At the COC we ended the week with the final performance of our annual summer camp's first week. Around sixty children had worked since Monday to create their own operatic version of Cinderella, based on Rossini's opera La Cenerentola (which we will present in the spring of 2011) and a few other operas (very surprisingly, the performance started with the music to "Fuoco di gioa" from Verdi's Otello). With the help of our dedicated group of volunteers and our great education staff our young opera campers had also built their own sets, props, and costumes for the performance. The enthusiasm and commitment with which they presented the result of this past week to an audience of parents and families was truly contagious. Who says opera isn't young, contemporary and relevant?
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With the last performance of Maria Stuarda yesterday afternoon we closed our 2009/10 season. This was my second season with the COC and, by all accounts, I am satisfied.
Starting with my first encounter with Brian Macdonald's Madama Butterfly, still a true COC classic after 20 years, with Adina Nitescu and Yannick-Muriel Noah as completely different, but equally compelling Cio-Cio Sans, our fall season continued with Robert Lepage's outstanding production of The Nightingale and Other Short Fables, for which we filled our pit with water and put the orchestra on stage. Olga Peretyatko's Nightingale was as enchanting as the bird in Andersen's fairy tale that inspired Stravinsky and so big was the success that we had to add a performance at short notice.
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Today was just a perfect day, not too cold and not too hot with a beautiful blue Ontario sky. I could have that all year!
There are only three performances left before the end of our 2009/10 season, Maria Stuarda today and on Sunday and the last Idomeneo tomorrow. I have the impression the whole company feels a bit like at the end of a marathon, exhausted but happy.
Have a wonderful sunny weekend.
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