Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Canadian Opera Company Live Online Chat December 4

From a media release:

COC HOSTS online chat 
during CBC Radio 2 broadcast of Aida on December 4

Toronto, Ontario – The Canadian Opera Company’s 2010/2011 season opening production of Verdi’s Aida has its first public broadcast on Saturday, December 4, 2010 on CBC Radio 2’s Saturday Afternoon at the Opera and through internet streaming on coc.ca.  The inaugural broadcast of the COC’s Aida will be supported by an online chat at coc.ca featuring special guests from the production’s cast and creative team.

From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on December 4, listeners at coc.ca will have the extraordinary opportunity to interact directly with Aida’s conductor, and COC Music Director, Johannes Debus, and cast members Sondra Radvanovsky, (pictured in the role, left,) and Jill Grove, who performed the roles of Aida and Amneris, respectively. Debus, Radvanovsky and Grove will be joined by other members of Aida’s cast and creative team, providing unique insight into how this production was brought to the stage as they answer questions and share anecdotes.

Those new to opera, as well as seasoned opera lovers, can join the discussion at coc.ca and enhance their listening experience by connecting with fellow opera enthusiasts.  The online chat is an opportunity to share thoughts on the performance, ask questions, and spend some time talking about this new production of Verdi’s grandest opera.  While at coc.ca, visitors can also read the Aida synopsis and cast list, view production photographs and videos, discover what to listen for in the Aida broadcast and even send an Aida-themed eCard.

In conjunction with the COC’s Broadcast Partner, CBC Radio 2, each opera of the COC’s 2010/2011 season will air twice nationally on CBC Radio 2’s Saturday Afternoon at the Opera and Radio-Canada’s Espace Musique.

The broadcasts will also be available for internet streaming on CBC Concerts on Demand, cbc.ca/radio2, as well as coc.ca for a period of 12 months after the initial streaming date.

Aida was generously underwritten in part by Tim and Frances Price.
Broadcast Partner: CBC Radio 2

PS - COC podcasts available at this link

Production details:
Performed on Stage Oct. 2 to Nov. 5, 2010
Performance time is approximately two hours, 55 minutes with one intermission.
Conductor: Johannes Debus / Derek Bate
Director: Tim Albery
Set Designer: Hildegard Bechtler
Aida: Sondra Radvanovsky / Michele Capalbo
Radames: Rosario La Spina
Amneris: Jill Grove
Amonasro: Scott Hendricks

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