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Halloween at the COC

As Halloween approached at the COC, our admin offices at 227 Front St. E. were decorated in an appropriately spooky way. Given the high death counts of some opera plots (Aida sees the deaths of three of its main characters; Death in Venice, well, has "death" right in the title) a makeshift cemetery seemed like the perfect decoration.

The leftmost tombstone features a hand arising from the grave . . . holding a conductor's baton. Carmen's tombstone is festooned with colorful flowers. In the middle, von Aschenbach's trip to Venice is commemorated. The two leftmost feature ill-fated Puccini heroines, Cio-Cio-San from Madama Butterfly and Mimì from La Bohème.

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Behind the Scenes with Barney: The Winter Season

[This is the 8th in a series of guest posts by Barney Bayliss, associate technical director at the COC. This post was written Oct. 26. To read the other posts in the series, click here]

The Magic Flute is our second new production this year. A new set, designed by Myung Hee Cho, is being built at our scene shop right now. 

Nixon in China is a rented production from St. Louis. We have never rented from them (to my knowledge). But the director is James Robinson, who has worked here before, and directed our production of Norma. And the set designer is Allen Moyer, who designed our Norma and our Flying Dutchman. Today we received the scenery, props and costumes from St. Louis, and loaded them into the IOOT.

IOOT stands for Imperial Oil Opera Theatre. It’s the official name of our large rehearsal room at 227 Front St. E. (The Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Opera Centre). We have owned the building there since 1985. It is a great rehearsal room, big enough to rehearse two operas on their actual sets in the same room. Here is a picture of some pieces of the Nixon scenery packed up and sitting in the IOOT (click "Read More" for picture):


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Johannes Debus and Jennifer Taverner at the RCM

This Friday, many of us at the COC will be getting dressed up and ready for Operanation VII. But if indie rock and theremins aren't your style, there's another place on Friday where you can see our artists at work: our Music Director Johannes Debus (copy for a previous RCM concert describes him as "urbane") will be conducting the Royal Conservatory Orchestra roughly four subway stops away from the Four Seasons Centre.

The program includes works by Fauré, Schumann, and Barber, and features a performance by the winner of this year's Glenn Gould School Concerto Competition, soprano Jennifer Taverner. It begins at 8 p.m. in the high-tech and beautiful Koerner Hall, and ticket prices start at $20. More information about the concert can be found on the RCM website

If you'll be at Operanation (or elsewhere) instead that evening but still would like to see Johannes at work, you've got two more chances this year: he'll conduct the final performances of Aida on Nov. 2 and 5.

Photo: Michael Cooper © 2009

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



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