In March and April, Pop-Up Opera revives their first tragic opera, Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi. The production, sung in Italian and featuring "silent movie-style" English captions, heads across the southern UK, including stops at London's The Vaults, March 20-23.
Opera Trivia is part of the COC's ongoing Opera Insights programs, which offer conversations and events to enhance your opera-going experience at the Four Seasons Centre. Bring your friends, show off your impressive niche intellect, and learn some new fascinating opera factoids. All the programs, including Opera Trivia, are free to attend, but it's highly recommended to register online.
Accelerando is complemented by three world premieres, performed by the Esprit Orchestra, under Music Director and conductor Alex Pauk: Surfacing, part of a triptych commission by Toronto-based composer Adam Scime, El canto del viento, by Argentine-Canadian composer Analia Lludgar hears the premiere of her El canto del viento, and John Rea's Survivance, commissioned in Canada's 150th year and celebrating the indigenous and Francophone communities across the country.
The films' stories are diverse: an intoxicated Elvis in a kebab shop, a young ghazal singer pursuing her dreams, a fish who sings its own requiem, and one tenor's take on Carmina Burana that promises to be "the biggest, boldest, and sexiest operatic flash mob the internet has ever witnessed."
As part of the presentation, the Boston Camerata has been invited to perform a collection of devotional music from the 16th century. Under the direction of Anne Azéma, the period ensemble consists of four vocalists, and period instruments such as lutes, violas da gamba, vielle, harp and a hurdy gurdy. Yup. A hurdy gurdy. #HurdyGurdy
Perhaps the most surprising announcement is the appointment of Canadian soprano Jane Archibald as the COC's new Artist-In-Residence. Archibald sings leading roles in three of the company's mainstage productions next season, including two role debuts. She'll also perform in the Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre at the Four Seasons Centre, and she'll work as a mentor to the members of the COC Ensemble Studio and the Orchestra Academy.
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Happily, the London premiere of Rambert's The Creation was captured on film, directed by award-winning dance filmmaker Ross MacGibbon; starting today, the film is available to stream online. The filmed performance, conducted by Rambert Music Director Paul Hoskins, features over 40 dancers, along with the Rambert Orchestra, the BBC Singers, and soloists Sarah Tynan, James Gilchrist, and Neal Davies.
"I feel very lucky to realize new music in this collaborative way," says MacArthur. "I love the music, the tension and the excitement of a FAWN show. When I perform with FAWN, I can lose myself in the performance and feel new sounds. It's such a rush!"