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10/21/2010

The Aida Trumpets Warming Up

We've talked about the Aida trumpets before, and now that Aida is well into its run, the instruments (and instrumentalists) are being put through their paces! Check out these pictures of the trumpeters warming up for the third performance:

 

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Posted by Cecily Carver / in 2010/2011 / comments (1) / permalink

10/20/2010

Behind the Scenes with Barney: Operanation

[This is the seventh in a series of guest posts by associate technical director Barney Bayliss. This post was written Oct. 19. To read the others in the series, click here]  

I ended my last blog with an invitation for requests. Cecily obliged, and suggested that I do an entry about Operanation, the big fundraising party we throw every year. This year’s Operanation will have a Cinderella theme, and falls on Oct. 29.

Since 2006, when we moved into the new Four Seasons Centre, we have used our beautiful lobby for this party. Before that it was held in different locations like the Spoke Club, or the Distillery District, and I didn’t have to support it with technical direction. But the job of transforming our bright, formal lobby into something darker, more colourful, and LOUDER, is a challenge. So Operanation is a chance for us to set up a big sound system, lights, and stages for DJs and musicians.  One year we had a fashion show on the grand staircase, with dry ice and spotlights. Last year we had a performance from Carmen by Lauren Segal and a group of percussionists. All of the Operanation parties here have been very successful, selling out, raising money for the COC, and giving people a good time.

Last June, Sarah Jarvis, who was then our Special Events Manager, told me (by the coffee machine) she was taking Alexander Neef to the Broken Social Scene concert on Toronto Island, and that there was a chance that BSS would be playing at Operanation. I spewed coffee all over. I really like Broken Social Scene, but I couldn’t imagine being able to present such a big band. They have 16 members.  All of the setup for Operanation has to happen the day of the event, because we have a performance of Death in Venice the night before, and Aida the night after. I was seriously concerned about being able to present them in a venue that is not designed for a rock concert.

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10/20/2010

Yoshi Oida in Conversation with Alexander Neef

Death in Venice has opened to unanimous critical acclaim (Toronto Star review, Globe and Mail review, Eye Weekly review, Toronto Sun review) and much of the praise singles out director Yoshi Oida:

"Japanese stage director Yoshi Oida was able to help the actors subtly and imaginatively create the sultry Venetian environment" - Ken Winters, Globe and Mail
"What makes this presentation really stand out is the exquisite staging by Japanese director, actor and writer Yoshi Oida. Although the set is little more than a series of boardwalks, it would be wrong to call it minimalist. Oida has shaped every last, tiny detail of the story so that all we see, hear and feel works together toward a focused dramatic message." - John Terauds, Toronto Star

"And while much of the credit . . . must indeed go to Britten, who was clearly working at the top of his form despite his failing health, it must be shared with director Oida, a true master of the unobtrusive." - John Coulbourn, Toronto Sun

During the final week of rehearsals at a dinner for COC supporters, Oida spoke with our General Director, Alexander Neef, about his approach to the production. If you didn't get a chance to attend the dinner, don't despair, for we have the full audio interview available on our Podcasts page. Here's a video clip to whet your appetite:

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