Parlando: The COC Blog

6/25/2013

Parlando Asks: Opera for Beginners

As we continue to prepare for our 2013/2014 season, one of the most common questions we hear from patrons at the Canadian Opera Company is "What is a good opera for a beginner?" We put the question to our staff, some of our artists and our social media followers to see what the results would be!

We polled our Facebook fans about the best opera for a beginner and the answer was The Magic Flute, followed by Carmen and La Bohème! Other interesting suggestions included Lakmé and Rusalka! Read on to see what our staff had to say.

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6/20/2013

The Big COC Podcast: Episode 14 - To ‘transladapt' ...or not to ‘transladapt’

By Gianmarco Segato, Adult Programs Manager

 

For Episode 14, the “To ‘transladapt’…or not to ‘transladapt’” edition, we welcome back Opera Canada editor, Wayne Gooding as well as opera blogger, John Gilks. For the first time we’re joined by two of the founding members of Toronto’s Against the Grain Theatre: Joel “Ginger Ninja” Ivany, Artistic Director and Christopher “Matzo Ball” Mokrzewski, Music Director. Gianmarco Segato, the COC’s Adult Programs Manager is your host. 

Join us as we get into some heated discussion (and topple the microphone!) around this week’s top opera stories:

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6/19/2013

Travels with Alexander Neef

Another excellent season at the COC has come to a close! The 2012/2013 season was deeply satisfying for me because we achieved what I’ve been working towards since I joined the company – consistency in our productions. All of the operas we presented were extremely well thought-through, with superb casts and great artists involved on stage, in the pit, and behind the scenes. The fantastic work by our orchestra and chorus is a testament to the great job our music director, Johannes Debus, has been doing since he arrived four years ago, as well as the expert stewardship that Sandra Horst brings to the chorus. Now, it’s time to move full speed into a fantastic 2013/2014 season.

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