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Saturday Afternoon at the Opera

There are only a handful of mainstage performances remaining in the 2010/2011 season (and what a season it's been) but there will be plenty of chances to hear, if not see, the action a second time. Each opera in our 10/11 season—plus a few from 2009/2010—will be featured in an upcoming broadcast on CBC Radio 2's Saturday Afternoon at the Opera

Also, the broadcasts will feature interviews with the season's artists, including Sondra Radvanovsky, Alan Oke, Isabel Bayrakdarian, Robert Orth, Lawrence Brownlee, and Sir Andrew Davis. 

The first COC opera to be broadcast in 2011 will be The Magic Flute on May 28featuring Isabel Bayrakdarian (whom you can see on stage now as Euridice) and Michael Schade. 

The full list of upcoming broadcast dates and scheduled interviews is available on our website.

For the twitter-inclined: Follow Saturday Afternoon at the Opera on twitter at cbcr2opera

Photo: Rodion Pogossov as Papageno in a scene from the COC production of The Magic Flute. Photo © 2011 Michael Cooper

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Spring Buzz on the COC's Honeybees

Last year the Canadian Opera Company was delighted to welcome two hives of honeybees on the roof of our opera house, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. On May 7, beekeeper Fred Davis brought in new hives, to replace the bees that didn't survive the winter, upping our hive numbers to seven!

Fred tells us more, below:

On Saturday May 7 we introduced a number of new hives to the rooftop of the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. I usually give hives about a week to get acclimatized to their new surroundings but had to extend that a while due to the poor weather. This week I starting champing at the bit to see how they


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Sir Andrew Davis and Neil Armfield on Ariadne auf Naxos

Last month, during rehearsals for Ariadne auf Naxos, director Neil Armfield and conductor Sir Andrew Davis spoke with a small audience of COC supporters about the interest this opera holds for them. What is the opera really about? What's the relationship between the lofty and the comic? See what they had to say: 


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



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