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Remembering Maureen Forrester: Today's Links, July 26

Many opera-lovers gathered at the Stratford Summer Music festival yesterday to pay tribute to the beloved Canadian contralto Maureen Forrester, who in the video above sings Urlicht, the fourth movement of Mahler's Symphony No. 2 ("Resurrection"). The Toronto Star describes the moving tribute in detail, and the author's blog Sound Mind reprints a heartfelt tribute to Forrester by Colin Firth.

The big COC news yesterday was the announcement that Rufus Wainwright will be headlining our fall fundraising bash, Operanation 8: A Muse Ball

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Rufus Wainwright to headline Operanation 8: A Muse Ball

Exciting news for Torontonians who love a good party: Rufus Wainwright, the beloved Canadian singer/songwriter and, of late, opera composer, will be headlining Operanation 8: A Muse Ball

Wainwright, whose opera Prima Donna recently premiered at the Royal Opera House in London and has been announced for New York City Opera's 2011/2012 season, has been referred to as "the greatest songwriter on the planet" by no less a songwriter than Elton John. 

Operanation 8: A Muse Ball will take place at the Four Seasons Centre on the evening of Oct. 21. Tickets will be available starting Sept. 1. Mark your calendars! And for a sampling of his songwriting, both operatic and otherwise, check out this documentary trailer:

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Daily Links, July 22

  • Ensemble Studio graduate Teiya Kasahara (pictured above in costume) is singing Tytania in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Aspen Music Festival! See a photo of her in rehearsal in the Denver Post.

  • We're holding auditions this fall for the position of Principal Viola. 

  • We're still looking for supers (non-singing extras) for Rigoletto and Iphigenia in Tauris.

Photo © Teiya Kasahara 2011

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



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