Parlando: The COC Blog

1/30/2014

A special Ensemble Studio performance of Così fan tutte!

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1/29/2014

10 Things to Know about Verdi's A Masked Ball

By Nikita Gourski, Development Communications Coordinator, and Gianmarco Segato, Adult Programs Manager

A scene from Verdi's A Masked Ball

Need a quick refresher about Verdi's A Masked Ball (Un ballo in maschera) before you attend your performance? Look no further! Here are the top ten things you need to know about this opera, and our production.

1. MAKING THE OLD NEW
It was the first and only time in Verdi’s career that he adapted an already existing libretto, Gustave III, ou Le bal masqué by Eugène Scribe. Scribe’s libretto had been set to music by French composer Daniel Auber in 1833 and enjoyed great success at its premiere in Paris.

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1/27/2014

Inside Opera: Behind the scenes of Così fan tutte


For the past six months, the production department of the Canadian Opera Company has been buzzing in anticipation of our brand new production of Così fan tutte and, step-by-step we were there! Watch our three Inside Opera videos and go behind-the-scenes as we bring this new production of Mozart's wry comedy to life. Learn about the creation of the crisp prep school-inspired costumes, the gorgeous cotton-candy blue ship-wigs, the creation of our curio cabinet and, finally, watch it all come together with the music during rehearsal!

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Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001