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11/19/2013

Meet the Ensemble Studio Competition Finalists: Emma Char

On November 26, 2013, for the first time, nine finalists in the Ensemble Studio Competition will now perform from the mainstage of the Four Seasons Centre, accompanied by the internationally acclaimed COC Orchestra conducted by COC Music Director Johannes Debus and hosted by Grammy-nominated and multi-Juno Award winner, singer-songwriter and composer Rufus Wainwright. To watch the competition and see Canada's rising opera stars, visit our Centre Stage website and buy your tickets today! Over the next two weeks, follow along on Parlando as we introduce you to each of our finalists.

Emma Char, mezzo-soprano

Health coach. Therapist. Yoga Teacher.

Those are the possible careers that Emma Char may have pursued, that is if the mezzo-soprano hadn’t begun, at the age of 16, what has turned into a love affair with opera.

Born in Kitchener, Ontario, but raised in Philadelphia since the age of four, Emma fell into opera gradually, beginning with lessons with a voice teacher because she was interested in learning how to sing for musical theatre.

“He was the one who introduced me to classical singing in art songs and encouraged me to apply to music school for a voice degree. I decided singing was something I wanted to focus on more, so I took the plunge and went to a conservatory,” says Emma.

That operatic dive has put her on a path to one day realizing her dream role of singing Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia.

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11/18/2013

The Big COC Podcast: Episode 19

By Gianmarco Segato, Adult Programs Manager

 

For Episode 19, the “Opera critics UNITE!” edition, we welcome back opera journalists Joseph So, and Paula Citron; Western Canadian opera presenter and journalist, Stephan Bonfield as well as opera blogger John Gilks. New to the panel is Toronto music critic and musician, John Terauds. Gianmarco Segato, the COC’s Adult Programs Manager, is your host.

We took advantage of the critic-heavy presence this week to hold a round table discussion on the past, present and future of classical musical criticism (sneaking in a couple of other timely topics as well!)

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11/18/2013

Meet the Ensemble Studio Competition Finalists: Iain MacNeil

On November 26, 2013, for the first time, nine finalists in the Ensemble Studio Competition will now perform from the mainstage of the Four Seasons Centre, accompanied by the internationally acclaimed COC Orchestra conducted by COC Music Director Johannes Debus and hosted by Grammy-nominated and multi-Juno Award winner, singer-songwriter and composer Rufus Wainwright. To watch the competition and see Canada's rising opera stars, visit our Centre Stage website and buy your tickets today! Over the next two weeks, follow along on Parlando as we introduce you to each of our finalists.

Iain MacNeil, bass-baritone

Iain MacNeil didn’t find opera, opera found him, and he’s never looked back.

Born and raised in Brockville, Ontario, Iain was introduced to opera in the first year of his music degree of Dalhousie University. Iain intended to become a music teacher. He studied voice, thinking that he’d be more successful as a vocalist than an instrumentalist in a university setting. However, his teacher at Dalhousie, Marcia Swanston, recognized potential when she heard it. Along with his other teachers, she opened Iain’s eyes (and ears) to a world of music that he hadn’t ever dreamed. 

“I quickly fell in love with singing, and with classical music,” he shares. “And lots of voice lessons and a healthy amount of stage experience has brought me to this point.”

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