The Calgary Opera is celebrating Giuseppe Verdi’s 200th birthday, and you’re invited. Over two days next week they’ll be throwing a bash for ol’ Peppe and have some neat events going on that anyone can attend (though you’ll need to register).
Now, notwithstanding that they’re throwing his 200th birthday party on his 199th birthday (he was born October 10, 1813, not 1812), I think it’s a great idea. Peppe composed some wonderful music, including one of my favourite operas, La Traviata. I’m sure Peppe appreciates it, though I’m betting he’s all, “Yo dogs, my 200th? Look, I appreciate it, but I’m only 199, my goombahs.”
On Wednesday and Thursday, October 10 and 11, Calgary Opera will host two unique and exclusive backstage events.
On Wednesday, they team up with Alberta Ballet to talk about the upcoming performances of Othello (each is putting on the opera in October), and talk about the relationship between opera and ballet.
On Thursday, the General Director will preview the entire Calgary Opera season and you’ll get to hear some musical selections performed by the Emerging Artist alumni.
On both evenings, you’ll get to learn about sets and props, learn how a wardrobe mistress costumes a singer, and get a look at the process of adding years with make-up and hair.
Tickets to both evenings are free, but because there will be limited attendance, you must register for the tickets. Big bonus: everyone who attends Verdi’s birthday bash will be entered to win a pair of platinum level subscriptions to the 2012-2013 season, plus tickets to all three of the installations of Taste Of The Opera.