Our popular Inside Opera video series is back, and this time we go behind the scenes of Christopher Alden's production of Mozart's late-masterpiece, La clemenza di Tito.
In the first video, Inside Opera catches up with Isabel Leonard. This production marks the Metropolitan Opera star's role debut as Sesto and we met up with the mezzo-soprano during a costume fitting. Watch as she shares her thoughts on the motivations and emotions of the troubled character, and how she relates to a character caught in such turmoil.
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Montreal soprano, Sasha Djihanian, is one of the current members of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio. At the inaugural Ensemble Studio competition in 2011, Sasha won a spot in the program and left with the top prize of the evening. Since starting in September, she has performed in concerts for the Free Concert Series and travelled with fellow Ensemble Studio members for the Xstrata Ensemble Studio School Tour of Hansel and Gretel.
In the special Ensemble Studio performance of La clemenza di Tito on February 6, Sasha performs the role of Annio, the young man in love with Servilia, Emperor Tito's prospective bride! We caught up with Sasha to ask her about the rehearsal process and her work with director Christopher Alden.
What is it like to rehearse alongside the mainstage cast?
It has been a really exciting and inspiring process to be observing and working alongside incredibly accomplished artists such as Isabel Leonard and Michael Schade. It is absolutely incredible how much one can learn and be inspired just by watching them.
Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001