Parlando: The COC Blog

10/31/2014

Can we get a womp-womp for valve trombones?

by Meighan Szigeti, Associate Manager, Digital Marketing 

With Falstaff wrapping up its wonderful run at the Four Seasons Centre, we thought we'd ask the members of the low brass section of the COC Orchestra - Charles Benaroya (Principal trombone), Ian Cowie (trombone), Herbert Poole (trombone), and Scott Irvine (tuba/cimbasso) - a bit about what's helping bring Verdi's very human, and humorous opera to life: the valve trombone!


(l-r: Johannes Debus, Musical Director; Charles Benaroya, Principal trombone; Ian Cowie, trombone;
Herbert Poole, bass trombone; and Scott Irvine, tuba/cimbasso.)

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You might call Giuseppe Verdi obsessive when it came to the slightest detail, but it’s those small changes that truly bring out the mood that the composer was trying to achieve.

That’s where the valve trombone comes in.

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10/29/2014

The Big COC Podcast — Episode 28

By Gianmarco Segato, Adult Programs Manager

 

For Episode 28, the “Decline and Fall” edition, we welcome back Alia Rosenstock, Associate Artist Manager with Dean Artists Management; Western Canadian opera presenter and journalist, Stephan Bonfield and, opera journalist Joseph So. Gianmarco Segato, the COC’s Adult Programs Manager is your host. It’s a new opera season, and along with it, we’re following a flurry of hot opera topics!

Western Australia Opera cancels their Carmen citing concerns for their audience’s health – must be all that heavy onstage smoking!
Why are all of European opera’s highest profile music directors quitting?
In crisis once again, Rome Opera dismisses its orchestra and chorus… 
To leave or not to leave …our panel reveals their own secret walking out of a show stories!

Are you listening? Let us know your thoughts, opinions and suggestions by contacting us on our blog, Parlando, Facebook, Twitter (@CanadianOpera) or by email (community@coc.ca).

 

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10/27/2014

Madama Butterfly Journey: Costumes, Makeup, and Wigs

 

Explore our production of Madama Butterfly through our latest infographic, delving into the productions costumes, makeup, and wigs, and including exclusive interviews with Costume Designer Susan Benson and Wig and Makeup Supervisor Sharon Ryman. 

Madama Butterfly is one of Giacomo Puccini’s greatest works and one of the most popular operas in the world. The opera tells the tragic story of Cio-Cio San, a Geisha, who falls in love with B. F. Pinkerton, a U.S. naval officer, while he is stationed in Japan. Formed through layers of symbolism, musical history, and diverse cultures, the opera is filled with unique elements from the costumes to the arias that help make it a favourite of opera goers both old and new.

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