We are so fortunate to work with people who are wonderful and at the top of their game like Alex Kingcott of Shareworthy Content Lab. Alex(@AlexKGT) is always giving us the inside scoop and is our guest contributor for BOOM Goes Out: Martinis & Music by Calgary Opera. Take it away Alex!
Calgary Opera has had a big year (so far). Just a few weeks ago it was announced that Calgary Stampede would be partnering with Calgary Opera to reveal a new rehearsal/performance space on the Stampede Grounds. Plus, they have a huge season upcoming with Carmen this April.
Last week, they welcomed some Calgary Opera fans to their current home at the Arrata Opera Centre for a Martinis & Music: An evening with Rebecca Caine. If you don’t know Rebecca Caine, I instruct you to immediately leave this blog and google her. She created the role of “Cosette” in Les Miserables (which she lovingly referred to as the most hated soprano part in theatre) and was the replacement for Sarah Brightman in the original London cast of Phantom of the Opera. Her concert spanned centuries of west end divas and including all of Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera hits (unlike many other divas of her caliber, she freely performed the highlights of her incredible career and sounded better than ever!), but it was her stories that made the evening truly spectacular. From her strategies for making Michael Crawford feel taller to the feelings she felt seeing Andrew Lloyd Webber in the audience for the first preview of Les Miserables (which at the time ran 40 minutes longer than it does now – almost four hours). Seeing Rebecca was a rare delight. Following her performance I was overwhelmed, I did not know this would be a bucket list night until now!
Bravo to Calgary Opera for the style of this pop-up fundraiser: an inexpensive ticket, hosted in their home, with an intimate performance. It’s a concept that non-profit arts organizations should seriously consider; rather than one big event, host a series of smaller events throughout targeted to very specific audiences. Can’t wait to see who you present next! Ms.Caine will be a tough act to follow!
Find Rebecca Caine in this video following the opening night of Les Miserables in the West End: