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Teaser Trailer for Nixon in China

Our video teaser for Nixon in China is up! The track featured in this clip is The People Are The Heroes Now, one of the opera's most memorable choruses. To hear more music from Nixon in China, check out the Listening Guide and Podcasts.

All images in video © 2004 Ken Howard.

Posted by Cecily Carver / in 2010/2011 / comments (0) / permalink


Teaser Trailer for The Magic Flute

The video teaser trailer for our new production of The Magic Flute is now online! The aria featured, Der Hölle Rache, is one of the best-known coloratura arias in the repertoire. You can listen to the complete aria, as well as other selections from Mozart's masterpiece, at our Listening Guide.

Video features set and costume designs by designer Myung Hee Cho. 

Posted by Cecily Carver / in 2010/2011 / comments (0) / permalink


An Unexpected Evening of Shakespeare

Tickets for our winter operas went on sale Monday morning, for performances in late January and February. The winter run may seem far away, but there are plenty of opportunities for operatic fun in the meantime! This Wednesday, Dec. 1 at 8 p.m., Against the Grain Theatre, a brand-new theatre company, will be presenting An Unexpected Evening of Shakespeare at Heliconian Hall (35 Hazelton Ave). The program will include theatrical and operatic selections inspired by Shakespeare (meaning lots of Verdi), and beer is available to sip during the performance. The cost is Pay-What-You-Can, with a suggested donation of $20.

Many of the performers have worked closely with the COC, including: 

  • Joel Ivany (the founder and artistic director), a COC assistant director of productions including La Bohème and our upcoming Orfeo ed Euridice
  • Miriam Khalil, soprano and Ensemble Studio alumna 
  • Adam Luther, tenor, also a graduate of the Ensemble Studio
  • Christopher Mokrzewski, also an Ensemble Studio graduate and the current music director of Isis and the Seven Scorpions
  • Gene Wu, a current member of the COC Chorus
  • Carol Gimbel, a violist who has played with the COC Orchestra
  • Keith Klassen, who has performed in our Free Concert Series

This promises to be a very laid-back, fun, and unique night of music and theatre . . . especially if you've ever found yourself wishing that the practice of enjoying a nice beverage during performances hadn't fallen out of fashion.

Posted by Cecily Carver / in Opera Appreciation / comments (2) / permalink

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



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