August 8, 2010
This week-end I attended a chorus music preparation rehearsal for our upcoming production of Turandot. This opera is hugely challenging for the chorus as there is a great deal of music for them to learn. They are working extremely hard. I felt the rehearsal went well. Our Assistant Chorusmaster, Sara Brooks, was running the rehearsal. She has been with Opera Lyra Ottawa for one season now and she is a very welcome addition to our team. In addition to working with Opera Lyra Ottawa, Sara is the Director of Music at All Saints Anglican Church. She possesses a Masters of Music degree as well as an A.R.T.C. Diploma in piano performance. In addition to helping prepare the adult chorus, she is also in charge of preparing the children’s chorus of 16 young and energetic singers required for this opera.
Our readers may not realize that the chorus for Opera Lyra Ottawa is a volunteer group of enthusiastic singers from the National Capital Region. They put in many hours of hard work for each opera production and are recognized as one of the best amateur choirs in the country. We could not present operas in Ottawa without this group of dedicated volunteers.
Sara assists our Chorusmaster, Laurence Ewashko in preparing the chorus. Turandot is a wonderful opportunity for the chorus to shine. It is the first time this opera has been produced by Opera Lyra Ottawa in this our 26th season. If you have not yet bought your tickets, please contact our office at 613.233.9200 and ask for Laura. Performances are Sept. 11, 13, 15, & 18, 2010. You won’t want to miss this fabulous opera!