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Canadian Opera Company’s on the radio–big-time

The Canadian Opera Company will broadcast its entire 2010/2011 mainstage season across Canada in conjunction with broadcast partner CBC Radio 2. For the second year in a row, all mainstage operas will be aired nationally on CBC Radio 2 and on Radio-Canada’s Espace Musique over the course of the season. The company’s season can now be heard coast to coast as well as internationally via CBC Radio 2’s, Radio-Canada’s, and the COC’s websites.

Benjamin Britten’s Death in Venice will air on Saturday, December 11, 2010, on “Saturday Afternoon at the Opera” hosted by Bill Richardson,from 1 – 5 p.m. EST (2 – 6 AT; 2:30 – 6:30 NT). Air dates for Espace Musique will be confirmed.

Future broadcast dates, including Mozart’s The Magic Flute, John Adams’ Nixon in China, Rossini’s La Cenerentola, Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos, and Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, will also be confirmed.

The complete season of operas from the 2010/2011 season will be available for internet streaming through CBC Radio 2’s Concerts on Demand, cbc.ca/radio2, and Espace Musique, radio-canada.ca/espace_musique, with select operas available on the COC website, coc.ca, for a period of 12 months after the initial streaming date.

In addition repeat broadcasts of the COC’s last season include November 6, 2010 for Maria Stuarda; November 13, 2010 for The Flying Dutchman; November 20, 2010 for Carmen; and November 27, 2010 for Otello. Last season’s broadcasts marked the first time the COC’s complete season aired on the radio in its entirety in almost 20 years.

Many of them can be live-streamed directly from the COC website as audio productions. Do visit  the COC’s websites for lots of goodies, including a video montage of scenes from the COC’s Death in Venice.

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ask Richard about National Opera Week

Dear Richard,  

My sister-in-law said National Opera Week begins on October 29.  Here’s my problem. I’m going to be traveling out to see her that week, with stops in Pittsburgh; Columbus, Ohio; Quincy, Illinois; and finally, heading back toward Cincinatti, early on the 7th. What’s worth stopping for along the way?  

Alice in Altoona  

Dr. Richard Rohrer, self-proclaimed opera expert

 

Dear Alice,  

You have hit the jackpot, my dear. Get a load of just some of the fun things you can do in America’s heartland during this celebrated week.  

First stop is on Sunday, October 31 at Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters, 2425 Liberty Avenue,  at 2:00 p.m.  There you can enjoy “Opera Up Close: Lucia di Lammermoor,”  an in-depth look at the music and story of Lucia di Lammermoor — with Maestro Walker and a star-studded panel of opera artists. Free and open to the public. No reservations required. More information here.  

Next stop on Thursday, November 4, at Opera Columbus, 11 E. Gay Street, from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m for Opera’s Greatest Hits at Sugardaddie’s Sumptuous Sweeties. For more information, contact Sarah Rhorer at srhorer@operacolumbus.org or visit www.operacolumbus.org.  

If you’re speedy, next you hightail it over to Quincy Illinois, on Saturday, November 6, to see Muddy River Opera Company’s  “Potpourri of Songs and Roses” at the State Theatre at 434 South 8th Street,  from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Enjoy a  special American Opera Week luncheon, strolling fashion show, entertainment with songs of past operas and musicals, raffle and door prizes.  Tickets are $25. Raffle tickets, which include a one half-hour plane ride over the city and the Mississippi River plus 15 other prizes, are six for $10. For information and tickets, contact abernzen12@gmail.com or 217-242-3829.  

The Turn of the Screw/photo by John Cahill

 

For the last official day of National Opera Week, hustle back to the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music on Sunday, November 7, for the final performance of Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw (one of my favorites!) held at the Patricia Corbett Theater on W, Corry St, at Jefferson Avenue, on the UC Campus at 2:30 p.m.  This production is directed by Amanda Consol and conducted by Christopher Allen. Tickets are $15 for General Admission; $10 for non-UC Students (UC Students are free). For information, contact boxoff@uc.edu.  

There you go, Alice. A week jam-packed with opera because these organizations participate in National Opera Week.  

And if any of you, dear readers, want to know what’s on the docket in your neck of the words, you can use the nifty little search engine on the Opera America site to find the complete slate of events–from Alabama to Wisconsin.

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