In rehearsal with the COC Ensemble Studio

In rehearsal with the COC Ensemble Studio

On May 15th, 2015, the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio takes the Four Seasons Centre stage in their unique performance of The Barber of Seville. It's a big deal for these young artists to step into the mainstage roles of this ongoing production by Els Comediants, and the hype has earned them a sold-out show.

I was able to chat with mezzo-soprano Charlotte Burrage (Rosina), and her two Count Almavivas, Andrew Haji (Act I) and Jean-Philippe Fortier-Lazure (Act II), about enjoying the big stage and the supportive audience. They were even kind enough to let me bring my camera to their rehearsal with Clarence Frazer (Figaro) and Iain MacNeil (Bartolo).

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Jenna Simeonov

Jenna Simeonov

Jenna is the editor and co-creator of She's also a pianist, vocal coach, and répétiteur, and working with singers is how she fell in love with opera. Her favourite operas include Peter Grimes, Ariadne auf Naxos, Tristan und Isolde, Written on Skin, and Anna Nicole.

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  • The COC Ensemble Studio performance of The Barber of Seville

    The COC Ensemble Studio performance of The Barber of Seville

    On Friday, May 15, 2015, audiences will get the unique opportunity to watch members of the Canadian Opera Company's 2014/2015 Ensemble Studio in their own performance of the mainstage production of The Barber of Seville.

    Tickets are either $25 or just $55 for the best seats in the house! Available for purchase with your subscription order.


    Figaro: Clarence Frazer Rosina: Charlotte Burrage Almaviva: Jean-Philippe Fortier-Lazure / Andrew Haji Bartolo: Iain MacNeil Basilio: Gordon Bintner Berta: Karine Boucher

    Photo by Chris Hutcheson.


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