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Free Concerts to Watch For



Rigoletto fans – and Mussorgsky fans – have ample reason to check out tomorrow's instalment of our Free Concert Series. Bass Robert Pomakov, who plays Monterone in Rigoletto, will be performing a new arrangement of Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death (arrangement by Canadian composer Gary Kulesha) along with the Juno-Award-winning Gryphon Trio, who have been praised for their "big, bold, almost orchestral performances" (LA Times). The program, titled Love, Loss, and Longing, will also include Beethoven's song cycle An die ferne Geliebte (To the distant beloved).



Next Wednesday, The Zodiac Trio will feature the works of Soviet-era composers, including well-known names like Stravinsky and Shostakovich as well as lesser-known names Denisov and Ustvolskaya. The Zodiac Trio has been hailed as "One the best chamber ensembles of its generation" by La Marseillaise and "Excellent, highly-gifted, exquisite" by La Tribune (France).

Top photo: Robert Pomakov.  

Middle photo: The Gryphon Trio.

Bottom photo: The Zodiac Trio.

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A Day in the Life of Gilda

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Behind the Scenes: From Rigoletto to Iphigenia

[This is a guest post by our associate technical director Barney Bayliss, the author of a series of posts for Parlando titled "Behind the Scenes." Read all of Barney's posts here]

Rigoletto and Iphigenia in Tauris are now running in the theatre. The production period for these two shows was stressful because of the size of the sets: it took so long to do the changeovers between the shows that we kept getting behind schedule. Now that the shows are open, changeovers are taking about six hours to complete (read more about the changeover process here).

One of our crew members who works on the changeovers is Paul Galle. Paul likes to make films, and asked me if I minded if he made a time lapse film of one of the changeovers from Rigoletto to Iphigenia in Tauris. The video you see here was shot from the second row of seats, one frame every ten seconds over six hours. Coffee and lunch breaks have been edited out.

I hope you like it, and thanks to Paul and the rest of the crew for their help.

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



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