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The Crown: The Official Podcast is the exclusive companion podcast to accompany the Netflix Original Series The Crown. Hosted by Edith Bowman, the podcast follows the show episode by episode, diving deep into the stories and taking listeners behind the scenes with insights from many of the people involved in making the show. The Crown returns for season 6 on November 16th and The Crown: The Official Podcast is back to follow the show episode by episode, diving deep into the stories and speak ...
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Canadian soprano Simone Osborne graces the Opera Glasses podcast - currently starring in Calgary Opera’s The Elixir of Love, Feb 3 - 9, 2024. We talk about how she expertly balances career and family life. Simone offers a rare glimpse into her craft and the supportive network that helps her excel both on stage and at home. After Calgary, she will b…
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In this episode, I, Elizabeth Bowman, am joined by the insightful Michael Zarathus-Cook, Managing Editor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Chief Editor of Cannopy Magazine. We're peeling back the curtain on the Emerging Arts Writer Program at the Banff Centre (part of Joel Ivany's Chamber Music and Opera program), revealing the nuts and bolts o…
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After thirty years together, Charles decides the time has come to propose to Camilla but can’t do so without his mother’s permission. The Queen seeks the approval of the church, state, and Charles’s sons before giving her sign off to the marriage but having been unsettled by discussions surrounding her own funeral planning, the Queen starts to cons…
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In the aftermath of Princess Margaret’s death, the Queen approaches her Golden Jubilee with more trepidation than ever before. With her mother’s health in decline, she finds herself vulnerable to the attacks of Mohamed Al Fayed who pursues a high-profile campaign to prove responsibility for Diana’s death lies with the Royal Family. Meanwhile, betwe…
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Whilst holidaying in Mustique, Princess Margaret suffers a stroke and is suddenly forced to reassess her lifestyle. Margaret is keen to recover in anticipation of her seventieth birthday, but the Queen remains concerned that her party-loving sister will not be able to kick the habits of a lifetime in order to heal. As Margaret’s health continues to…
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As Prince William takes up his place at St Andrews University to study art history, after a gap year in Africa and South and Central America, he struggles to balance the traditional undergraduate rites of passage with the constraints of his position and constant presence of personal protection officers. His perseverance is tested when he develops a…
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Two years into his premiership, Tony Blair continues to ride a wave of unprecedented popularity. This unnerves the Queen who worries that the Royal Family’s own popularity does not match up. When she commissions a wide-ranging poll, the results are sobering, leading the Queen to reflect on what she - and the Palace - could be doing differently. Aft…
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Still coming to terms with his mother’s death, Prince William resumes school at Eton just three days after her funeral. He wants things to return to normal as quickly as possible - but rapidly discovers his life has changed in more ways than one. Among the letters of sympathy arriving by the sackload from members of the public are adoring letters f…
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After the news breaks of Diana and Dodi’s fatal car accident, Charles and Fayed fly separately to Paris to supervise arrangements. The tragedy generates a vast outpouring of public grief, which catches the Queen off-guard. While she remains at Balmoral, popular anger builds about her absence from London and the perceived callousness of the Royal Fa…
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Diana holidays on the Fayed yacht with Dodi once more, but with Dodi drained by a bitter lawsuit lodged by his former fiancée, the novelty is starting to wear off for Diana whose thoughts turn towards reuniting with William and Harry upon her return to London. A fateful diversion to Paris sees matters come to a head - against the backdrop of an int…
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Diana’s blossoming romance with Dodi sees them return to the south of France, getting to know each other on an idyllic cruise away from prying eyes. Or so they think. Soon, an intimate image of the couple becomes a global tabloid sensation, threatening to derail Diana’s planned trip to Bosnia as part of her campaign against landmines. In Balmoral, …
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As Princess Diana and the boys set off for St Tropez for a holiday courtesy of Mohamed Al Fayed, Prince Charles plans a glittering fiftieth birthday party at Highgrove that he hopes the Queen will attend. Fayed, too, is in strategizing mode. Unbeknownst to Diana, he hopes to engineer a romance between the Princess and his son, Dodi. But with a smal…
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Before Season 6 of The Crown drops on Netflix November 16th, join Edith Bowman to catch up on story so far. This special pre-season episode of The Crown: The Official Podcast guides you through the key moments in the journey of Queen Elizabeth and her family, from Season 1 to Season 5, as we await the final ever season of The Crown. And of course, …
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Experience a journey into the world of opera with special guest, Timothy Myers, one of America's most innovative conductors. Recently appointed as Music Director at the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra, Myers—who also holds the Music Directorship at Austin Opera—lends his unique insights into the changing landscape of opera and its audience in the po…
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Italian-Canadian soprano and Principal at Cesaroni Consulting, Lucia Cesaroni, is a regular contributor to Opera Canada's print publications. She writes the Stage Business and Essential Perspectives columns. The Opera Glasses host, Elizabeth Bowman, chats with Cesaroni about the state of the opera business, more specifically what audiences want, mu…
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On July 12, Lebanese-Canadian soprano Joyce El-Khoury will be making her professional stage debut in the title role of Carmen at Oper im Steinbruch (more information here). She talks about taking on new roles, the importance of fine tuning your technique, and has great advice for emerging singers coming up in this business. Born in Lebanon and rais…
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Canadian bass-baritone joins Elizabeth Bowman to talk about the wholehearted reimagining of one of the greatest operas of the 20th century: Béla Bartók's Bluebeard’s Castle. Against the Grain Theatre will present this work March 29-April 1 at Harbourfront's Fleck Dance Theatre in Toronto. This radical retelling, originally produced by the ground-br…
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Guests: Ian Cusson, Composer; Kanika Ambrose, Librettist; Jorell Williams, Baritone We talk about the upcoming WORLD PREMIERE of the Tapestry Opera/Obsidian Theatre Group production of OF THE SEA (opens MARCH 25-APRIL 1, 2023). The work is a powerful new opera flowing with hope and heartbreak, written by Kanika Ambrose, composed by Ian Cusson—both …
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A west coaster living in Toronto, Stephen Bell works as a director of photography and lead UX/UI designer for the media design company Coffeeshop Film & Creative. His passion for all things digital has led Coffeeshop Film & Creative to be recognized as one of Toronto’s leading media studios for arts and design. From full length features and music v…
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Joel Ivany, a Canadian director and Artistic Director of Against the Grain Theatre and Edmonton Opera AND Program Director for Opera at the Banff Centre, joins Elizabeth Bowman in a conversation about the opera industry right now, reviews, where we're headed, and more. All episodes of The Opera Glasses podcast are hosted by Opera Canada Editor-In-C…
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Karen Stone has retired from the Aalto Theater Essen after 23 years of opera prompting - a job that many opera fans might not know exists. An opera prompter is key to the success of any performance. Stone is a Canadian flute player with a McGill education, and an affinity for languages. This episode is for all who are interested in opera—both those…
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In the run up to the general election of 1997, New Labour - under the leadership of Tony Blair - are way ahead in the polls. But Blair's modernising ideas include getting rid of the Royal Yacht, Britannia - a vessel very close to the Queen's heart. When Blair wins with a landslide, it becomes clear Britannia is to be decommissioned which devastates…
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As a consequence of the Panorama interview, the Queen writes to both Prince Charles and Princess Diana requesting that they divorce as swiftly as possible. The ensuing divorce process becomes quite heated and so the Queen asks the Prime Minister, John Major, to act as an intermediary between the two warring parties. But when Prince Charles employs …
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An internecine conflict at the heart of the BBC between its Chairman and Director General provides the modernising DG, John Birt, with the ammunition he needs to sign off on Bashir's Panorama interview with Princess Diana. With Prince William settling in at Eton, he and the Queen start to have regular 'teas' together and the Queen realises William …
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Newly separated and with Prince William now gone to Eton, Diana feels lonely and stuck in no man's land between marriage and divorce. Increasingly paranoid that Prince Charles's team is briefing against her, she is susceptible to the manoeuvres of BBC journalist, Martin Bashir, who wants to land an interview with the Princess for the Panorama progr…
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After the fall of communism and the collapse of the USSR, the new President of Russia, Boris Yeltsin, comes to Britain on an official visit. During his lunch at Buckingham Palace, the Queen brings up the uncomfortable topic of the slaughter of the Russian royal family in 1918 and the fact the location of their remains is still a great mystery. Yelt…
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Newly separated, Prince Charles has a new lease of life and really starts to prove himself worthy of the title King-in-waiting. However, when a recording of an intimate phone call between him and Camilla is leaked to the press, his reputation lies in tatters. But far from destroying him, it further motivates him to distance himself from the traditi…
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In a speech celebrating her 40th year on the throne at the end of 1992, the Queen recounts that her year has been an 'Annus Horribilis', an accurate description for the year in which she saw three of her four children separate or divorce and Windsor Castle suffer a devastating fire. But her more private pain is the accusation by her sister that she…
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From his early childhood in Alexandria, through the building of his multi-million pound global empire, Mohamed Al Fayed had an unwavering fascination with the British Royal Family culminating in his purchase of the former home of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor in Paris. After extending an invitation to the Queen to visit the refurbished 'Villa Win…
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After the death of her young daughter to cancer, Penny Knatchbull is encouraged by the Duke of Edinburgh to take up carriage driving as a way of coping with her grief. At the same time, Princess Diana is dealing with her own kind of grief - being trapped in a loveless marriage - and so when approached via an intermediary to cooperate with journalis…
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As the Prince and Princess of Wales depart on their 'second honeymoon' in an effort by Charles's team to convince the public that their marriage is back on track, the Queen and Prince Philip set sail from Portsmouth on the annual Western Isles tour aboard Britannia. But when the Sunday Times publishes a poll saying the public would favour the Queen…
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A special episode dedicated to the winner of the Canadian Opera Company Centre Stage Competition for Emerging Artists. Polish-Canadian soprano Karoline Podolak won singing Violetta's famous aria "Sempre libre" from Verdi's La traviata. She also took home the Audience Choice Award. In this episode Podolak talks about how she prepares for a competiti…
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Catherine Pisaroni, Founder, Principal and Art Director of Lenny's Studio—a design, PR, and digital marketing firm specializing in opera and classical music clients—is our guest on today's show. We talk about the art of ENGAGEMENT in opera—how we can bring more people into the world of opera, where to focus our efforts and what we would like to see…
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The Crown returns for season 5 on November 9th and The Crown: The Official Podcast is back to follow the show episode by episode, diving deep into the stories and speaking with many of the talented people involved. Host Edith Bowman takes you behind the scenes in conversation with the likes of Show Creator Peter Morgan and new cast members Imelda S…
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Join us as we welcome our new host Myles for the second season of Live, Love, Laugh. In todays episode we meet Ms. Katrina Gibson, author, boxer and activist and for our theatre corner, Ms. Erin Dearth of Spring Theater! Katrina Gibson Facebook Youtube Twitter Cashapp - @kboxing123 Spring Theater Facebook Instagram Youtube Support the show…
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Bonus Episode : Season 4 Cast and Creatives in Conversation. As we patiently await the next season of Netflix’s ‘The Crown’, host of The Crown: The Official Podcast Edith Bowman caught up with the cast and creatives to reflect on Season 4. Join Edith in conversation with show creator Peter Morgan as well as season 4 cast members Olivia Colman, Tobi…
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