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Adrianne on Ariadne

The spring issue of The Music Scene has an interview with Adrianne Pieczonka, the famed Canadian diva who will be singing the Prima Donna/Ariadne in our upcoming production of Ariadne auf Naxos. 

Here's what she had to say about the character of Ariadne: 

Q: Let’s talk a little about your upcoming COC Ariadne, one of your signature roles. Ariadne is a woman who can only be fulfilled by having a man in her life. Given the 21st century post-feminist critique, isn’t she a little old-fashioned? Why do you love her so much?

A: It’s not fair! (laughs) Look at Senta and Elsa—a lot of Wagner is misogynistic. You know I don’t have an issue with Ariadne, if you think of her as a Greek goddess and you put yourself back in her time. Maybe she’s a bit mad . . . maybe she has lost touch with reality. You have this polarization—in the Prologue she’s the diva, and then in the Opera itself you have this forlorn, bereft woman. I am married to a woman, so why am I even doing this role? Because the music is glorious! The duet between Zerbinetta and the Composer is so beautiful. I just sang Ariadne in Munich with Alice (Coote) and Jane (Archibald). It was wonderful. I hope the Toronto audience will love it. It’s a subtle opera—the Composer’s ode to music is so beautiful, and Zerbinetta’s aria is always a showstopper. My music is more cerebral—sometimes I must say you sing and sing, and . . . (more laughs)

You can read the whole thing here (PDF). And for a preview of Pieczonka's singing, here's a YouTube clip from Barcelona 2002 of "Es gibt ein reich," Ariadne's mournful aria

Posted by Cecily Carver / in 2010/2011 / comments (0) / permalink


The Cinderella Outfit Challenge: We Have a Winner!

After 60 entries, thousands of votes, and a week of judging, we have a winner for the Cinderella Outfit Challenge! 

Let's reacquaint ourselves with the judges: 

Steven Sabados and Chris Hyndman are the stars of CBC's hit lifestyle show, Steven and Chris.

FashionTelevision's Jeanne Beker is a style icon both in Canada and around the world. 

Couturier David McCaffrey, of McCaffrey Haute Couture, designs unique wedding gowns for Canada's elite.

Alexander Neef is, of course, the General Director of the Canadian Opera Company. Last fall he was profiled in Sharp Magazine (go to pages 13 and 14 to see the profile) 

Here are our five finalists, from fifth place to first: 


Posted by Cecily Carver / in 2010/2011 / comments (1) / permalink


Cheese for Cinderella

The winner of the Cinderella Outfit Challenge (see the five finalists here) is due to be announced today (Friday), and among the spoils set aside for the winner is a gift basket from Cheese Boutique. The contents have been selected to match the characters in the opera Cinderella (La Cenerentola)

For Cinderella: Cendrillon, of course, is the French name for Cinderella, and the cheese "Le Cendrillon" recently was named best in the world.  

For the Prince: Royal Windsor 

For Cinderella's father, Don Magnifico: Aged vintage cheddar

For the ugly stepsisters: Prima Donna (this would also be appropriate for Ariadne auf Naxos)

For Cinderella's rodent companions: Smoked applewood cheddar

Above is a photo of the gift basket they supplied for our 12th annual Fine Wine Auction. The contents of the Cinderella basket are sure to be just as delicious.

Posted by Cecily Carver / in 2010/2011 / comments (0) / permalink

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



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