Parlando: The COC Blog

9/11/2013

Opera in Schools: The COC @ Howard Park Jr. P.S.

By Vanessa Smith, School Programs Manager

While it’s true that every child is different, there is one thing about children that stays pretty constant - they’re always on the move! Running, playing, dancing, fidgeting – movement is always present in their bodies and minds. When tackling a subject like opera, which can be difficult and foreign to younger students, it’s good to “start from where you are” – in this case, we decided to start by getting moving!

About a year ago, Howard Park Junior Public School approached the COC education and outreach team to discuss ways to give their entire school an opera experience. In consultation with the school’s Arts Council and teachers, we came up with a plan to teach sections of the dance curriculum through opera workshops this spring. Each class, including both French immersion students and English students, would participate in two to three workshops over the course of three weeks in March and April.

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9/10/2013

European Summer Festivals: Part 1

By Alexander Neef, General Director

Firstly, my apologies that these posts are a little behind, but while I was in Europe I managed to see 12 operas over 13 days in five cities and, in the end, there’s so much to write about that I will have to recount my trip over the course of a few posts.

My summer tour began with a production of Nabucco at Opera di Roma, conducted by a Verdi master, Riccardo Muti. His performance was absolutely incredible with every detail of Verdi’s score lovingly explored. It’s amazing how a great conductor can make even pieces you’ve heard many, many times sound fresh and exciting.

Bayreuth was next.

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9/6/2013

Free Concert Series Returns for its 2013/2014 Season

Summer may be over, but there are tons of reasons to get excited for fall. At the top of the list is the return of the Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre!

We recently unveiled an exciting line-up of 79 concerts for our 2013/2014 season and over the next 10 months, audiences can experience world class talent from Canada and around the world in six diverse series: vocal, chamber, piano virtuoso, jazz, dance and world music.

Below, we've selected a few highlights from this season that you won't want to miss!

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