The Canadian Opera Company is inviting the public to participate in their first-ever Virtual Choir.
Led by Sandra Horst (COC Chorus), singers of all ages and abilities will be guided through an online performance of the “Anvil Chorus” from Verdi’s Il Trovatore.
“Verdi’s Anvil Chorus is a perfect choice for a wide range of voices and experience levels to sing together,” said Horst. “We are trying to create an engaging way to involve people and give them the opportunity to really let loose and have fun at a time when many of us need an uplifting sense of community […] Let’s have some fun making music together!”
Singers will receive video tutorials as well as a backing track featuring COC Ensemble Studio soprano Anna-Sophie Neher, bass-baritone Joel Allison, and pianist/intern coach Rachael Kerr. A compilation version to be later shared online. No previous musical experience is required, and participants are encouraged to be as creative as they like in recording their submissions.
“We’re looking forward to seeing everyone once again, virtually, and having this unique opportunity to connect, while physically apart,” said COC General Director Alexander Neef. “We know that our audiences and local communities have missed being able to take part in the many music workshops we typically host throughout the year, including our popular Chorus Sing-Along event.”
The submission deadline is May 30, 2020.
To register, visit coc.ca/VirtualChoir.