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Canadian Opera Company’s Impact on Canadian Culture and Arts Scene
The Canadian Opera Company (COC) is one of the most prominent cultural institutions in Canada, with a rich history and a profound impact on the country’s culture and arts scene. Established in 1950, the COC has become a symbol of excellence in opera production, attracting both national and international recognition. In this article, we will explore the significant contributions of the Canadian Opera Company to Canadian culture and the arts scene.
Promoting Cultural Diversity
The COC plays a vital role in promoting cultural diversity through its diverse repertoire and casting choices. The company showcases operas from various periods, styles, and languages, ensuring that audiences have access to a wide range of artistic expressions. By presenting works from different cultures around the world, the COC fosters an appreciation for global perspectives in Canadian audiences.
Moreover, the COC actively seeks out and supports emerging Canadian talent. It provides a platform for local artists to showcase their skills alongside renowned international performers. This commitment to nurturing homegrown talent helps promote diversity within Canada’s opera industry while also contributing to its growth.
Educational Outreach Programs
In addition to its mainstage productions, the COC is deeply committed to educational outreach programs that engage communities across Canada. These programs aim to make opera accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds by breaking down barriers to entry.
One such initiative is the COC Ensemble Studio, which provides training opportunities for young professional artists while also offering interactive performances at schools and community centers. Through these activities, children and youth are introduced to opera as an art form, fostering an early appreciation for music and storytelling.
Furthermore, the COC hosts workshops, lectures, pre-performance talks, and backstage tours that give audiences a deeper understanding of opera production processes and techniques. By demystifying opera through education initiatives like these, the COC helps build new audiences who can fully appreciate this art form.
Collaborations and Partnerships
The Canadian Opera Company actively collaborates with other arts organizations, both nationally and internationally. These partnerships allow for the creation of innovative productions that push the boundaries of traditional opera.
Locally, the COC collaborates with other Canadian performing arts companies, such as the National Ballet of Canada and various theater companies. These collaborations often result in groundbreaking interdisciplinary works that combine opera, dance, and theater to create truly unique experiences for audiences.
Internationally, the COC engages in co-productions with renowned opera houses around the world. By sharing resources and expertise, these collaborations elevate Canadian opera onto a global stage while also fostering cultural exchange between artists from different countries.
Recognizing the importance of making opera accessible to all Canadians, regardless of their economic or physical circumstances, the COC has implemented various accessibility initiatives.
One such initiative is its commitment to offering affordable ticket prices through programs like Opera Under 30 and Standing Room tickets. These initiatives aim to attract younger audiences who may not have had previous exposure to opera due to financial constraints.
The COC also strives to create inclusive spaces by providing accessibility services for people with disabilities. This includes captioning services for individuals with hearing impairments and audio description services for those who are visually impaired.
In conclusion, the Canadian Opera Company’s impact on Canadian culture and the arts scene cannot be overstated. Through its commitment to cultural diversity, educational outreach programs, collaborations and partnerships, as well as accessibility initiatives, the COC has successfully made opera more accessible and relevant to a wide range of audiences in Canada and beyond. Its contributions have not only enriched Canada’s cultural landscape but also nurtured a new generation of artists and arts enthusiasts.
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"Get my doggie, bring my doggie. Bye-Bye."
Carlotta is the lead soprano and "prima donna" of the Opera Populaire . She sports various surnames in different versions of the story, and has a strong dislike for Christine Daaé , who's incredible voice challenges her position in the opera house, along with Christine's lover, Raoul de Chagny .
- 1.1 The Phantom of the Opera (1910)
- 1.2 The Phantom of the Opera (1943)
- 1.3 The Phantom of the Opera (Andrew Lloyd Webber)
- 1.4 The Phantom of the Opera (1990)
- 1.5 The Phantom of the Opera (1998)
- 1.6 The Phantom of the Opera (2004)
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The phantom of the opera (1910) [ ].
In The Phantom of the Opera (1910) , Carlotta is a minor character and hails from Spain. She was unable to perform at the farewell gala for the former managers, due to her being suddenly ill (it was later explained that she wasn't actually unwell, just spoiled and temperamental). Later in the novel, the Phantom instructs her to not perform Faust, but she disregards him, and as a result, croaks like a toad while on stage.
The Phantom of the Opera (1943) [ ]
In Phantom of the Opera (1943) , Madame Biancarolli was drugged by the Phantom and murdered along with her maid when after attempting to force him to take off his prop mask.
The Phantom of the Opera (Andrew Lloyd Webber) [ ]
In The Phantom of the Opera (Andrew Lloyd Webber) , Carlotta Giudicelli is Italian, and appears throughout the musical as a self-centered diva who is quite literally the definition of the term 'prima donna', to the extent that there is a song sung about her with the same title. The Phantom criticizes her many times throughout the music on both her singing and acting, even going as far as saying "Carlotta must be taught to act, not her normal trick of strutting round the stage!" She was in a relationship with Ubaldo Piangi until he was murdered by the Phantom during the Opera House's production of Don Juan Triumphant .
While preforming the lead role of "Il Muto", the Phantom makes her croak like a toad while singing, because the opera house ignored his instructions to give Christine the role.
The Phantom of the Opera (1990) [ ]
In The Phantom of the Opera (1990) , Carlotta Carrière , portrayed by Andréa Ferréol, is Christine's tormentor and an opera diva. Her first appearance in the film is during the dismissal of Gérard Carrière. With Gérard gone and replaced by her husband Choleti, Carlotta's position as the Opera's lead soprano becomes secured.This prompts her to demand an inventory of the whole Opera House despite warnings about the mysterious Opera Ghost. She sends her costumer Joseph Buguet into the rafters of the Opera where he meets his death, unbeknownst to her. Carlotta and her husband are present when Gérard Carrière gives his farewell speech and the Phantom first makes his presence known although neither are very concerned. Carlotta is much more occupied with arranging the season's operas starting with a production of Faust starring her as Marguerite. To Carlotta's annoyance, she receives a note that Joseph Buguet has quit his job and replaces him with the destitute and seemingly unimportant Christine Daaé .
Upon the opening Night of Norma, the Phantom uses his powers of ventriloquism to evacuate Box Five, and places rats in Carlotta's wig, causing her to uncontrollably scratch herself from fleabites on stage. The reviews are dreadful and this forces Carlotta and Choleti to enlist the help of Inspector Ledoux to stop the Phantom. Despite Ledoux's presence, Carlotta's next performance is disrupted and the constant mishaps begin to fray her nerves and make her wish to quit singing all together. To celebrate his return to Paris, Count Philippe de Chagny holds a party at the Bistro which Carlotta attends. While at the party, Carlotta discovers that the Opera has sold out its production of Faust starring as Marguerite. She is furious as Choleti did not tell her that the production would go ahead. As she gets up to leave, Count Philippe does his best to charm her into agreeing to give his "niece" singing lessons in exchange for his continued patronage. When Carlotta sees that his "niece" is Christine and sees Christine sing, Carlotta tries to upstage her by singing over her, but becomes humiliated when Christine triumphs over her. Carlotta returns to the Opera distraught and desperate to know who Christine's teacher is. She looks through Christine's possessions and confronts her about it to no avail. She is then dejected to discover that Choleti gave Christine the part of Marguerite. She visits Christine before her debut performance of Marguerite and gives her a drink that ruins Christine's voice. Carlotta revels to see Christine's debut ruined but her amusement is turned to horror as the Chandelier falls upon the audience. Despite the tragedy, Carlotta is over joyed at Christine's humiliation and gleefully applies her make-up at her dressing table, but is interrupted by the Phantom, who unleashes dozens of rats on her, causing Carlotta to fall into uncontrollable fits of hysterics.
The Phantom of the Opera (1998) [ ]
In The Phantom of the Opera (1998) , Carlotta Altieri , portrayed by Nadia Rinaldi, is first mentioned as Honorine and Christine lounge in Christine's dressing room. They comment on her ability to sing and also her body odor. She is seen singing during the rehearsal of Romeo and Juliet. Upon concluding her song, she commands her assistant Marc to bring a bucket for her to spit in. Before leaving the stage she makes her dislike of Christine known as she swishes her with her cape. Carlotta is seen, some time later, being inspected by the Doctor. He confirms that she has a sore throat and cannot sing and that Christine should sing the role. Carlotta in anger lets out a hoarse shrill scream.
Carlotta prepares as Poligny tells her that her debut performance has a fullhouse. Carlotta is not surprised given her talent and renown. As she talks about her new contract, she sends Marc to the wardrobe room to fetch her costume. The Phantom throws his voice insulting Carlotta who in turn thinks it was Poligny. She orders him to leave despite his protests before hearing Marc whimpering. She goes into the wardrobe room to investigate when the Phantom pins her to the wall. He bites her earlobe and informs her that she will not sing as Juliet that night before he exposes her breast and claws it. Carlotta faints momentarily before dragging herself back to her dressing room. Despite her disheveled appearance she is determined to sing the role. As the Opera progresses, The Phantom cuts down the Chandelier, causing countless gruesome deaths in the audience. A prop also becomes dislodged and falls on top of Carlotta's head. While unharmed, the powder renders her unable to sing.
Carlotta in this adaptation has a few assistants that serve her every whim. One of these is her mother whom offers her comfort through the movie (in particular after the wardrobe attack) and the other is Marc. Marc is completely devoted to Carlotta and they genuinely have a warm relationship due to Marc's slavish devotion. Numerous members of staff openly show their dislike of Carlotta by covering their ears or making derogatory gestures. Honorine, Christine's maid, also imitates and makes several nasty comments about Carlotta.
The Phantom of the Opera (2004) [ ]
In The Phantom of the Opera (2004) , Carlotta Giudicelli is Italian and shares a near identical role to the Carlotta in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. She owns two poodles.
Her acting and talking voice is provided by Minnie Driver, but due to Minnie's lack of experience opera singing, her singing voice is provided by Margaret Preece.
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The Phantom : Did I NOT instruct that Box 5 was to be left empty?
Meg Giry : He's here, the phantom of the opera!
Christine : It's him!
Carlotta : Your part is silent, little toad!
The Phantom : A toad, madam? Perhaps it is you who are the toad...
[as she attempts to leave the first time]
Carlotta : Andiamo. Tutti. No, es finito. Is finished. Get my doggy, bring my doggy. Bye-bye. Bye-bye, dancing girls. Bye-bye. See you later, because I'm going now. It is finished. See you later.
[the Phantom drops a backdrop on Carlotta]
Andre : Signora, these things do happen.
Carlotta : For the past three years, these things do happen!
Carlotta : And did you stop them from happening? No!
[to Firmin and Andre]
Carlotta : And you two - you're as bad as him! "These things do happen!" Ma... until you stop these things from happening, this thing does not happen! Ubaldo! Andiamo! Bring my doggy and my boxy!
[Carlotta storms out with her maid, seamstress, and hairdresser]
Piangi : [to Firmin and Andre] Amateurs!
Carlotta : Bye-bye and ciao! Now you see. Bye-bye, I'm really leaving!
Carlotta : Why you spray on my chin all the time, huh?
Carlotta : Well, if my managers command. Mr. Reyer?
Reyer : If my diva commands.
Carlotta : Yes, I do.
Andre : [trying to convince Carlotta to come back and sing] Your public needs you!
Firmin : We need you, too!
Carlotta : Would you not rather have your precious little ingenue?
Andre , Firmin : Signora, no! The world wants you! Prima donna, first lady of the stage! Your devotees are on their knees to implore you!
Andre : Can you bow out when they're shouting your name?
Firmin : Think of how they all adore you!
Andre , Firmin : Prima donna, enchant us once again!
Andre : Think of your muse...
Firmin : And of the queues round the theatre!
Andre , Firmin : Can you deny us the triumph in store? Sing, prima donna, once more!
Carlotta : I hope he as excited by dancing girls as your new managers, because *I* WILL NOT BE SINGING!
Carlotta : [sung] I know who sent this: The Vicomte - her lover!
Raoul : Indeed! Can you believe it?
Lefevre : As you know, for some weeks there have been rumors of my imminent retirement. I can now tell you that these were all true...
Carlotta : Ah ha!
Lefevre : ...and it is my pleasure to introduce you to the two gentlemen who now own the Opera Populaire: monsieur Richard Firmin and monsieur Gilles Andre.
Lefevre : I'm sure you've read of their recent fortune amassed in the junk business.
Andre : Scrap metal, actually.
Andre , Firmin : Far too many notes for my taste, and all of them about Christine. All we've heard since we came is Ms. Daaé's name.
Madame Giry : Ms. Daaé has returned.
Firmin : I hope no worse for wear, as far as we're concerned.
Andre : Where precisely is she now?
Madame Giry : I thought it best she was alone.
Meg Giry : She needed rest.
Raoul : May I see her?
Madame Giry : No, monsieur, she will see no one.
Carlotta , Piangi : Will she sing? Will she sing?
Madame Giry : Here, I have a note.
Andre , Firmin , Raoul , Carlotta , Piangi : Let me see it!
Andre : Signor, isn't there a rather marvelous aria for Elissa in Act 3 of Hannibal? Perhaps the signora...
Carlotta : Yes, yes, yes, yes. No! Because I have not my costume for Act 3 because somebody not finish it! And... I HATE MY HAT!
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BEN CRAWFORD was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona and received a BFA in Music Theatre from The University of Arizona (Bear Down). His Broadway credits include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Mr. Salt), the titular character in Shrek The Musical , Big Fish (Edward Bloom u/s, Don Price), Les Misérables (Javert/Valjean u/s) and On the Twentieth Century (Bruce Granit u/s). Ben is so incredibly grateful to be back onstage. Thank you for wearing your masks and being vaccinated! Science rules! Love to Super Parents Tom and Cathy, the gorgeous Kelsey and the incredible Charlotte and Jack Crawford. Repped by CGF Talent. Be sure to check out Ben’s EPs Electronic Pandemic and A Crawdaddy Christmas on all music streaming platforms! @crawdady21
EMILIE KOUATCHOU ( Christine Daaé ) is making her Broadway debut in Phantom . Recent credits include Unknown Soldier (Playwrights Horizons), Oklahoma! (Broadway at Music Circus, Sacramento, CA) and Sweeney Todd (Connecticut Repertory Theater). Graduate University of Michigan’s Musical Theatre program. She is extremely grateful for the love and support from her family, friends, team at Authentic Mgmt and CGF Talent, and everyone who has supported her throughout the years. All Black Lives Matter.
Julia is thrilled to return to Phantom , where she made her Broadway debut as Christine. She previously toured the country as Christine with the original cast of the restaged North American National Tour. She has been fortunate to perform with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Maestro Yannick Nezet-Seguin, celebrating Leonard Bernstein, and has also performed with Josh Groban in the opening of his Stages tour in Atlanta. Other Theater credits include City Center’s Pirates of Penzance (Mabel), Jack’s Back (Jenny), Tell Me On a Sunday and Shrek (Fiona). TV includes “Law & Order: SVU” and “All My Children.” Love and thanks to her family and friends!
Raoul, vicomte de chagny.
JOHN RIDDLE ( Raoul, Vicomte de Chagny ) originated the roles of Hans in Disney’s Frozen and Young Anton in The Visit on Broadway. Off-Broadway: Cal in Titanique . National tour: Evita . Regional: Kennedy Center, Long Wharf Theatre, Goodspeed, PCLO, Casa Mañana, MUNY. Other: Cinderella’s Prince in Into the Woods (Town Hall), The Secret Garden in Concert (Lincoln Center), soloist with the Cincinnati Pops. TV: “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” “One Life to Live.” Recordings: Frozen , The Visit , John Kander’s Hidden Treasures . @thejohnriddle
Broadway: Flying Over Sunset , All My Sons , School of Rock, Gettin’ the Band Back Together , Les Misérables (Original Revival Cast), Threepenny Opera . Off-Broadway: Cyrano , Working (2008 revision, Drama Desk Award), Grand Hotel (Encores!), Three Sisters . Regional highlights: Les Misérables (Dallas Theatre Center), Oklahoma! (Arena Stage), Disgraced (Arena Stage), Disney’s The Jungle Book (Goodman/Huntington).
Video Game: World of Warcraft: Cataclysm .
TV/Film: “Law & Order: SVU,” “The Wire,” “Search Party,” Blackout .
IG: @nehaljoshi. The first time he stepped on a Broadway stage was to audition for Phantom …he didn’t get it (don’t worry the story ends happily).
Broadway: The Last Ship (Billy Thompson), A Tale of Two Cities (Jerry Cruncher), South Pacific (Thomas Hassinger), Miss Saigon (Sgt. Schultz). Off-Broadway: Music in the Air (City Center Encores!), Citizen Ruth (NY Fringe Festival). National tour: The Phantom of the Opera (Monsieur Firmin), The Light in the Piazza (Signor Naccarelli), Billy Elliot (Big Davey), Mamma Mia! (Bill Austin), Ragtime (Willie Conklin), Les Misérables (Combeferre). Regional: A Little Night Music (Fredrik), Randy Newman’s Faust (Michael), House of Martin Guerre (Jehannot), all at the Goodman Theater, Chicago. Thanks to Steve and Dale. Love to Sala and Mako.
RAQUEL SUAREZ GROEN
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Raquel is thrilled to be making her Broadway debut with Phantom ! Off-Broadway: Roxanne Conti, iFigaro (90210)! (Duke Theater); Grand Dame, Vox Lumiere’s Phantom of the Opera . Opera: Marzelline, Fidelio (Opera Carolina); Frasquita, Carmen (Opera San Antonio, Venture Opera); Susanna, Le nozze di Figaro (Opera on the James); Lauretta, Gianni Schicchi (Opera on the James, DiCapo Opera); Opera Lyra Ottawa; Syracuse Opera. Prize Winner: Giulio Gari International Vocal Competition, Florida Grand Opera YPO Competition. Special thanks to my loving mom and dad, Tara Rubin Casting, Renée Fleming, Joan Lader, UIA Talent and my dream team at Empower Voices Now!
MAREE JOHNSON ( Madame Giry ) is thrilled to rejoin the Broadway production after recently playing Madame Giry on Sydney Harbour (Handa Opera & Opera Australia). Other Australian credits include Phantom (Christine Daaé) Cats (Grizabella), Les Misérables , West Side Story (Maria), My Fair Lady (Eliza), Scrooge (Isabel/ Helen), two concert productions of Follies (Young Heidi, Young Sally) and the lead in Sondheim’s You’re Gonna Love Tomorrow at Sydney Opera House. Maree’s U.S. credits include Zorba (The Widow), Passion (Fosca, Barrymore Award nomination) and Myths & Hymns (Emily). As always, love and thanks to Jason, Audra and Helena. www.mareejonhnson.com
Heralded by The New York Times as an “ardent tenor,” Carlton Moe debuted at Carnegie Hall as a soloist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He has performed with such organizations as the Oregon Symphony, Walla Walla Symphony, Aspen Music Festival, Savannah Voice Festival, Opera in Williamsburg, Charlottesville Symphony, and the Martina Arroyo Foundation. He holds a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where he attended on a full scholarship. All my love to Alison.
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SARA ESTY she/her/hers ( Meg Giry ) is a former soloist with the Miami City Ballet, and Princess Grace Award recipient for dance. Select theater: An American in Paris (Lise Dassin, Broadway/first national tour), Hoagy Carmichael’s Stardust Road (Clara, The York Theatre Co.), Brigadoon (Jean, NYCC Encores!), A Chorus Line (Maggie, Encores!; Cassie, Cape Playhouse), Alien/Nation (Williamstown Theatre Festival, Forest of Arden Co. Member). Film/TV: West Side Story (dir. Steven Spielberg), “Fosse/Verdon,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” Love and thanks to BRS/Gage and my family! @estygrl
GISELLE O. ALVAREZ
Broadway debut! New York: Brigadoon (NYCC Encores!) Regional: Maria in Jerome Robbins’ Broadway (TUTS). Concert Dance: CityDance Ensemble, the Washington Ballet, Miami City Ballet. Proud National YoungArts Foundation Alumna. Passionately committed to advocating for a world free of Multiple S clerosis. Endless love to the Alvari for their unconditional support. Passionately committed to advocating for a world free of Multiple Sclerosis. Endless love to Alexander and the Alvari.
Production dance supervisor/dance captain/ballet swing.
Polly recently appeared in the new Susan Stroman musical, Marie , at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre. She has toured the country with An American in Paris and Phantom . She is beyond thankful to have been a part of the Phantom Phamily for so many years! Endless thanks to Denny and Seth, as well as her amazing family.
Innkeeper’s wife (“don juan triumphant”).
Broadway: Baz Luhrmann’s La Bohème on Broadway (Mimí). Principal artist at the Metropolitan Opera, Theatre du Châtèlet Paris, Teatro Dell’Opera di Roma, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Den Norske Opera. TV: “FBI” (guest star). Film: Spike Lee’s Red Hook Summer (featured). Debut album: Love the Color of Your Butterfly available at janinahburnett.com
Broadway debut! Xiaoxiao was born in China. She danced with Guangzhou Ballet as a soloist in China after her graduation from Guangzhou Art School. In 2012, She moved to the U.S. and joined the Suzanne Farrell Ballet. She’s a dancewear designer as well, her line is called Xiaoxiao Designs (@xiaoxiaodesigns)
KANISHA MARIE FELICIANO
Page (“don juan triumphant”).
Kanisha Marie Feliciano ( Page ). Broadway debut: Flying Over Sunset . Credits: Abduction of the Seraglio , Little Women , Dinner at Eight , Don Pasquale , The Ballad of Baby Doe . MM, U of Houston. BM, Westminster Choir College. Love to Nova Thomas and Tom Jaber for helping me find my voice, and to friends and family for unwavering support.
DAVID MICHAEL GARRY
Joseph buquet/don attilio (“il muto”).
Broadway/national tour: Evita, Carousel , A Bronx Tale , The Last Ship , The Phantom of the Opera , Sweeney Todd , Company . Regional theaters credits include: The Kennedy Center, Cincinnati Playhouse, Arkansas Rep, Paper Mill Playhouse and more. TV/Film: “Prodigal Son,” “Jessica Jones,” “Elementary,” “Person of Interest,” “Flesh & Bone,” “Unforgettable.”
Chris proudly made his Broadway debut with Phantom in March 2018! Two-time Rutgers University graduate (BMus and MMus). Host of the Georgetti on Ice! podcast. Represented by CPM Talent Management. All my love to my wife Amanda, my angel of music. chrisgeorgetti.com
KELLY JEANNE GRANT
Broadway: Company (Kathy), 2007 Tony Award, revival. National tours: The Phantom of the Opera (Christine alternate), Show Boat (Magnolia u/s), Secret Garden (Rose u/s). Regional: Cabaret (Sally), Jekyll & Hyde (Lucy), South Pacific (Nellie). TV/Film “Blacklist” (NBC), “Crashing” (HBO), “That D#$n Michael Che” (HBO Max). Thanks Tom, Parents, Barry and daughter Navia!
Wardrobe mistress/confidante (“il muto”).
Credits include Film: Knock at the Cabin . TV: “Law & Order: Organized Crime” (guest star), “Servant,” “Mare of Easttown,” “FBI: Most Wanted.” Theater: The Lodger (Northern Stage), Legacy of the Tiger Mother (Best of SF Fringe). Commercial: Bank of America, IBM, Smartwater. Podcast: I Heart Geek . AEA, SAG-AFTRA. @satomihofmann www.satomihofmann.com
Broadway debut! Originally from Ehime, Japan, she’s performed with the International Tour of The Phantom of the Opera and The MET Opera. Endless thanks to Denny and the Phantom family. Love and big hugs to Vinny, as well as her family and friends! ayakakamei.com
Jeweler (“Il Muto”)
Broadway: Sweeney Todd , Camelot , Cyrano – The Musical , Phantom. National Tours: Camelot , Phantom. Orchestral soloist: Detroit, Syracuse, Charleston WV, Portland, Pittsburgh, Ottawa, Baltimore, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Edmonton, Fort Worth Symphonies, Dayton Philharmonic, National Symphony. Ted’s solo CD available on iTunes. Proud member of Actors Equity Association for 32 years. Visit: TedKeegan.com
Kfir began his dance career in Israel, where he was born and raised. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Dance and Principal dancer with the Alabama Ballet, Kfir is also a pop singer/songwriter whose latest single is featured on MTV Europe. For more Kfir music visit www.Kfir.com .
Broadway debut! Tour: Fame (Iris Kelly). Regional: West Side Story , An American in Paris , Singin’ in the Rain . Endless gratitude to Polly and Denny. I love this show and can’t wait to share the magic with our audiences. To Mom, Dad and Kathleen, thanks for believing in me! To God be the glory!
RICHARD POOLE ( Monsieur Lefèvre/Firechief ). Broadway and national touring credits include Cats (Gus/Growltiger), Les Miz (Valjean), Evita (Che), Joseph… (Joseph standby), Mame (with Angela Lansbury) and Dreamgirls (original production). Other productions include the European tours of Ken Hill’s The Phantom of the Opera (Phantom) and Hair (Claude). Winner, Bay Area Theatre Critics’ Circle Award for Assassins (Booth).
Raoul and Phantom in three other versions. Tours: Hal Prince’s Show Boat, Into the Woods, Martin Guerre . Regional: She Loves Me, Company, A Christmas Carol (Goodman), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Steppenwolf), Lend Me a Tenor , Crazy for You . Director: Into the Woods . Northwestern graduate. Love to Hannah and Lily.
Broadway: The Woman in White. Off-Broadway: After the Ball (Irish Rep). Tours: Phantom (Raoul), Big (Josh). Las Vegas: Phantom . Regional: Evita (Che), Jesus Christ Superstar (Jesus), Miss Saigon (Chris), Aida (Radames), Sweeney Todd (Anthony), Chess (Freddie). Love and thanks to my family, Bridget and Connor. Woo Doggies!
Broadway/National Tours: Christine in Phantom (Broadway’s 10,000th performance), Carlotta in Cameron Macintosh’s Spectacular New Phantom tour, The Bridges of Madison County (Francesca understudy), White Christmas (Betty Haynes). Regional: Cleveland Playhouse, Denver Center, Riverside Theatre, Arkansas Rep, Bay Street Theatre. Alum: Baldwin-Wallace University. Love to her family and to Stephen.
Originally from Vancouver, Justin has performed at the Met Opera, the Tony Awards, the Kennedy Center and in various film and TV productions. Broadway: Movin’ Out (Swing), Come Fly Away (original cast, Dance Captain, Hank). Companies: Alberta Ballet, Ballet British Columbia, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet. Love to Grandma Lil, Button and Kristina.
Christine Daaé over 3,000 performances (Broadway, world/national tours), Cats (Hamburg), The Secret Garden (JOB), My Fair Lady (Media), concerts. Director/Dramaturg: Steel Magnolias (Seton Hall), Trouble in Tahiti/Filthy Habit (LOON), Adding Machine (B-Side), Belleville (Brooklyn College). Producer: FEAR (Off-Broadway). Faculty @iamusicaltheatre. Story Analyst, Amazon Studios. @marnisee
Broadway debut. Off-Broadway: Carmen Jones (Cindy Lou, AUDELCO nomination, Best Featured Actress in a Musical); Brigadoon , New Yorkers , Gentlemen Prefer Blondes , Lost in the Stars (Encores!); Radio City . National tours: The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess , Memphis, After Midnight . For our Angel of Music, Quentin Oliver Lee.
Honored to be back at the beloved Majestic with you all! Native of Oakland, CA. Boston Conservatory of Music alumnus. Credits include Broadway/National tour: Leonard Bernstein’s MASS (Carnegie Hall), Phantom , Martin Guerre (U.S. premiere), Carousel , Cats (Grizabella) and 42nd Street . Love to Bennett and Cameron. www.janetsaia.com
PAUL ADAM SCHAEFER
PAUL ADAM SCHAEFER ( Marksman ) is so grateful to be performing in Phantom . Stage work: …Millie (first national, regionally), Company (Barrington), High Society (Walnut Street), …Albertine (Playwrights Horizons), Giant (Playwrights VA), Fantasticks (Maine State). TV: “FBI,” “Blacklist,” “Ways and Means,” “Baker and the Beauty,” “Law & Order,” “Guiding Light.” Many thanks to CPM and Clear.
CARLY BLAKE SEBOUHIAN
NYC credits include Fiorello! and Brigadoon at City Center Encores!, as well as the original workshop of An American in Paris . Regional: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Fiddler on the Roof, The Nutty Professor, Sweet Charity, Mary Poppins . Film/TV: “The Punisher” (Netflix), “For Life” (ABC), Equal Standard .
Passarino (“don juan triumphant”).
Theater: Beauty and the Beast (Gaston), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Trevor), The Scarlet Pimpernel (Percy), Carousel (Billy), Camelot (Lionel), Jekyll & Hyde (Jekyll). TV: “As The World Turns” (Patrick), “Guiding Light” (Marco), “All My Children,” “Rescue Me.” Thanks to The Mine. Love to my beautiful wife and family.
Phantom national tour; The Fall of Zalam (Shapeshifter Lab); Hello My Baby! , Half a Sixpence (Goodspeed); The Foreigner (Maltz Jupiter); Cabaret (Pittsburgh Public). TV/Film: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “Breaking Bad,” “Vinyl,” “FBI,” “The Blacklist: Redemption,” “Odd Mom Out,” “Flesh & Bone,” “Royal Pains,” “The Carrie Diaries,” The Tell-Tale Heart , Death in Love .
Tug is always thrilled to be back at Phantom. Broadway and tours include Cats , Chicago and Evita . TV: “Law & Order: SVU.” MFA San Diego State University, BFA Syracuse University. Son of Drew and Becky, he hopes you enjoy the show. Stay well!
Monsieur reyer/hairdresser (“il muto”).
JIM WEITZER ( Monsieur Reyer/Hairdresser ). Broadway: The Phantom of the Opera (Raoul; Andre, 25 th Anniversary cast), Little Women (John Brooke, original cast album). National tour: My Fair Lady (Freddie). Regional: The Rivals (Faulkland), Cabaret (Cliff), Anything Goes (Billy Crocker), Forever Plaid (Smudge), Passion (Giorgio). Jim is a mental health clinician (MHC-LP) currently taking new clients who live in New York State. www.freshpathny.com/staff/jim-weitzer
Christine Daaé in the German company of The Phantom of the Opera . She also covered Christine on the national tour. Regional: Les Misérables , The Taffetas , Beauty and the Beast , West Side Story . Opera: Le Nozze di Figaro , Les Contes d’Hoffmann , L’Elisir d’Amore . Love to my angel.
Broadway: M. Butterfly , The King and I. National tour: An American in Paris . Regional: Brigadoon (Maggie), Jerome Robbins’ Broadway (Eliza), In Your Arms (White Snake). Television: “NCIS: Hawaii.” Ballet Companies: Milwaukee Ballet, Ballet Theatre of Maryland. Much aloha to my family, John, Patty, Jamie and Nick. www.ericawong.co, @ericawong.co
The Phantom of the Opera: Michele McConnell plays Carlotta
Michele McConnell assumes role of 'Carlotta,' on 11 Dec 2011 in Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera ; the longest-running show in Broadway history. McConnel assumes the role from Liz McCartney who played her final performance on 9 Jul 2011.
Michele McConnell made her Broadway debut in the Ensemble of The Phantom of the Opera . Her credits include the national tour of 'Camelot' starring Robert Goulet; 'Mabel' in 'The Pirates of Penzance' and 'Josephine' in 'HMS Pinafore' (both at City Center); 'Beauty and the Beast' in both Montreal and Las Vegas; as well as appearances with DiCapo Opera, Mobile Opera, Missouri Symphony and Skyline Theatre Company.
McConnell is the fourteenth actress to have been cast as Carlotta in New York (not including understudies). She follows, in order and excluding return engagements: Judy Kaye, Marilyn Caskey, Elena Jeanne Batman, Geena Jeffries, Patricia Hurd, Kelly Ellenwood, Leigh Munro, Liz McCartney, Rebecca Eichenberger, Patricia Phillips, Julie Schmidt, Anne Runolfsson and Kim Stengel.
The Phantom of the Opera now stars Hugh Panaro (The Phantom), Sara Jean Ford (Christine Daae - played by Marni Raab at some performances), Kyle Barisich (Raoul, Vicomte de Chagn), George Lee Andrews (Monsieur Andre), David Cryer (Monsieur Firmin), Michele McConnell (Carlotta Giudicelli), Marilyn Caskey (Madame Giry), Evan Harrington (Ubaldo Piangi), Jessica Bishop (Meg Gir).
The most successful stage musical of all time, the Cameron Mackintosh/Really Useful Group, Inc. production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera , directed by Harold Prince, celebrated its 9000th performance on Broadway on 17 Sep 2009 and its 22nd anniversary on 26 Jan 2010.
In addition to its longevity records, The Phantom of the Opera is also the most successful stage musical of all time, with worldwide grosses to date estimated in excess of $5 billion. The winner of seven 1988 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, the New York production has played over 9,300 performances, been seen by nearly 14 million people and grossed over $780 million.
Worldwide, over 65,000 performances of The Phantom of the Opera have been seen by 100 million people in 27 countries and 144 cities. There are currently seven productions around the world: London, New York, Budapest (Hungary), Nagoya (Japan), Seoul (Korea), the U.S. National Tour (which concludes its run in November 2010) and a revised production in Las Vegas at The Venetian. The original cast-recording, with over 40 million copies sold worldwide, is the best-selling cast recording of all time.
The Phantom of the Opera opened at the Majestic on 26 Jan 1988, following previews from 9 Jan, and went on to sweep the 1988 Tony Awards, winning seven, including Best Musical.
Based on the classic novel Le Fantôme de L'Opéra by Gaston Leroux, The Phantom of the Opera tells the story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, exercising a reign of terror over all who inhabit it. He falls madly in love with an innocent young soprano, Christine, and devotes himself to creating a new star by nurturing her extraordinary talents and by employing all of the devious methods at his command.
The Phantom of the Opera has music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and is directed by Harold Prince. Lyrics are by Charles Hart (with additional lyrics by Richard Stilgoe) and the book is by Richard Stilgoe and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
The show's roduction design is by the late Maria Björnson, with lighting by Andrew Bridge and sound by Martin Levan. Musical staging and choreography is by Gillian Lynne. Orchestrations are by David Cullen and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
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Wendy Ferguson on Carlotta
02 Aug 2011
Last year, you returned to the role of Carlotta, after playing her previously. What is it like to return to Her Majesty’s?
I suppose coming back to Her Majesty’s is a bit like coming back to a little family. I first joined the cast in 2002 and stayed until 2008. So I had a 2-year break, and came back last September. People ask if it feels like I’ve never been away but time passes, we all change a little bit, and so do our performances, hopefully! It’s great being back, I feel very lucky to have been invited back to the cast.
You were in the cast when the new digital sound system was fitted. Have you noticed the difference?
I was lucky enough to be here when the new sound system was being installed into the theatre so I was here for the whole process of the changeover – that was very exciting at the time because it just opened up a whole new world in the auditorium, getting the surround sound, we used to sneak out and watch some of the Phantom bits during rehearsals which was amazing. It’s made a big difference to the show, I think.
Has your portrayal of Carlotta changed over the years?
I played the role for a few years, and to be back now again – to find a truth behind the character it has to change a little bit, so every day is different. We like to say no two shows are the same, so what was my truth last year is a bit different to this year. What you go through in life alters your performance as well.
How do you warm up before a show and how do you wind down afterwards?
I think everyone in the show has their own set routines. My routine is that I come into the theatre quite early – I’m usually in about 2 hours before the show starts. I go to one of the pianos in the building and have a 20-minute vocal warm-up, then I like to come back to my room, watch some TV and eat my dinner, relax – that’s what works best for me. Just knowing I’m in the theatre and can relax is good for me. And afterwards – I definitely can’t go home and just go straight to sleep, I like to stay awake. I think working late nights suits me – it’s just impossible to go home and sleep with all the adrenaline pumping round. That’s how I do it anyway – I think everyone is different, but I like to just be here and get myself in character.
What’s your favourite part of the show?
My favourite part of the show that I’m not involved in is the moment that the audience are suddenly backstage at the show. It is just beautiful, when you’ve got the end of the gala and Christine and Meg going into the dressing room with the Degas scene in the background – it is just breathtaking. I adore watching it, seeing the ballet girls and how their lives continue after the performance, how they’re supposedly there till midnight still practising. Between the music and the design and the dance it’s just stunning. I can’t even pick a favourite bit for the part I play – all the scenes are quite special. I enjoy my part, that’s the main thing!
Do you like Carlotta?
I love Carlotta. Carlotta’s fantastic! There’s so much more to her than just a funny lady who comes in in fabulous costumes – there’s a real story that she tells and I think that’s what makes her so special. She has her own crisis; she has her own journey and a path that follows. What makes it so interesting is I’m there as the fallout from the love triangle and you see how that resonates through all the other characters. I think she’s fabulous.
If you could ask the original creative team one question, what would it be?
I don’t think there is a question I would ask because I’ve asked everything! I’ve been really lucky while I’ve been in this building that I’ve had the chance to work with Hal Prince and Gillian Lynne… spending time in their rehearsals is just breathtaking. They are filled with so much passion, they impart all their knowledge – it’s interesting being in this show, a long-running show obviously changes and develops and they develop with it, so I’ve asked a lot of my questions.
Have you ever had any scary moments in the show?
I have scary moments in the show practically every night; I think that’s the joy. The scariest moment for me is standing behind the cloth as the Overture is playing and I have to go out and sing the Cadenza, that is a little moment when I always get butterflies – so every night is a scary night for me.
How would you describe Phantom to someone who hasn’t seen the show?
I think first and foremost, I would tell them that it is the most beautiful love story. There’s not enough romance in the world and this show really pulls at your heart strings. Secondly, the music in this show is just stunning, there’s not a tune that doesn’t resonate with you, and there’s so many hit songs that you don’t think you know but you do know. I grew up with [Andrew’s music] in the 80’s, and I think it’s beautiful. The look of the show is stunning, like the dancing – as someone who is not a dancer by any means – watching these girls and boys, what they do on the stage is beautiful. And the costumes – don’t even start me on the costumes! And the swags, and the curtains, and the design… so basically, if you haven’t seen Phantom , go!
My costumes are both a blessing and a curse. They are stunning – I’m so fortunate. Never again will I get to wear a costume like the ones I wear in this show. Before I started rehearsals when I re-joined the cast last year, I came in a couple of months early and started my wardrobe fittings. The detail that goes into them is phenomenal, when I was getting my costumes made this time we had Maria Bjornson’s designs and they had a lot of the old costumes that the makers were checking against. Our Wardrobe Mistress just found the most beautiful materials this year. But to say that they’re difficult to wear is putting it mildly. My Hannibal dress, when I make my first entrance – well, the skirt itself weighs about 4 stone, and then you’re corseted on top of that so every move you make on the stage is dictated by what you’re wearing. It takes quite a while to learn how to walk in the costumes, to learn how to hold yourself, to not get them in anyone else’s way. There’s an awful lot of things that can go wrong with my costumes and many of them have gone wrong if truth be told, but we just get on with it and try not to get too many rips as the show goes on…
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PRINCIPAL AND FEATURED CHARACTERS
Christine Daaé , a chorus girl The Phantom , a composer and magician known as the Opera Ghost Raoul, Vicomte de Chagny , patron of the Opera, childhood sweetheart of Christine Monsieur Firmin , co-manager of the Opera Monsieur André , co-manager of the Opera Carlotta Giudicelli , the Prima Donna of the Opera Madame Giry , the ballet Mistress Ubaldo Piangi , leading tenor of the Opera, Carlottas husband Monsieur Reyer , the chief répétiteur/director of the Paris Opera Meg Giry , Madame Giry’s daughter, member of the ballet chorus, Christine’s best friend
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Monsieur Lefèvre , the previous owner of the Opera Joseph Buquet , chief stagehand of the Opera Madame Firmin Auctioneer Porter/Marksman/Fop (in Il Muto ) Don Attilo (in Il Muto )/Passarino Slave Master (in Hannibal ) Flunky/Stagehand Policeman Page 1 & 2 (in Don Juan Triumphant ) Porter/Chief Fire Officer Wardrobe Mistress/ Confidante (in Il Muto ) Princess (in Hannibal ) Innkeepers Wife (in Don Juan Triumphant ) Two Fire Marshals Two Epicene Men (a hairdresser and Jeweler) Ensemble: The Ballet Chorus of the Opera, Stagehands, Policemen, Attendants
The original Broadway cast doubling is indicated, but these parts may be split among the ensemble.
The Phantom —High Baritone with a full-voice range of at least two octaves Christine Daae —Soprano with a G (below middle C) and a top E Raoul, Vicomte de Chagny —Light Baritone Monsieur Firmin —Baritone Monsieur André —High Baritone Carlotta —Coloratura Soprano Madame Giry —Mezzo Soprano Meg Giry —Strong singing voice Ubaldo Piangi —Tenor Male Dancer—Slave Master —Little to none—strong dancing role Female Corps de Ballet —Little to none—strong dancing role