The Canadian Opera Company's popular Inside Opera video series is back with a behind-the-scenes look at Lucia di Lammermoor. In case you missed it, revisit our first video in the series, Creating Lucia: Part One, featuring soprano Anna Christy and director David Alden discussing her interpretation of the famous role.
In William Zeitler and the Glass Armonica, learn about the rare instrument joining the COC orchestra for the spring production of Lucia di Lammermoor. Invented by Benjamin Franklin in 1761, the glass armonica was originally included in Donizetti's opera, but was later replaced with a flute solo instead. Watch as composer and performer William Zeitler shares the sound of this unique instrument.
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The Canadian Opera Company's popular Inside Opera video series is back, and this time our videos will go behind the scenes of all three of the company's spring operas: Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, R. Strauss's Salome and Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmélites. The first video for the spring highlights the popular American soprano Anna Christy, who is making her COC debut in a challenging performance that is quickly becoming her signature role.
Our spring performance run of Lucia di Lammermoor marks the third time that Christy and director David Alden have worked together on this production of Donizetti's bel canto classic. In Creating Lucia: Part One, Christy and Alden discuss the evolution of Lucia, Christy's process of "becoming" Lucia again, and how she interprets this famous role.
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By Gianmarco Segato
Adult Programs Manager at the Canadian Opera Company
American coloratura soprano Anna Christy makes her COC debut this spring in the title role of Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor. The 2008 English National Opera production by director David Alden was largely developed around her considerable vocal and acting talents. It was such a success that ENO quickly revived it in 2010 and now we’ll have the thrill of seeing it here in Toronto.
Gianmarco Segato, the COC’s adult programs manager, recently sat down with Ms Christy before she arrived in Toronto and here’s a portion of their conversation. For more, check out the "Losing Herself in Lucia" interview which can be found at coc.ca/COCRadio.
Had you sung Lucia before the 2008 premiere of the ENO production we’ll be seeing in Toronto?
The first time was in 2004 at Opera Omaha, in Italian. Then I had to learn it all again in English, and in the higher key for London. At the time the higher key fit me a little bit better. Now that I’m singing it again in Italian for the COC, we’re lowering it back to the key that most people sing it in, so it does feel a little bit different.
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Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001