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The Big COC Podcast — Episode 29

By Gianmarco Segato, Adult Programs Manager


For Episode 29, the “Oldies but Goodies” edition, we welcome back Opera Canada editor, Wayne Gooding; opera journalist Paula Citron; and, opera blogger John Gilks. Gianmarco Segato, the COC’s Adult Programs Manager is your host. This week we’re hot on the trail of the latest developments to several ongoing opera stories: 

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A Day in the Life: The Bremen Town Musicians

by Jenna Douglas

For over 30 years, students from all across Ontario have been inspired and delighted by the magic of live opera performance. The operas developed for the Glencore Ensemble Studio School Tour are adapted or created specifically for young audiences, and the artists perform in full costume with sets, props and piano accompaniment. The operas are performed in English and an informal question-and-answer period with the cast immediately follows each performance.

We asked pianist Jenna Douglas (also the mind behind Schmopera, the opera blog) to share a day in the life on the road with the Ensemble Studio School Tour, as they perform The Bremen Town Musicians. Read on for her account of an average day on tour, and check out the bottom of post for a video interview with the cast! 

Our other touring family opera, The Scorpions' Sting: An Egyptian Myth, will be presented at the Royal Ontario Museum on November 29th at 11am, free with museum admission! Find out more about the event here.

The Bremen Town Musicians Cast Interview 


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Meet the 2014 Ensemble Studio Competition Finalists: Charles Sy

On November 25, 2014, seven finalists will take to the mainstage of the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts for the Ensemble Studio Competition, the feature event of Centre Stage gala. The event will be hosted by world-renowned Canadian tenor Ben Heppner, and the singers will be accompanied by the internationally acclaimed COC Orchestra conducted by COC Music Director Johannes Debus. To watch the competition and see Canada's rising opera stars, visit our Centre Stage website and buy your tickets today! Over the next two weeks, follow along on Parlando as we introduce you to each of our finalists.

Charles Sy, Tenor

Born in Toronto, but was raised on the lake shore in Mississauga, Charles Sy discovered opera later in life. He didn’t come from a musical family but, being somewhat shy, was able to express himself freely through performance. “One of my proudest moments was when I was given the big solo in 'O little town of Bethlehem' in the annual Christmas pageant”, he says.

From there, Charles became involved with musical theatre. “I loved the deep emotional commitment one had to make with a work while developing a character,” he says. “I became obsessed with being on the stage and felt most at home while I was performing.”




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



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