have you told Sondra Radvanovsky lately that you love her?

Radvanovsky in COC's Aida/photo by Michael Cooper

Would you like to ask Sondra Radvanovsky how she feels about being dubbed the world’s preeminent Verdi soprano? Now you can, when the Canadian Opera Company hosts its first public broadcast of Aida on Saturday, December 4,  on CBC Radio 2’s “Saturday Afternoon at the Opera” and via streaming Internet from the COC’s website.  

From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., listeners who log onto COC’s website can interact directly with the conductor and COC Music Director Johannes Debus as well as principals Radvanovsky and Jill Grove, who performed the roles of Aida and Amneris, during  an online chat.  They will be joined by other members of Aida’s cast and creative team, offering unprecented listener access into how this production was brought to the stage. 

Use the online chat  to share your thoughts on the performance, ask questions, and talk about the COC version of Verdi’s grandest opera. The Aida synopsis and cast list, production photographs and videos are also available at the website. The broadcasts will also be available for internet streaming on CBC Concerts on Demand, cbc.ca/radio2, as coc.ca for a period of 12 months after the initial streaming date. 

If you’re weren’t sure why the COC is one of the most successful and fastest growing North American opera companies, it’s because of innovative, listener-focused programs like this one. 

Meet you in the chat room!

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