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Devereux Dream Team: A Stellar Cast Brings Elizabethan Court To Life

By Gianmarco Segato, Adult Programs Manager

Leonardo Capalbo and Sondra Radvanovsky in Roberto Devereux

Bel canto (literally, “beautiful singing”) is an elusive term. It is most often used as a convenient, catch-all phrase referring to the early 19th-century period in Italian opera dominated by Rossini, Bellini and Donizetti. But it also denotes a singing style, the hallmarks of which are beauty of tone, wide range, extreme flexibility and expressive utterance of text. For this spring’s Roberto Devereux, the COC has assembled an ace team of highly trained vocal athletes who are ready to meet bel canto’s extreme demands in Donizetti’s great historical drama about the last days of England’s “Virgin Queen,” Elizabeth I (Elisabetta).


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An emotional response to Hercules

Corporal Romeo Daley

On April 3, 2014, the Canadian Opera Company invited veterans groups and their families to the BMO Financial Group Student Dress Rehearsal of Peter Sellars' production of Handel’s Hercules. See what they had to say about this moving production and watch as they share their experiences with us.


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Not to Perish: Peter Sellars on Hercules, Handel's poignant examination of psychic breakdown

By Nikita Gourski,  Development Communications Officer

“We have art so that we might not perish from the truth.” Friedrich Nietzsche

“There’s an idea that opera is some useless entertainment for rich people and has no larger civic function,” notes American director Peter Sellars. “And for me it’s really the opposite.”


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

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