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11/22/2012

The Big COC Podcast – Episode Six

For Episode 6, the “All-Blogger Edition”, we welcome back John Gilks and Leslie Barcza, and for the first time, Lydia Perovic. Hosting once again is the COC’s Adult Programs Manager, Gianmarco Segato.

To mark the passing of composer Hans Werner Henze, we discuss the current state and future of contemporary opera in Europe, the U.K. and North America. Then, what's with all the booing? We look at David Alden’s new staging of Un ballo in maschera at the Met. Lydia plugs her new opera-based novel and we chat with Nina Draganic, Director of Programming for the COC's Free Concert Series who highlights some special upcoming November and December concerts. Finally, we re-visit Catherine Clément’s seminal book, Opera: the undoing of women, inspired by a recent article about Australian Opera’s Salome/Lucia/Butterfly season and our own spring duo of Lucia di Lamermoor and Salome.

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11/7/2012

The Big COC Podcast – Episode Five

For Episode 5, we welcome back Opera Canada magazine’s editor, Wayne Gooding along with COC Ensemble member, baritone Cameron McPhail and Claire Morley, the COC’s Communications Assistant (and accomplished soprano with the Elmer Iseler Singers!). Hosting once again is the COC’s Adult Programs Manager, Gianmarco Segato. 

This week we start things off with a round-table chat about the English National Opera’s “beer ‘n jeans” scheme to bring in the young’uns, and the Opera Canada Corner features Wayne’s summary of the recent “Rubies” (aka the Opera Canada Awards). There’s also an interview with Sandra Gajic, the CEO of Edmonton Opera who chats about the innovative inclusion of two contemporary Canadian works in its 2012-13 season.

 

Are you out there listening? Let us know by sending us your ideas/comments on Facebook, Twitter or by email (community@coc.ca).

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10/18/2012

The Big COC Podcast – Episode Four

For Episode 4, we welcome back Opera Canada magazine’s editor, Wayne Gooding along with blogger, John Gilks and Gianna Wichelow, the COC’s Senior Communications Manager, Creative. Hosting once again is the COC’s Adult Programs Manager, Gianmarco Segato. 

This week in the news we debate Robert Everett Green’s Globe and Mail article: “Il Trovatore has an ugly resonance against a backdrop of Roma persecution” and the Opera Canada Corner features Wayne’s round-up of highlights from the upcoming opera season across Canada.

There’s an interview with Canadian director Marilyn Gronsdal who is heading to Opéra de Montréal to re-mount the COC’s production of The Flying Dutchman. Also, on the eve of the new season of Metropolitan Opera live HD transmissions, we had a lively round-table discussion about the influence of the HD phenomenon on opera.  

 

Let us know you’re listening! Contact us with your ideas/thoughts/comments on Facebook, Twitter or by email (community@coc.ca). Tell us what opera production in Canada you are most looking forward to seeing and we'll put your name in a draw for a prize courtesy of Universal Classics!

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

 

 

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