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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10/8/2014

Falstaff's a Hit!

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10/3/2014

Inside Opera: Falstaff

Get an insider look at our gorgeous and hilarious production of Verdi’s comic masterpiece Falstaff! This Inside Opera instalment features rehearsal footage and interviews with bass-baritone Gerald Finley, director Robert Carsen and COC Music Director and Falstaff conductor Johannes Debus

 

Falstaff plays for seven performances at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, from October 3 to November 1.

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