware they are being deceived, nevertheless grapple with strong emotions that make us all wonder: When it comes to the laws of attraction, how much are we really in control of ourselves?

It’s no secret that director Atom Egoyan’s experience lies in exploring characters and stories that are often psychologically probing and can be deeply dark (like his remounting of Salome at the COC this past spring). Although his Così will certainly pose some very serious questions by delving into a close examination of love, fidelity, and what happens when we are tested by these forces, Egoyan is thrilled to explore the comedy in Mozart’s sparkling and beautiful work.

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1/17/2014

The Toronto Star goes to Opera School with Così fan tutte!

In the months leading up to our brand new winter production of Mozart's Così fan tutte directed by Atom Egoyan, the Toronto Star joined us to explore the many departments that work together to bring a production to life. The result? An entire week's worth of opera school! Watch the videos below to get a glimpse of how the company comes together to create a new production, with a variety of staff members from our props, sets, costumes and wigs department as well as music staff!

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