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October 31, 2014 0

A Tale of Two Cio-Cio Sans


Kelly Kaduce as Cio-Cio San in the COC’s 2014 production of Madama Butterfly. Photo: Michael Cooper I worked on the COC’s production of Madama Butterfly (the final show is tonight), and it was a chance for me to see a perfect example of artistic individuality. The twelve-show run at the Four Seasons Centre was shared…

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October 30, 2014 0

Ben Heppner To Host the COC Ensemble Studio Competition Gala

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The finalists of the 2013 Centre Stage: Ensemble Studio Competition Gala, with COC General Director Alexander Neef (podium) and host Rufus Wainwright. Photo: Michael Cooper On November 25th, the Canadian Opera Company will present the second annual Centre Stage: Ensemble Studio Competition Gala. The best of Canada’s young opera scene will sing for the chance to…

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October 28, 2014 0

In recital: Lucia Cesaroni and Adrian Kramer


Coming up in Toronto next month: two Canadian singers team up in recital. Tenor Adrian Kramer, soprano Lucia Cesaroni and pianist Maika’i Nash present Extensions  of Us: Melody and Movement. “Featuring singing and dancing to Verdi, Mascagni, Canzoni Napoletane, and selections from West Side Story, the program promises to delight both seasoned and new concert-goers as it re-thinks the…

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October 27, 2014 0

Talking to Singers: Simone Osborne


Vancouver-born soprano Simone Osborne is no stranger to the stage at the Four Seasons Centre. She’s sung Oscar in Un ballo in maschera (2014), Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi (2012), Gilda in Rigoletto (2011), Pamina in Die Zauberflöte (2011), and she’s mid-run as Nannetta in the Canadian Opera Company’s current production of Falstaff. Simone took time to chat with me about her…

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October 25, 2014 0

He Said/She Said: Alcina at Opera Atelier

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Greg and I headed to the Elgin Theatre to see opening night of Opera Atelier‘s Alcina, and we teamed up on another joint review. Bonus: Greg can speak intelligently about Atelier Ballet, something I won’t pretend to know well. For more from Greg, click here. Photo credits: Bruce Zinger. On the singing Jenna: I thought the…

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October 23, 2014 0

Johannes Debus: Falstaff, comedy, and teamwork

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I caught up Johannes Debus, Music Director of the Canadian Opera Company, between performances of the current (and spectacular!) production of Verdi’s Falstaff. He was kind enough to talk about what it’s like to conduct a piece like Falstaff, and how teamwork can amount to fantastic comedy. Maestro Debus even gives us a taste of fun things to come…

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October 20, 2014 0

Patrick Lange: Conducting Madama Butterfly


I had the chance to sit down with maestro Patrick Lange, currently in town to conduct Madama Butterfly at the Canadian Opera Company. The Berlin-based conductor is in the middle of the twelve-show run featuring two different casts, and he still found time to do things like run in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon and answer some of my questions….

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October 20, 2014 0

Talking with singers: Elizabeth DeShong

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American mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong is currently in Toronto, singing a whopping twelve performances of Suzuki in the COC’s Madama Butterfly. I asked her about singing, about listening onstage, and roles she’d love to sing. Photo: Kristin Hoebermann. Why do you sing? I’ll borrow the words of Georgia O’Keeffe, and say, “Singing has always seemed to me…

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October 18, 2014 0



So, I went to this year’s Operanation and I had a blast. There were bright beehive wigs, Calvin Klein underwear models, the fab Keith Cole and his walking flash mob, and of course some awesome music by Yelle, DJ Phil & DJ Cozmic Cat, joined by the guests of honour, the COC Ensemble Studio. I…

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October 16, 2014 2

In review: Madama Butterfly

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This is another guest review by the thoughtful Greg Finney. To read more of his stuff, click here. All photos by Michael Cooper. On Wednesday, October 15th I made my way on over the Four Seasons Centre at University and Queen Street West to check out the Canadian Opera Company‘s production of Madama Butterfly by Giacomo…

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