I have always felt that working in opera feels like leading a simultaneous life in different years. Yesterday, I wrote about the start of rehearsals for our upcoming 2009/10 season. At the same time we work on completing the casting and prepare the productions of 2011/12 and 2012/13. Over the summer I have started thinking about 2013/14 and we will embark on a first planning and budgeting process for this season very soon. Also, as a new season is about to start and changes from being the "next" to the "current" season we get into preparing the public announcement of the new next season. So this morning I had a three hour meeting with our marketing department and agency to talk about the programming of 2010/11, trying to identify a common theme for the season as well as the specifics of every single opera. This will lead us to develop the imagery for the season and eventually results in our season brochure.
After this intense morning I had a very welcome lunch break in the beautiful courtyard of our offices on Front Street East. False beards and hats had turned our development department into a group of pirates for their annual barbecue.
The afternoon was spent with another long meeting about our messaging objectives (you will certainly hear about this on the blog once the initiative starts rolling out) and the weekly management meeting.
Tomorrow will be another long and busy day with my first performance of opera in Toronto since the end of May.
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We spent the last two weeks discovering Toronto, Quebec City and Montreal with two friends from Paris. It is actually great to be a tourist in your own city and country. We certainly got to know our new home with different eyes and did things we would never have taken the time to do by ourselves.
We finished our holiday with an amazing weekend on an island in Georgian Bay. It was the first time we spent time outside the city and we were stunned by the beauty of the region. We will certainly want to discover more of it and the rest of Canada in the course of the coming season.
Today I am back to work. And to the blog, of course.
It was an intense first day with a long Development meeting in the morning, a lunch with our Managing Director Rob Lamb, not enough time with my assistant (as always) and a visit to the Opera House to discuss several topics with our technical team.
It is still relatively calm in the company, but the young artists of our Ensemble Studio (including three new singers) are back and in class with Tim Noble and Margaret Singer since last Thursday. Next week we will already start rehearsals for the revival of Butterfly which will open our season on 26th September. There will be 15 performances until 3rd November and tickets are on sale at www.coc.ca.
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