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8/21/2014

#UncleJohn live at Banff!

by Gianmarco Segato
Adult Programs Manager

The COC's Adult Programs Manager Gianmarco Segato was lucky enough to see Against the Grain's #UncleJohn in Banff a few weeks ago! He shares some of his experiences below. 

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On Saturday August 2, I made the trek to Banff to see Against the Grain Theatre’s latest production, #UncleJohn, produced in collaboration with The Banff Centre and the Canadian Opera Company as part of the centre’s new program, Open Space: Opera in the 21st Century.  The program hosted eight young opera professionals for a 4-week intensive residency which resulted in the creation of #Uncle John, a modern interpretation of Mozart’s Don Giovanni. The adaptation featured a new English libretto written by Against the Grain Theatre's artistic director Joel Ivany. The creative process was extensively documented with blog posts and behind the scenes videos on Schmopera courtesy of none other than former COC Ensemble member and erstwhile Big COC Podcast guest, Jenna Douglas.

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8/18/2014

Summer Catch-up with the Ensemble Studio

Artists of the 2013/2014 COC Ensemble Studio
Artists of the 2013/2014 COC Ensemble Studio. Photo: Karen Reeves

This week we welcome the young artists of the COC Ensemble Studio back from their summer vacation! We caught up with a few of them recently to find out what they've been up to during their time off. Between cruising in Cyprus, touring Tel Aviv and boot-stomping in Bowmanville, their combined travels have taken them to three continents! Safe to say, our Ensemble Studio members have kept themselves very busy!

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7/3/2014

Artist Basics: Gerald Finley

Gerald Finley

Gerald Finley

Upon first glance, you may be a bit skeptical that the fit baritone who is tackling Mount Kilimanjaro this summer, could convincingly play opera's most famous glutton, but recently appointed Officer of the Order of Canada's Gerald Finley is more than up to the challenge!

What he's doing with us: Gerald Finley returns to the Canadian Opera Company for the first time in over 20 years to make his role debut as the slovenly, hedonistic and hilarious Falstaff in a co-production with Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Teatro alla Scala; Metropolitan Opera and Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam. 

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