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3/12/2014

The Big COC Podcast Episode 22

By Gianmarco Segato, Adult Programs Manager

For Episode 22, the “All cross-over, all the time” edition, we welcome back opera journalist Paula Citron and opera conductor Stephen Lord, and joining The Big COC Podcast for the first time is Jenna Douglas, a Toronto-based collaborative pianist and founder of the new opera blog, Schmopera. Gianmarco Segato, the COC’s Adult Programs Manager is your host. 

This episode’s stories all somehow settled around that eternal question of “How the heck do we manage to keep opera ‘relevant’?” 

Are you listening? Let us know your thoughts, opinions and suggestions by commenting here, or on Facebook, Twitter or by e-mail (community@coc.ca).

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3/7/2014

Hercules Listening Guide

By Gianmarco Segato, Adult Programs Manager

Hercules Listening Guide

Introduction

As with 1744’s Semele, produced by the COC in 2012, Handel’s Hercules (1745) was a response to the waning popularity of the Italian operas which had been hugely successful and had dominated his output in the 1730s. At first glance, Hercules, like Semele, might seem to belong more in the world of oratorio than opera. However, from the start Hercules was recognized as a “musical drama,” as was printed in the original libretto.

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2/27/2014

Free Concert Series Highlights in March

Ensemble Jeng Yi

Have you ever wanted to try your hand at opera? Be part of a Korean drum choir? Meet a composer? Attend a world premiere? Now is your chance, with this month's performances in the Free Concert Series. Check out our March highlights below!

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