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The Big COC Podcast - Episode Eleven - bel canto


For Episode 11, the very special “It ain’t just trills, bel canto edition, our panel chats with conductor extraordinaire, Stephen Lord. Joining him are Opera Canada editor, Wayne Gooding, together with Gianna Wichelow, the COC’s Senior Communications Manager, Creative (A.K.A. the Opera Whistler!). Gianmarco Segato, the COC’s Adult Programs Manager, is your host. 

Here are just a few highlights from our chat:

  • What exactly does bel canto mean; more importantly, what is it not?
  • The Callas myth – was she the best exponent for bel canto?
  • Bel canto operas are “undramatic” – well…no, they’re not!
  • “Paper and ink weren’t cheap!”; in other words – why assume bel canto operas should to be cut?
  • Want to see a really good updating of a bel canto opera…?
  • Lucia di Lammermoor’s ending: a Tristan reversal?
  • Want to hear a really good tenor…?

Are you out there listening? Do you like our new introduction? What would you like us to talk about next? Let us know by sending us your ideas/comments by commenting here, on Facebook, Twitter or by e-mail (

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



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