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Doras and Dancers: Daily Links, June 29


  • The Dora awards were a great reminder of the vitality of the Toronto performing arts scene. Coverage of the winners can be found at CBC, Operatoonity, and NOW magazine.

  • We're auditioning dancers today for Iphigenia in Tauris, another Gluck masterpiece to be directed by Robert Carsen, the same composer/director combination that proved so successful in Orfeo ed Euridice. Check out this blog post from earlier this year by production co-ordinator Shawna Green about the process for casting dancers in COC productions. 

  • Opera legend Jessye Norman's Koerner Hall recital last night "showed that charisma, and artistry can conquer all," according to the Toronto Star

Photo: A scene from the Lyric Opera of Chicago production of Iphigenia in Tauris, directed by Robert Carsen. Photo Credit: Robert Kusel © 2006

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Daily Links, June 28

  • Our Orfeo ed Euridice won the Dora award last night for Outstanding Production (Opera Division)! Two of our artists from last season also won awards: Alan Oke won the award for Outstanding Performance (Opera Division) for his depiction of Gustav von Aschenbach in Death in Venice, and Harry Bicket, the conductor of Orfeo ed Euridice, won the award for Outstanding Musical Direction (General Theatre Division). If you're one of the people who loved Orfeo ed Euridice, it's time to get excited about next season's Iphigenia in Taurus – director Robert Carsen is bringing his singular interpretive talents to another Gluck masterpiece. Check out our social media release for photos.

  • The architects behind the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, Diamond and Schmitt, will be designing the new Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. 

  • There's still time to see Svadba-Wedding, a new work by Serbian-born Canadian composer Ana Sokolović featuring Ensemble Studio member Jacqueline Woodley as the young bride. It's been winning acclaim from many corners (Opera Toronto, Globe and Mail, barczablog)!

Photo: A scene from the Canadian Opera Company's production of Orfeo ed Euridice. Photo © Michael Cooper.

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Daily Links, June 27

  • The young members of the after school opera program recently performed a fully staged opera titled A Bee Opera. The composer, Dean Burry, is interviewed in this article in The Bulletin Downtown Toronto:

    “When we talk to groups of young people to attract new participants, we often ask them if they’ve ever seen Elmer Fudd and Bugs Bunny in the cartoon,” says program leader, composer and dramaturge Dean Burry, referring to the 1957 Warner Bros. classic What’s Opera, Doc?

    He explains, “Very often it really turns out to be their first exposure to the world of opera.”

    But once they join, their range expands rapidly: the delightful ten-minute presentation of A Bee Opera, conceptualized, co-written, and performed by 25 downtown youngsters in the space of a ten-week program, confirms the scope, motivation and skill that kids can bring to the opera stage. [read the full article]

    Dean Burry was also interviewed in Parlando last year about his history with the program.

  • Here's a video interview in Stark Insider with the COC's former General Director, Lotfi Mansouri, the man responsible for introducing SURTITLES™ to the opera world in the early 1980's. If you want more Lotfi, we have an interview with him (see our podcasts page) that includes a giveaway of his memoir!

    Another favorite quote (among many) is when Lofti likens opera to a “banquet.” He tells me, “Opera is for everyone… you want hamburgers? It’s there. You want caviar? It’s there. Anything you want is in the opera repertoire.” [read the full article]

Photo: From the performance of A Bee Opera, composed by Dean Burry and performed by the ASOP participants at Barbara Frum Recreation Centre, Toronto. June 2011

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



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