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12/17/2013

Così fan tutte Listening Guide

By Gianmarco Segato, Adult Programs Manager

Introduction
Like Don Giovanni which came before it, Mozart’s Così fan tutte is identified in its libretto as a dramma giocoso, an Italian term for operas that contain both comic and tragic elements. Conventionally thought of as light, frothy and joyful, Così is also shot through with a decidedly poignant, sad and cynical edge. Our responses are always being played with: the two sisters are clearly devastated when their fiancés must go off to war and the men join in on their sorrow… and yet, we know the latter two are just play-acting. This constant state of ambivalence might partly explain the opera’s difficult critical history. 

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12/12/2013

The Big COC Podcast: Episode 20

By Gianmarco Segato, Adult Programs Manager

 

For Episode 20, the “Hey, singers – be careful out there!” edition, we welcome back opera journalists Joseph So, and Paula Citron as well as Alia Rosenstock, Associate Artist Manager with Dean Artists Management. Gianmarco Segato, the COC’s Adult Programs Manager, is your host. 

Lots of “opinion piece” stories this week – and we don’t shy away from adding in our own!

Are you out there listening? What would you like us to talk about next time? Let us know by sending us your ideas/comments by commenting here, on Facebook, Twitter or by e-mail (community@coc.ca).

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12/11/2013

COC Holiday Gift Guide, 2013

New at the COC Opera Shop: I heart COC mugs and pens

It's almost the holidays! Are you still stumped for a gift for that opera afficionado in your life? Or maybe a gift for yourself? We have a few suggestions...

1. Give the gift of opera!
Our winter operas offer a great contrast in content and musical styles. Così fan tutte is a charming Mozart rom-com about young love and temptation, and A Masked Ball offers a Verdi tale about forbidden passion, unrequited love and political intrigue. But whatever your heart desires, you can purchase tickets online or let your loved one choose their own night with a gift certificate

A preliminary sketch of the COC's upcoming production of Cosi fan tutte by Debra Hansen

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