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9/27/2013

Anatomy of an Opera: Peter Grimes

Peter Grimes

This fall, alongside Puccini's romantic La Bohème, the Canadian Opera Company presents Benjamin Britten's powerful opera, Peter Grimes. Starring legendary tenor Ben Heppner in the title role, and Ensemble Studio graduate soprano Ileana Montalbetti as Ellen Orford, this production marks the first COC performance of Peter Grimes in a decade, and the first staging of the opera at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. 

The story of Peter Grimes is based on the "Peter Grimes" section of George Crabbe's epic poem The Borough (to honour the man who gave birth to the character, Britten wrote Crabbe in as a silent character in the opera) and the opera deals with village life, persecution and hope. In 2013, the opera is experiencing a surge of interest due to the 100th anniversary of Britten's birth, most notably an interesting staging at the Aldeburgh Festival (where Crabbe was born and Britten lived) with Peter Grimes staged outside on the beach

To better understand Britten's seminal work, watch our Peter Grimes Anatomy of an Opera video below.

 

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9/26/2013

Free Concert Series Highlights for September & October


Nagata Shachu's 2010 performance in the Free Concert Series.

Are you finding it difficult to choose from all the exciting concerts featured in the Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre this fall? We understand! With 14 wildly diverse concerts, ranging from classical recitals, to swinging jazz, to heart-pounding percussion ensembles, the choices seem endless. To help you out, we've highlighted six of the must-see concerts in September and October.

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9/24/2013

The Big COC Podcast: Episode 18

By Gianmarco Segato, Adult Programs Manager

 

For Episode 18, our “KICKSTARTING (literally) the fall season” edition, we welcome back Opera Canada editor, Wayne Gooding; Alia Rosenstock, Associate Artist Manager with Dean Artists Management as well as Ali Kashani, the COC’s Associate Director, Institutional Gifts (and opera aficionado.) Gianmarco Segato, the COC’s Adult Programs Manager, is your host.

You can tell things are heating up in opera land as we had lots to talk about this week:

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