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Performing John Adams for John Adams

[This is a guest post by baritone Peter McGillivray. McGillivray will be performing Wednesday March 2 in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre as part of our Free Concert Series presented by National Bank. The concert is part of the New Creations Festival, and features the vocal writing of composer John Adams. Adams himself will introduce and discuss the program.]

There are few greater thrills for a singer than to have an opportunity to present the music of one of the world’s most acclaimed contemporary composers before an appreciative audience. Conversely, there are few greater sources of potential anxiety for a singer than to have to perform said music in the physical presence of said composer (we’ll set the audience aside for a moment). Such is the anxious thrill of rehearsing an extremely provocative program of operatic extracts from the monumental stage works of John Adams, often referred to as America’s greatest living composer. Adams, soprano Betty Waynne Allison, pianist Anne Larlee and I are currently in the midst of rehearsing scenes from Adams’ operas, Nixon in China, The Death of Klinghoffer, and Doctor Atomic for a concert next Wednesday, March 2, at 12 p.m. The performance is part of the Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre presented by National Bank, and is part of the Toronto Symphony’s New Creations Festival.


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The Nightingale goes to BAM: Day One

[This is a guest post by technical director David Feheley, who is travelling with the cast and crew of The Nightingale and Other Short Fables to the Brooklyn Academy of Music in NYC, where the work will receive its U.S. premiere on March 1. This post was written Feb. 22] 

Well, OK it is kinda day two but . . .

Yesterday was President’s Day here in the U.S. As a result we were only scheduled for one four-hour call to load the scenery into the theatre. The load-in here is off the street and down a ramp, and the ramp ends right onstage. The scenery for Nightingale is really heavy so we were concerned about how much time it would take to get everything off the truck. The local crew was great, the trucks were unloaded in a couple of hours, and we got a chance to sort everything. BAM got our lighting hung and the supports under the orchestra pit lift done last week so we were ready to go first thing this morning.

We started with the pool at 9 a.m. and by coffee the main structure and plywood was done. We spent the rest of the morning getting the ashtray (the raised platform with railing where some performers will stand; see photos) on stage right built. The stage left ashtray went much faster and we then started getting the curtains, lighting, and electrics in under the ashtrays. By the time dinner was called we had the railings on the ashtrays and most of the trim on the pool.  Tonight we got the felt lining into the pool, the tumbling platform built, the dance floor down and the sidelight kit built. We cleaned up the stage and we will be ready to hang the shadow screen and then begin focus.


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Kanyova becomes Mrs. Nixon

[This is a guest post by Gianmarco Segato, Retail and Editorial Co-ordinator]

Before the Feb. 11 performance of Nixon in China, soprano Maria Kanyova (who is singing the role of Pat Nixon), generously allowed us to take a few photos of her as she transformed herself from an everyday, contemporary opera singer into a 1970s icon remembered best for her perfectly-set blonde hairdo and smart red suit. 


As she began applying her makeup (standard foundation, thick false eyelashes, and the pièce de résistance, deep crimson lipstick), we chatted a bit about her take on the First Lady.


Posted by Gianmarco Segato / in 2010/2011 / comments (0) / permalink

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



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