When did you first listen to opera? For this instalment of The Opera That Changed My Life, we look at two submissions that found the music that changed their lives during (arguably) the most dramatic time in anyone's life: the teenage years.
La Bohème as a high school student. Act IV, orchestral chords before Mimì sings "Sono andati." That one moment caused me first to shiver and then to weep. Changed my life. I decided this was my career path. And I am fortunate to continue that choice.
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The first instalment of our new The Opera That Changed My Life series features COC General Director Alexander Neef's story of the opera that changed his idea of what opera was. It also happened to be his first!
(Transcribed from a conversation with Alexander Neef.)
The opera that changed my life? Fidelio, Beethoven, Staatstheater Stuttgart.
I was one of the first in my family to really go to the opera. I didn’t really see much opera in my youth, but when I started going everyone started going!
This Fidelio was a very striking production, directed by a very famous Russian director, Yuri Lyubinov. At the time, Lyubinov had been given a leave by the Russian government to stage a play in London, and he didn’t go back. They wanted him to go back, but he just didn’t. He was in a legal limbo. He stayed in Europe and started directing a lot of opera, and among the operas that he staged was the Fidelio at Stuttgart.
For the past eight weeks, the COC Education and Outreach department has been working with grade 1 and 2 students at Huron Street Junior Public School to create their own opera, from scratch! In this post, teacher Veena Gupta describes the beginning of the opera, from writing the story to composing with COC artist educator Cathy Nosaty. The class performs their opera next week for an audience of friends and family.
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Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001