Parlando: The COC Blog

2/15/2011

Youth Opera Lab

Registration opened on Monday for our Youth Opera Lab workshops, a unique opportunity for young adults aged 16 – 21 to see a work-in-progress at the COC. Along with an interactive workshop and the chance to meet some of the creative people behind our mainstage productions, participants attend a working rehearsal (a rehearsal where the performers are still receiving guidance from the conductor) and get two tickets to the dress rehearsal (the "dry run" of the performance)—and all for free.

There's a lab for each opera in our season, and last month participants met with the set and costume designer for The Magic Flute, Myung Hee Cho (at left in the photo). Myung Hee spoke with the students about her design process and demonstrated the set mock-ups. The participants then split into groups and took a crack at making some of their own set and costume mock-ups. Later on, a member of our props team talked about what goes into creating the various objects they would be seeing on stage. 

In the image below, you can see the design maquette used by Myung Hee Cho to model her designs for The Magic Flute; the Youth Opera Lab participants got to take a look at it up close.

 

Fabric was supplied for the costumes:

If you know any budding opera fanatics, make sure to let them know about Youth Opera Lab! The interested can apply online for labs inspired by each of the three spring operas: La Cenerentola, Ariadne auf Naxos, or Orfeo ed Euridice.

Top photo: Youth Opera Lab participants speak with Myung Hee Cho (left) on Jan. 19. © Canadian Opera Company

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