In Discussion with Jane ArchibaldBy CATHERINE KUSTANCZY
Jane Archibald was initially nervous about performing in Wajdi Mouawad’s production of The Abduction From The Seraglio (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) during its first staging at Opéra de Lyon in 2016. Theatre directors, while meaning well, can often make demands on singers that aren’t technically feasible, and with no experience in opera, approach productions with what she calls “a great many opinions” on revolutionizing the art form. Working with the Lebanese-Canadian theatre artist, however, she experienced an open exchange of ideas and respect for music.
At the start of production, Archibald says the director “sent out a wonderful long introductory letter, with an almost-essay on his feelings about the piece and what he wanted to do. He had really thought about it—it wasn’t, “opera is easy; I’ll throw it together!” It was, “I’ve thought about this; this is what I think about the women and characters and their development.” That was automatically a lot more interesting.”[READ MORE]
The 2017 Dora Mavor Moore AwardsBy COC Staff
The nominations for the 38th annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards were announced on Tuesday, May 30 and the Canadian Opera Company and its affiliated artists were recognized with 27 nominations across 10 categories.[READ MORE]
Summer 2016: Filled to the Brim with OperaBy COC StaffPosted in COC
As the summer of 2016 officially came to a close last week, the staff of the COC have been reminiscing about our various opera-themed journeys over the past few months. Enjoy a selection of photos and descriptions from our staff travelling abroad![READ MORE]