September 25th, 2021 at the
Polaris Performance Centre for the Arts
This spectacular evening will feature the countless highlights of CCOC’s 10 year journey including selections from la Traviata, Werther, Carmen, Samson et Dalila, I Capuleti Ed I Montecchi, Suor Angelica, Il Tabarro, Rigoletto, Cosi fan tutte and la Gioconda
Our cast of sixteen opera singers hail from Calgary, Edmonton, Lethbridge, Okotoks and Airdrie. Joining us on stage is the Foothills Philharmonic Opera Chorus, emcee Harris Kirshenbaum and piano accompanists William Shookhoff, Grace King and Eleanor May.
November 18th, 2021 at Polaris Centre for the Performing Arts
Pierrot Lunaire (Op. 21) is a melodrama by Arnold Schoenberg. It is a setting of 21 selected poems from Albert Giraud's cycle of the same name as translated into German by Otto Erich Hartleben. The work is written for reciter (voice-type unspecified in the score, but traditionally performed by a soprano) who delivers the poems in the sprechstimme style accompanied by a small instrumental ensemble.
Pierrot lunaire is among Schoenberg's most celebrated and frequently performed works. Its instrumentation – flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano with standard doublings and in this case with the addition of a vocalist – is an important ensemble in 20th- and 21st-century classical music and is referred to as a Pierrot ensemble.
I will be singing in the opening act with some incredible artists to open the concert!
From winning the Québec Provincial Gymnastics Championship on Floor to thrilling audiences with her “exquisite vocal command of a three octave range” and the possession of a “warm, agile mezzo-soprano voice”, Canadian mezzo soprano Barbara King is no stranger to the stage...
Barbara’s roles include Carmen (Carmen), Dalila (Samson et Dalila), Flora (La Traviata), Laura (La Gioconda), Dorabella (Cosí Fan Tutte), Maddalena and Countess Ceprano (Rigoletto), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Romeo (I Capuleti ed I Montecchi), Charlotte (Werther), La Zia Principessa (Suor Angelica), Berta (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Mistress Quickly (Falstaff), The Third Lady (The Magic Flute), Frugola (Il tabarro), Olga (The Merry Widow), The Confidante (Elektra) and Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier).
Barbara has had the pleasure of singing with Calgary Opera, Manitoba Opera, Edmonton Opera, Opera Kelowna, Opera Nuova, Tuscia Opera Festival in Viterbo, Italy, Mercury Opera, Opera by Request, Amalfi Coast Music Festival in Italy, Barrie’s Colours of Music Festival, Cowtown Opera, Calgary Concert Opera Company, Rocky Mountain Symphony Orchestra and Calgary Civic Symphony.