The COC’s new Opera for Young Audiences is for kids—and for kids at heart!By COC StaffPosted in The Magic Victrola
On December 1-3, opera’s youngest fans can experience a production created just for them with the Canadian Opera Company’s new, family-friendly presentation of The Magic Victrola. The story is about siblings Gracie and Sam, as they discover a mysterious trunk in their grandfather’s attic, full of costumes, opera recordings, and an old-fashioned record player—a Victrola. As they begin to play it, scenes from great operas by Bizet, Mozart, Puccini and more magically come to life before them.
The production features current and former artists of the COC Ensemble Studio as characters from famous operas brought to life by a magical Victrola phonograph. Many of opera's greatest hits (Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann, Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Delibes' Lakmé, and Bizet’s Carmen just to name a few) are sung in this magical production, bringing kids into the wonderful world of opera and opening their imagination to new and exciting stories!
Opera for Young Audiences hopes to reach out to the next generation of opera-goers with fully staged productions that are accessible to children and youth. Tickets to the public performances are free for children under 12 (to a maximum of two free children’s tickets for each adult ticket sold), making the operatic experience more accessible to young people! The program leap frogs from the Ensemble Studio School Tour that brought fun and inventive productions to kids like The Bremen Town Musicans and Second Nature to name a few.
Before the performance, immerse yourself in the world of The Magic Victrola, and participate in free hands-on activities related to the opera’s themes! Composer and artist-educator Chris Thornborrow will also lead an interactive opera creation workshop, guiding participants through some elements of creating an opera, in advance of the afternoon performances on December 2 and 3.
Want to know more info about the cast creative team? Head over to the The Magic Victrola page here!
All performances take place in the Imperial Oil Opera Theatre at the Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Opera Centre (227 Front St. E., at Berkeley Street). Tickets are FREE for children under 12 (maximum of two free children’s tickets for each adult ticket sold). Tickets for adults are $30 and additional children’s tickets are $10 each. To purchase tickets, visit coc.ca, call COC Ticket Services at 416-363-8231, or visit the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts Box Office (145 Queen St. W.).
Four performances of The Magic Victrola, taking place on November 29 and December 1, are open to student audiences and community groups. School groups attending these performances at the Imperial Oil Opera Theatre are also offered a complimentary in-school workshop, led by a COC artist-educator, that explores the opera’s themes and further deepens the students’ understanding of the art form.
Banner: Todd Rosenberg/Lyric Opera of Chicago; Second Banner: Left: Lauren Eberwein and Charles Sy in Second Nature (COC, 2016), photo: Chris Hutcheson; right: Iain MacNeil and Aviva Fortunata in The Bremen Town Musicians (COC, 2015), photo: Chris Hutcheson; Third banner: Pre-show activities before Second Nature (2016), all photos: Gaetz Photography.