Inspired by the crocheted dress-wearing doll image used in the creative campaign of the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Cinderella, the opera company launches the Cinderella Outfit Challenge.
The gauntlet has been thrown to designers, fashionistas and those handy
with a needle and thread to create a doll’s hand-crafted costume
inspired by this cherished fairytale.
Participants who submit a photo of their homemade doll costume, inspired by Cinderella,
will have a chance to win a prize package including four tickets (plus
lounge pass and drink tickets) to the opening night of the Canadian
Opera Company's production of Cinderella (La Cenerentola), an overnight stay at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Toronto, a gift basket from Cheese Boutique valued at $200, and a chance to meet the members of the cast after the performance.
The general public will vote on the entries until April 6, 2011, and
the five entries with the most votes will become contest finalists. A
panel of celebrity judges, including Jeanne Beker (Host of CTV’s FashionTelevision), Steven Sabados and Chris Hyndman (hosts of Steven & Chris on CBC TV), David McCaffrey (creative director and designer of McCaffrey Haute Couture) and COC General Director Alexander Neef, will select the grand-prize winner from the top five finalists on April 15.
For full contest details, visit the contest page on our website.
To enter and vote, visit our Facebook page.
Promotional image for the Canadian Opera Company's production of Cinderella (La Cenerentola), which served as the inspiration for the Cinderella Outfit Challenge.
The Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts has a diminutive but
enthusiastic guest. Inspired by the marketing image for the Canadian
Opera Company's upcoming production of Cinderella (La Cenerentola),
opening April 23.
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More than a year after its groundbreaking premiere by the Canadian Opera Company in November 2009, The Nightingale and Other Short Fables
continues to delight and amaze audiences. This spectacular production,
directed by Canadian visionary Robert Lepage, is making headlines in New
York in its US premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
"The first half of the program employs nimble acrobats and the most
affecting and intricate puppetry I have ever seen . . . The Canadian
Opera Company’s orchestra and chorus were vibrantly conducted by its
accomplished young music director, Johannes Debus . . . Being
half-submerged did not seem to inhibit the beguiling singing of Mr.
Odinius or any other cast member . . . the effect is more splendid than
the Imperial Palace scene in the Met’s popular production of Puccini’s
“Turandot,” a Zeffirelli extravaganza . . . The first half of the
program was equally amazing . . . that [Robert Lepage] is an enormously
gifted director cannot be denied" - The New York Times
"Lepage . . . has packed this "Nightingale" with so many
visual delights that it would be entertaining even with less than
outstanding singers. But the cast assembled here is terrific . . . The
COC orchestra, conducted by Johannes Debus, brings out the delicacy and
haunting lyricism in this charming work." - The Associated Press
"the show, which is at BAM until Sunday, did not disappoint last
night. Robert Lepage has been in the news this past year for his
popular, headline-grabbing new Ring at the Met, and The Nightingale and Other Fables—set
to various pieces of music by Igor Stravinsky—confirms why he's one of
the most imaginative directors currently active . . . When [the COC
Chorus] members simultaneously opened up their Chinese robes to reveal
hitherto hidden puppets, it was pure magic—and the show was full of
these moments of childlike wonder." - The New York Post
"This night of zesty, folk-inflected songs and one-act operas by Igor
Stravinksy . . . is theatrical and operatic bliss. The stage illusions
that Lepage and his marvelous cast use are fairly low-tech: beguiling
shadow puppets formed by hands and dancers' bodies; Bunraku-style dolls
floating across a 12,000-gallon pool of water (set up in the BAM Opera
House's orchestra pit); a nightingale taking flight at the end of a
long, tensile pole. Mind you, these painterly, delicate tableaux (on
Slavic and Chinese themes) require tremendous craft and skill—but not
millions of dollars and computer-generated video projections or
dangerous stunt equipment . . . we can't recommend it enough—it's ideal
for dates or a family night out. It would be a great way to introduce
your kid to opera." - Time Out New York
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The COC Ensemble Studio's
Wallis Giunta, a mezzo-soprano who has charmed critics with her creamy
voice and charismatic stage presence, is collaborating with noted
Canadian couturier McCaffrey Haute Couture.
She will be featured modelling David McCaffrey's gowns in print and
online ads, and McCaffrey will supply custom-made gowns for her upcoming
Giunta and McCaffrey connected last October over a mutual love of
opera, and McCaffrey offered to loan Giunta dresses for her upcoming
recitals. Soon after their meeting, Giunta was scheduled to sing with
indie rock celebrities Broken Social Scene at the Canadian Opera
Company's fundraising gala Operanation VII. McCaffrey express-shipped a
voluminous white wedding gown to Giunta in Toronto, fitting the event's
Cinderella theme, and photos and videos of Giunta's performance soon
spread all over the music world, including to Pitchfork Media. (Read a Q&A with Wallis Giunta on Parlando)
Their next opportunity to collaborate came in December of that year,
with Giunta scheduled to give a special recital for the Governer General
in Ottawa. She requested a gown in green with a 1940's silhouette, and
she wore the resulting gown in a photo shoot that month for the Ottawa Citizen.
Meanwhile, Giunta was invited to join the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program,
firmly establishing her as one of the opera world's most promising
young artists. She will make her NYC recital debut in March in a program
titled Spanish Gold: Songs of the Iberian Peninsula. For this
recital, McCaffrey is making what she describes as "flame coloured raw
silk with black ruffles in the back, and an off-the-shoulder bustier
top." "I am in heaven," she adds. Giunta is currently playing one of the
Three Ladies in the COC's 2011 production of The Magic Flute.
She will also travel with the COC Orchestra and Chorus next month to
the Brooklyn Academy of Music for the U.S.A. premiere of the Robert
Lepage-directed production of The Nightingale and Other Short Fables. She will sing the solo alto part in The Nightingale.
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