By Gianmarco Segato, Adult Programs Manager
For Episode 25, the “BIG TOPICS!” edition, we welcome back Opera Canada editor, Wayne Gooding; opera journalist Paula Citron and, Western Canadian opera presenter and journalist, Stephan Bonfield. Gianmarco Segato, the COC’s Adult Programs Manager, is your host.
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In Massenet's Don Quichotte, the fair and lovely Dulcinée is wooed by a variety of suitors other than the aging knight himself. The suitors comprise of two tenors, a mezzo-soprano and a soprano, the latter two being 'pants roles'. But did you know that almost all of the suitors are COC Ensemble Studio graduates? Meet the singers who bring Dulcinée's entourage to life!
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By Nikita Gourski, Development Communications Officer
Our final opera of the 2013/2014 season is the COC premiere of Massenet's rare opera, Don Quichotte! Learn more about the production history, cast and crew below.
1) The first novel
Published in two parts, in 1605 and 1615, Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote is arguably the first novel ever written. The plot deals with the adventures of an elderly Spanish gentleman who has been reading too many tales of medieval chivalry and declares himself a “knight errant.” He begins travelling throughout Spain with his sidekick, Sancho Panza, in order to right all wrongs and seek fame and honour.
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Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001