By Gianmarco Segato, Adult Programs Manager
For Episode 23, the “Winding down with Dignity and Grace” edition, we welcome back opera journalist Joseph So, Ali Kashani, the COC’s Associate Director, Institutional Gifts (and opera aficionado) and, for the first time, Toronto-based arts journalist Catherine Kustanczy. Gianmarco Segato, the COC’s Adult Programs Manager is your host.
As one would expect in the opera world, not all the drama happens on the stage:
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Spring is finally here! Well, at least that's what our calendar says.
We're hoping that this month's line-up of classical, jazz and new music
will help get you into the spring spirit, and maybe some real spring
weather will follow!
Thursday, April 3, 2014
12 - 1 p.m.
Love Song Waltzes
Artists of the COC Ensemble Studio
Artists of the COC Ensemble Studio (singers Gordon Bintner, Charlotte Burrage, Claire de Sévigné and Andrew Haji, with pianists Michael Shannon and Liz Upchurch) celebrate love, life and music in a performance of Brahms' tour-de-force for four voices and two pianists: Liebeslieder Walzer (Love Song Waltzes). The piece is paired with Canadian composer John Greer's whimsical modern answer to Brahms, the Liebesleid-Lieder on texts by Dorothy Parker and others.
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While creating the libretto for Handel's Hercules, librettist Thomas Broughton created his composition from a variety of classic sources and, unlike other modern depictions of Hercules, the opera doesn't focus on his lineage as a demi-god, or his 'superhero' achievements, but the very human circumstances that surround his death. This spring, director Peter Sellars takes the tale and adapts it for a modern age, highlighting the emotional, and spiritual, drain of war on soldiers and the families they leave behind at home. To further your understanding of this opera, here are five book selections, some of which you can find in the Opera Shop.
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Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001