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3/7/2016

Announcing the COC App!

 
 

Single tickets for the Canadian Opera Company performances are easier to purchase than ever before with our free new app, just in time for the spring 2016 productions of Carmen and Maometto II!

The Canadian Opera Company app is now available in Apple’s App Store and Google’s Google Play. “Our vision for the Canadian Opera Company app is to create a platform for sustained engagement with the company’s work,” says COC Chief Communications Officer Steve Kelley. “In its current form, the app gives us a basic way for users to connect with the COC via their mobile device and elevate the already rich online COC experience. Features and objectives for the app will continue to evolve as we anticipate the needs of mobile patrons of the COC.”

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2/12/2016

Darkness and Joy: Exploring the Humanity of Claus Guth's Figaro

By: Gianmarco Segato 

 

Claus Guth’s production of The Marriage of Figaro has had a lengthier gestation period than most. It premiered at the 2006 Salzburg Festival, was quickly revived there in 2007 and 2009, and culminated in the German director staging all three of Mozart’s collaborations with librettist Lorenzo da Ponte at the 2011 festival (Don Giovanni being added in 2008 and Così fan tuttein 2009). Initially, Guth resisted Mozart’s iconic comedy, questioning whether it was possible for him to confront the dangerous elements in a work whose music he had enjoyed with “uncontrolled excess”* while growing up. It was the Salzburg production’s first conductor, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, who managed to shift Guth’s focus away from Figaro’s distractingly glittery musical delights towards its intelligent, witty exploration of real, human relationships—the very elements that pushed comic opera beyond its more formulaic, slapstick Italian commedia dell’arte roots.

From this emerged an interpretation that relocates the action from 18th-century Andalusia to fin-de-siècle Central Europe by way of the intense, modernist stage dramas of Ibsen and Strindberg, and the films of Ingmar Bergman.

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2/10/2016

Siegfried, Memory, and Identity

By Stephan Bonfield 

When we first meet the hero Siegfried, we encounter a man-child-demigod trying to learn about his own past and identity from someone who can tell him very little about either. What the unscrupulous Mime does know, he buttresses with untruths in a petulant, fitful manner, claiming to be both Siegfried's father and mother, so as to use him for his own sinister purposes to acquire the Ring.

We may not realize it right away, but our first encounter with Siegfried is with someone whose very human qualities we know all too well, recognizable from earlier stages in our own lives—naïveté, innocence, manipulability—in short, someone with an underdeveloped identity.

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

 

 

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