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Free Concert Series Highlights for January

Artists of the COC Orchestra in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre

In 2014, we resolve to offer you some of the best musical experiences in the city! We're making good on that New Year's resolution this month with iconic jazz artists and promising rising stars, a plethora of classical recitals, and an intense dance performance you won't want to miss!


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Così fan tutte Listening Guide

By Gianmarco Segato, Adult Programs Manager

Like Don Giovanni which came before it, Mozart’s Così fan tutte is identified in its libretto as a dramma giocoso, an Italian term for operas that contain both comic and tragic elements. Conventionally thought of as light, frothy and joyful, Così is also shot through with a decidedly poignant, sad and cynical edge. Our responses are always being played with: the two sisters are clearly devastated when their fiancés must go off to war and the men join in on their sorrow… and yet, we know the latter two are just play-acting. This constant state of ambivalence might partly explain the opera’s difficult critical history. 


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The Big COC Podcast: Episode 20

By Gianmarco Segato, Adult Programs Manager


For Episode 20, the “Hey, singers – be careful out there!” edition, we welcome back opera journalists Joseph So, and Paula Citron as well as Alia Rosenstock, Associate Artist Manager with Dean Artists Management. Gianmarco Segato, the COC’s Adult Programs Manager, is your host. 

Lots of “opinion piece” stories this week – and we don’t shy away from adding in our own!

Are you out there listening? What would you like us to talk about next time? Let us know by sending us your ideas/comments by commenting here, on Facebook, Twitter or by e-mail (

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

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