(l–r) D'arcy Bleiker as Harlequin and Katarzyna Dondalska as Zerbinetta) in the Welsh National Opera’s production ofAriadne auf Naxos, 2004. Photo: Clive Barda
Tomorrow is a big day for fans of the Canadian Opera Company as you will have two separate opportunities to see, hear and speak to some of your favourite singers, and the best part is that both events are free. Yes, you read that correctly.
The event that has the most unique format is Opera 101, and this session features tenor Richard Margison and Soprano Jane Archibald talking with host Brent Bambury from the CBC. The singer's will be talking about their upcoming production of Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos. The event takes place at the Drake Hotel which is a great venue for this sort of thing. It's very intimate and they make a killer Porn Star martini. Just saying...
Opera 101 with Richard Margison and Jane Archibald. Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. Free admission. Doors open at 7:00pm,. discussion from 7:30 to 9:0pm. https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=149484811782361
The second event is The 2011 Christina and Louis Quilico Awards in support of extraordinary young artists. This year the COC Ensemble Studio members will compete for the awards by singing arias in front of judges Alexander Neef, General Director of the COC, David Speers, Artistic Director of Opera Hamilton, and John Hess, Co-Artistic Director of Queen of Puddings Music Theatre.
This vocal competition is free and open to the public, with doors opening at 5:00 p.m. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, and is limited.
The performance will commence at 5:30pm. and will take place in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W., Toronto. http://www.coc.ca/AboutTheCOC/CompanyMembers/EnsembleStudio/QuilicoCompetition.aspx