Parlando: The COC Blog

10/1/2014

FALSTAFF(S)

By C. Ian Kyer



In 1995 when American bass-baritone John Del Carlo was preparing to sing the lead in Falstaff at the Schwetzinger Festspiele, he had to do extra training. He had sung Verdi’s Falstaff before but this time was very different, because what he was singing was not the work of Arrigo Boito and Giuseppe Verdi. This Falstaff featured a libretto by Carlo Prospers Defranceschi with music by none other than Mozart’s infamous rival, Antonio Salieri. To Del Carlo’s surprise he found the work both entertaining and musically interesting.

The two Falstaffs were both the work of mature and celebrated composers. Verdi’s Falstaff was in fact his 26th and last opera. He had said that he fired his last cartridge with Otello (1887) but in 1889, at age 76, he began to set another libretto based on Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor. Verdi and his librettist called it Falstaff, after the lead character in Shakespeare’s play, Sir John Falstaff, and it premiered at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala on February 9, 1893.

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9/30/2014

Madama Butterfly Journey: The Opera

 

Madama Butterfly is one of Giacomo Puccini’s greatest works and one of the most popular operas in the world. The opera tells the tragic story of Cio-Cio San, a Geisha, who falls in love with B. F. Pinkerton, a U.S. naval officer, while he is stationed in Japan. Formed through layers of symbolism, musical history, and diverse cultures, the opera is filled with unique elements from the costumes to the arias that help make it a favourite of opera goers both old and new.

Explore our production of Madama Butterfly in our new series of infographics, where we guide you through the story and characters, costumes, makeup, and wigs, and the score, set, and artistic direction of our production. Get to know the show before you go, and catch a glimpse behind the scenes of Puccini’s perennial favourite. 

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9/23/2014

Free Concert Series Highlights for September and October

Artists of the COC Orchestra in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre

We're back! After a chilly summer hiatus, the Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre returns for its 2014/2015 season today with an always popular performance by artists of the COC Ensemble Studio. Their performance is just one of many highly anticipated concerts this September and October. Here are five more concerts that you won't want to miss!

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