Maritime Concert Opera Chorus

MCO Chorus in Carmen (2008)

The MCOC is a choral ensemble which participates in the work of the Maritime Concert Opera Society and has a darned good time doing it! Typically, the choir is an essential ingredient of a performance, whether of a full opera or operetta or of an evening of excerpts. In most cases, soloists will be professional singers, and the chorus also strives for a professional calibre of performance and presentation.

It is not necessary for all choristers to read music. The most important thing you can bring to the choir is enthusiasm, a love of music and a willingness to throw yourself, whole-heartedly, into some of the most glorious choruses ever written. That said, if you do read music and have experience in an opera chorus, you will be very welcome indeed!

MCO encourages all its musicians to develop and improve, and there are occasionally opportunities for choir members to sing solo parts in addition to their choral work. Belonging to the chorus will not disqualify you from solo roles in the future — quite the opposite!

Past concerts featuring the MCOC include Dido and Aeneas, An Evening with Gilbert and Sullivan, Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, La Boheme, Madama Butterfly, Tosca and Suor Angelica by Puccini, La Traviata by Verdi, Carmen by Bizet, The Merry Widow by Lehar. Reviewer Stephen Pedersen of the Halifax Herald praised the choir’s work in Cav as “well-trained and disciplined”.

MCO performs opera in concert, so there’s no staging. The chorus is on stage the entire time, and sits when it’s not involved in the “action”. Typically, the chorus will have costume pieces to suggest their characters. Scores are used.

The MCOC performs in the language the opera was written in, so you may be called upon to sing in Italian, French, German or English. Don’t panic — our members have found this to be fairly painless and even enjoyable!

All members of the Chorus are required to be members of MCO.

We rehearse in Lunenburg and perform, variously, in Liverpool, Lunenburg, Halifax and Shelburne, on occasion.

We are currently getting underway for winter 2011, and have a number of concerts for which we need the MCOC. These include Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors and Mozart’s The Magic Flute.

Our 2011-2012 season will include Amahl and the Night Visitors (January 2012) and Mozart’s The Magic Flute (June 2012).

Want to get involved? Great! Just give us a call and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have and/or sign you up. Phone Nina Scott-Stoddart at 634-9140 or email her at mco@ns.sympatico.ca