Parlando: The COC Blog

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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9/5/2013

Inside Opera: Building Bohème - Costumes and Wigs

The Canadian Opera Company's popular Inside Opera video series is back, this time with a look at our first production of the 2013/2014 season, Puccini's romantic classic, La Bohème!

Watch the video below and join costume and set designer David Farley behind the scenes as he tours the COC's wigs and costume departments and works with our staff to get just the right fit for our cast in this new production. 

Don't forget to catch up with our first Inside Opera video from this season, which features an interview with costume and set designer David Farley as he introduces the COC's scene shop and showcases the sets and props of La Bohème.

 

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