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5/5/2014

The Big COC Podcast - Episode 24

By Gianmarco Segato, Adult Programs Manager

 

For Episode 24, the “Just what is opera worth to you?” edition, we welcome back Alia Rosenstock, Associate Artist Manager with Dean Artists Management; Jenna Douglas, a Toronto-based collaborative pianist and author of the increasingly-clicked-on opera blog, Schmopera and, COC Ensemble Studio baritone, Cameron McPhail. Also included in this podcast is a special report on San Diego Opera from arts journalist Catherine Kustanczy. Gianmarco Segato, the COC’s Adult Programs Manager, is your host.

  

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5/2/2014

Free Concert Series Highlights for May and June

Artists of the COC Orchestra in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre

During our spring season, the Canadian Opera Company hosts an array of incredibly talented artists, both on stage and in the orchestra pit. And throughout May and June, you can also experience acclaimed mainstage singers, the Ensemble Studio's rising stars and COC Orchestra virtuosi in several Free Concert Series performances. You won't want to miss these final concerts that complete another spectacular season!


Tuesday, May 6, 2014
12 - 1 p.m.
Of Love and Longing
Allyson McHardy, Andrew Haji, Keith Hamm and Liz Upchurch

Allyson McHardy

Canadian mezzo-soprano Allyson McHardy currently sings the role of Sara, Duchess of Nottingham, in the COC's production of Roberto Devereux. She teams up with pianist Liz Upchurch, tenor and COC Ensemble Studio member Andrew Haji and COC principal violist Keith Hamm in a poignant program of songs by Brahms, Britten and Canadian composer Robert Fleming.

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5/2/2014

Sondra Radvanovsky: A bel canto journey

By Gianmarco Segato, Adult Programs Manager

Sondra Radvanovsky - A bel canto journey

When superstar soprano Sondra Radvanovsky finished singing Aida’s great act III aria “O patria mia” in her 2010 COC and role debut, the audience response was unprecedented. Toronto had just experienced one of the most emotionally frank, technically superb, thrilling pieces of singing. The post-performance excitement in the lobby was palpable – her just-released CD of Verdi arias was selling out at the Opera Shop and patrons were simply abuzz with excitement, demanding to know when they would hear her again. They’re currently getting that chance with Radvanovsky’s rapturously-received return to the COC stage this spring as the “Virgin Queen” Elizabeth I (Elisabetta) in Roberto Devereux which, like Aida in 2010, represents another role debut.

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