What's he doing with us: This fall we're presenting a brand new production of one of opera's most beloved love stories — Puccini's heartbreaking La Bohème. Our Set and Costume Designer David Farley makes his COC debut imagining the world of Rodolfo, Mimì, Marcello and Musetta, designing a set inspired by and comprised of Marcello’s paintings.
Where you might have seen him: The Olivier Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated designer has credits that include a deliciously bleak production of The Turn of the Screw at the New York City Opera, several highly lauded theatre productions such as La Cage aux Folles and Sunday in the Park with George in London's West End and Broadway (the latter of which earned him an Olivier), and closer to home for us, Kiss Me, Kate at the Stratford Festival.
His background: A graduate of the Oxfordshire School of Art and Design and Wimbledon School of Art, Farley started his career with a strong, practical background in Theatre Design and had his first big break designing a David Mamet double bill of Sexual Perversity in Chicago and The Shawl.
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By Fred Davis, beekeeper of the honeybees that live on the roof the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.
The long, cold winter and the wet, cool spring have had an impact on the health of the hives. It has taken the bees until July to build back up to full force, so we expect a late harvest this year. With so many wet days this summer to boot — which is in total contrast to the long, hot and dry summer we experienced in southwest Ontario last year — it's been pretty challenging to encourage the bee population to grow to its full strength.
I fed sugar water solution to them in mid-June, which is very unusual. Two hives still do not have honey supers on. I have kept them off because if you give the bees too much room to move around, the queen will not lay her eggs in an efficient manner. I hope to put them on the weekend of July 20, which should give them enough time to produce before the long weekend in September.
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Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001