The first instalment of our new The Opera That Changed My Life series features COC General Director Alexander Neef's story of the opera that changed his idea of what opera was. It also happened to be his first!
(Transcribed from a conversation with Alexander Neef.)
The opera that changed my life? Fidelio, Beethoven, Staatstheater Stuttgart.
I was one of the first in my family to really go to the opera. I didn’t really see much opera in my youth, but when I started going everyone started going!
This Fidelio was a very striking production, directed by a very famous Russian director, Yuri Lyubinov. At the time, Lyubinov had been given a leave by the Russian government to stage a play in London, and he didn’t go back. They wanted him to go back, but he just didn’t. He was in a legal limbo. He stayed in Europe and started directing a lot of opera, and among the operas that he staged was the Fidelio at Stuttgart.
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For the past eight weeks, the COC Education and Outreach department has been working with grade 1 and 2 students at Huron Street Junior Public School to create their own opera, from scratch! In this post, teacher Veena Gupta describes the beginning of the opera, from writing the story to composing with COC artist educator Cathy Nosaty. The class performs their opera next week for an audience of friends and family.
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It's suddenly summer in Toronto, and the COC's honeybees were recently returned to the roof of the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts by beekeeper Fred Davis, after being wrapped up well in their winter quarters. Fred reports that the hives did really well over the winter, with the loss of only one hive, which is really good. Five full hives and two smaller ones will be active on the roof under the guidance of Fred and his two assistants, Catherine Jordan and Vivien Wong.
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Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001