Posted by Danielle D'Ornellas / in Opera Appreciation / comments (2) / permalink
By Diana Bradshaw
Reproduced below is the Year-End Matching Campaign letter penned by Diana Bradshaw, who draws on her experience with the Joan Baillie Archives at the COC to remind us that growth and artistic excellence rely not only on a forward-looking vision but a mindful preservation of the past.
Posted by Danielle D'Ornellas / in Opera Appreciation / comments (0) / permalink
Canadian Ben Heppner, one of the world’s finest dramatic tenors, has announced his retirement from the stage.
"After much consideration, I've decided the time has come for a new era in my life. I'm setting aside my career as an opera and concert singer.
I wish to thank the countless people who inspired me, supported me and encouraged me to embark on a fantastic journey over the past 35 years. A million thanks to those who hired me. Most importantly, I want to thank everyone who ever bought a ticket.
I'm really enjoying my time on CBC Radio as host of Saturday Afternoon at the Opera and Backstage with Ben Heppner, and look forward to what the future has in store." - Ben Heppner
Ben has excelled in some of opera’s most challenging roles, drawing worldwide acclaim for his beautiful voice, intelligent musicianship and deeply felt dramatic presence.
Audience members at the Canadian Opera Company’s recent productions of Tristan und Isolde (2012/2013 season) and Peter Grimes (2013/2014 season) would have witnessed this first-hand and were privileged to see Ben in two of his signature roles – Tristan and Peter Grimes – in what are now among his final stage performances.
Posted by Meighan Szigeti / in Opera Appreciation / comments (1) / permalink
Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001