The week of April 12th the COC is streaming a series called Exploring New Opera. It’s slanted to young audiences and those new to opera and deals with aspects of the in-development piece Fantasma by Ian Cusson and Colleen Murphy. It’s all free and doesn’t require pre-registration.
The full line up is:
Monday, April 12 at 2 p.m. ET
Fantasma composer and COC Composer-in-Residence Ian Cusson takes participants through the genesis of the opera’s story and how this translates into his music.
From the Performer’s Perspective
Tuesday, April 13 at 2 p.m. ET
COC Ensemble Studio artists Matthew Cairns (tenor) and Alex Soloway (pianist) talk about what it’s like to work with a living composer, and workshopping a new role in an opera.
The Real World of Props
Wednesday, April 14 at 2 p.m. ET
COC Props Supervisor Wulf Higgins shares a behind-the-scenes look at how the visual world of Fantasma is created and brought to life.
Creating the Character
Thursday, April 15 at 2 p.m. ET
Wig & Makeup Supervisor Sharon Ryman and Costume Supervisor Sandra Corazza give a sneak peek at two characters from Fantasma, Ms. Macaroni and Tino the Clown, as well as share some of their quick-change secrets.
Staging the Show
Friday, April 16 at 2 p.m. ET
Stage director and dramaturg Julie McIsaac speaks with music therapist Dr. SarahRose Black about her considerations in staging Fantasma, as well as her thoughts on creating an engaging experience for young people from the moment audience members walk in the door.
You should be able to find all the streams on the COC’s Youtube channel with the option for Q&A using Youtube Live following the initial broadcast.