Parlando: The COC Blog

9/30/2014

Madama Butterfly Journey: The Opera

 

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.

Explore our production of Madama Butterfly in our new series of infographics, where we guide you through the story and characters, costumes, makeup, and wigs, and the score, set, and artistic direction of our production. Get to know the show before you go, and catch a glimpse behind the scenes of Puccini’s perennial favourite. 

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9/23/2014

Free Concert Series Highlights for September and October

Artists of the COC Orchestra in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre

We're back! After a chilly summer hiatus, the Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre returns for its 2014/2015 season today with an always popular performance by artists of the COC Ensemble Studio. Their performance is just one of many highly anticipated concerts this September and October. Here are five more concerts that you won't want to miss!

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9/19/2014

The Big COC Podcast — Episode 27

By Gianmarco Segato, Adult Programs Manager

 

For Episode 27, the “Money Talks” edition, we welcome back arts journalist Catherine Kustanczy, Opera Canada editor,Wayne Gooding, and Jenna Douglas, a Toronto-based collaborative pianist and author of the opera blog, Schmopera. Gianmarco Segato, the COC’s Adult Programs Manager, is your host.

 
You can subscribe to The Big COC Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, or in your favourite podcast player with our RSS feed (http://feeds.feedburner.com/bigCOCpodcast).

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

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