Parlando: The COC Blog


Welcome to Parlando!

Welcome to Parlando! My name is Cecily Carver, and I'm the Social and Interactive Media Co-ordinator for the Canadian Opera Company. I hope you'll find this blog useful for learning interesting facts and stories about our productions, keeping up to date with performances and events, and exchanging opinions with your fellow opera-lovers.

A few words about me: I was born in the mountains of British Columbia, but I lived in Calgary, Edmonton, and New York City before finally settling permanently in Toronto in 2008. The first "opera" I attended was a performance of The Pirates of Penzance as a little girl (performed by the Rossland Light Opera), but I really fell in love with opera as an Edmonton teenager and since then have been an enthusiastic opera patron everywhere I've lived. Professionally, I've always been a "techie" and only experienced the opera as a listener and patron. This means that being behind the scenes is very exciting for me, and I hope to be able to bring some of that excitement to you!

We at the COC have a lot of interesting things coming up in the next few months, including our new production of Aida, Yoshi Oida's acclaimed 2007 production of Death in Venice from the Aldeburgh festival, Ben Heppner in recital, and supporting events like Opera 101 at the Drake Hotel and the COC Book Club. I hope to bring you lots of pictures, interviews, facts, and guest posts to make your experience of these events richer and more fun.

I invite you to bookmark this page or subscribe to the blog's RSS feed to make sure you never miss a post, and introduce yourself in the comments!

Posted by Cecily Carver / in About / comments (15) / permalink

Cecily (8/16/2010 4:00:00 AM)

Rida: An excellent time to start attending, for sure. What I've seen of the new Aida looks fascinating.

Nancy: Thanks! I hope you enjoy reading both blogs!

Rida Al Barazi (8/16/2010 2:06:00 PM)
Looking forward to reading your coverage of the events Cecily. I haven't been to any COC production yet, but when I heard there will be a new production of Aida I decided it's right time.
Nancy (8/16/2010 2:21:00 PM)
Having read your blog All Time Coloratura for a while now, I'm looking forward to hearing your insights on the 10/11 season!!!
Definitely the Opera (8/16/2010 3:21:00 PM)
This is going to be good! Was that chair in any of the productions? Let me guess... Azucena sat on it in her opening aria? No, that's too posh for that scene... Maybe a chair from Manon's salon?
Cecily (8/16/2010 3:32:00 PM)
The operatic origin of that chair is a mystery to me. The lions make me think about Venice, so...Otello, perhaps? On second thought, they may not be the right type of lion for that. Boccanegra maybe. Or Lucia.
Victoria (8/16/2010 4:28:00 PM)
Looking forward to reading your blog, Cecily, and checking out some COC performances this season!
Tony Filice (8/16/2010 4:52:00 PM)
Looking forward to reading your blog. My wife and I are relatively new to opera (3rd year full season subscribers) and the more info the better. In fact, we just enrolled this morning for "The History of Opera". Maybe you will be a speaker??? All the best!
Cecily (8/16/2010 5:15:00 PM)
Victoria and Tony: Thanks for commenting! This season promises to be excellent. Learning about opera is an ongoing process whether you've seen three seasons or thirty, and I know I've found it very rewarding. There aren't any plans for me to speak for the "History of Opera" course, but Dr. David Stanley-Porter is an excellent lecturer and I'm sure you'll enjoy his style.
Gale Martin (8/16/2010 6:23:00 PM)
I, too, enjoy All Time Coloratura. I will definitely subscribe to your RSS Feeds. And congratulations on Parlando. Just curious. How did you choose the name?
Cecily (8/16/2010 7:33:00 PM)
Hi Gale, and thanks for commenting! For the name, we bandied around a bunch of different musical/operatic terms and settled on Parlando because the way it the term is used in opera - to mean singing in a style approximating speech - seemed appropriate for the act of blogging.
Adam Froman (8/16/2010 8:17:00 PM)
Looking forward to it
Mary (8/19/2010 1:36:00 AM)
I love the pictures from the fitting. Behind the scenes stuff is so fun.
Cecily (8/19/2010 1:18:00 PM)
Yes, those pictures were lots of fun to take.
Asna Wise (9/23/2010 5:13:00 PM)
I did not know about this book club and would very much like to join. Can you give me details, ie. where you meet, when, what, who, etc. Looking forward to be a part of this. Best regards, Asna
Cecily (9/23/2010 5:19:00 PM)
Asna: The book club read "The Other Queen" for Maria Stuarda this spring, and this fall we will be reading "Death in Venice". The book club is mostly online with occasional in-person events. You can find the information here (or email me if you need more details):

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



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