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1/17/2014

The Toronto Star goes to Opera School with Così fan tutte!

In the months leading up to our brand new winter production of Mozart's Così fan tutte directed by Atom Egoyan, the Toronto Star joined us to explore the many departments that work together to bring a production to life. The result? An entire week's worth of opera school! Watch the videos below to get a glimpse of how the company comes together to create a new production, with a variety of staff members from our props, sets, costumes and wigs department as well as music staff!

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1/6/2014

A Masked Ball Listening Guide

By Gianmarco Segato, Adult Programs Manager

A Masked Ball Listening Guide

Introduction
Of Verdi’s middle-period operas, A Masked Ball (1859) is one of the few not to undergo extensive revisions following its initial run of performances. In contrast, Simon Boccanegra (1857/1881), La forza del destino (The Force of Destiny, 1862/1869) and Don Carlos (1867/1884) were significantly reworked after they premiered, and today are most often presented in their later versions, which means that different stages of Verdi’s artistic development co-exist side by side in those works, sometimes juxtaposed all too obviously.

A Masked Ball, on the other hand, was composed relatively quickly. And for all of its variety of musical styles, it is an opera that moves forward in a user-friendly, easy-to-follow single span (compare that with the confusing, sudden chronological leaps one finds in Simon Boccanegra).

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