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The Toronto Star, October 31, 2002

John Terauds, What’s On Editor

The Toronto Star, October 31, 2002 - John Terauds, What's On Editor

photo by Richard Lautens
Designers:  Dora Rust-D’Eye & Gerrard Gauci 

“… their productions are always a visual treat, thanks to the work of set designer Gerard Gauci and costume designer Dora Rust-D’Eye.”

“Gauci… ‘at this stage of the game, we can create very freely… I’ll go away and create designs that are in that spirit but are all original designs.’ … Gauci, who is an associate at the Ontario College of Art and Design and an established visual artist in his own right, pulls out detailed sketch-size paintings of each scenic backdrop and points to the influence of Roman design, while also making historical references to the original Baroque sets.”

Gauci has worked with the same painters for several years. “I have to pander to them,” he says. “They’re such fine painters that I have nightmares of them deciding to do something else with their lives. I now know that they can reproduce my designs exactly to the scale I want. And for this to happen, I need to give them four months.”

The Toronto Star, October 21, 2001
Susan Walker, Entertainment Reporter
 
The Toronto Star, October 21, 2001 - Susan Walker, Entertainment Reporter

 “… the company commissioned Toronto artist Gerrard Gauci to create a new set for The Magic Flute. Gauci’s elaborate creations include the three temples, some fine examples of chinoiserie, a flying gondola, a pagoda for the Queen of the Night and, for the final scene, a gigantic eye of Osiris, a reference to the elements of freemasonry that occur throughout the opera.”

 
The Toronto Sun, October 21, 2001
photo by Hugh Wesley
 
The Toronto Sun, October 21, 2001 - photo by Hugh Wesley
 
The Globe and Mail, October 26, 2000
Paula Citron, Toronto
 
The Globe and Mail, October 26, 2000 - Paula Citron, Toronto
 
photo by Bruce Zinger
Opera Atelier:  Persee (Tessier & Chioldi)

the first fully realized production of the opera in more than 200 years… it’s the sheer beauty as well as the quality of these works that make them so attractive… a truly breathtaking art form because it fuses music, text, dance and design into a magnificent spectacle.” (Herve Niquet; Jeannette Zing)

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