Opera McGill's Year of Shakespeare is getting documented by the immensely talented videographer and editor, Anne Kostalas.
We spend one Saturday a month diving into Shakespeare from many angles. The students of Opera McGill, along with Paul Hopkins (artistic director of Repercussion Theatre and actor/director), Paul Yachnin (Tomlinson professor of Shakespeare studies and the director of IPLAI), and me have been researching, playing, acting, learning, teaching, paraphrasing, singing, blocking, studying, and defining Shakespeare - his sonnets, plays, and the operatic treatments of his text.
The students learn, the students teach. Paul and Paul elucidate eloquently and illuminate illustriously. I drop in funny one liners.
Actually, we are all learning and loving the experience. So far there have been three sessions, one each in September, October, and November.
You can see the documentaries here: (Don't worry, each is only 8 or so minutes in length)
Look for three more and don't miss out on the Upcoming Productions!
Britten's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
January 29, 30, 31, and February 1, 2014 in Pollack Hall
Schulich School of Music of McGill University
The two great English geniuses of Shakespeare and Britten for an unforgettable evening!
Bellini's I CAPULETI E I MONTECCHI
March 20 and 22, 2014 in Pollack Hall
This is a very special collaboration between Opera McGill and the amazing
McGill Chamber Orchestra, Boris Brott artistic director
A bel canto masterpiece based on the Verona tale of star-crossed lovers!
Operatic Shakespeare! A Scenes Program
March 21, 2014 in Pollack Hall
The culmination of these Shakespeare Saturday Workshops!
We will be presenting the actual Shakespeare play excerpts followed by their operatic treatments. An original evening that shouldn't be missed by theatre and opera goers alike!