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Toronto Tenor Charles Sy Garners Win at COC's Annual Vocal CompetitionToronto Tenor Charles Sy Garners Win at COC's Annual Vocal Competition
by BWW News Desk - Nov 26, 2014

Toronto – Tenor Charles Sy of Toronto took home first prize and the Audience Choice Award at the Canadian Opera Company's Ensemble Studio Competition on November 25, 2014, at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. The competition is the feature event of the COC's annual fundraising gala, Centre Stage, an evening dedicated to the discovery and celebration of the next generation of opera stars. Sy was selected from seven finalists to receive the $5,000 award. Baritone Dimitri Katotakis of Toronto, won the second prize of $3,000,and tenor Aaron Sheppard of St. John's, N.L.., was awarded the third prize of $1,500. In addition, Sy was selected by the audience as the winner of the Audience Choice Award, worth $1,500. (more...)

The Canadian Opera Company Presents CENTRE STAGE: ENSEMBLE STUDIO COMPETITION GALA, 11/25The Canadian Opera Company Presents CENTRE STAGE: ENSEMBLE STUDIO COMPETITION GALA, 11/25
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2014

Out of a pool of 175 aspiring opera singers from across the country, theCanadian Opera Company has selectedseven to compete at Centre Stage: Ensemble Studio Competition Gala on November 25, 2014 at Toronto's Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. This year hosted by world renowned Canadian tenor Ben Heppner,Centre Stage is the COC's annual fundraising gala dedicated to the discovery and celebration of the next generation of opera stars. TheEnsemble Studio Competition is the gala's feature event and an exhilarating vocal showcase with the singers, selected from nationwide auditions for the COC Ensemble Studio – Canada's premier training program for young opera professionals – vying for cash prizes ranging in value from $1,500 to $5,000. (more...)

COC Vocal Showcase Competition Set for 11/25COC Vocal Showcase Competition Set for 11/25
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2014

Out of a pool of 175 aspiring opera singers from across the country, the Canadian Opera Company has selected seven to compete at Centre Stage: Ensemble Studio Competition Gala on November 25, 2014 at Toronto's Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. This year hosted by world renowned Canadian tenor Ben Heppner, Centre Stage is the COC's annual fundraising gala dedicated to the discovery and celebration of the next generation of opera stars. The Ensemble Studio Competition is the gala's feature event and an exhilarating vocal showcase with the singers, selected from nationwide auditions for the COC Ensemble Studio - Canada's premier training program for young opera professionals - vying for cash prizes ranging in value from $1,500 to $5,000. (more...)

The Canadian Opera Company Returns to the Brooklyn Academy of Music to Present SEMELE, 3/4-10The Canadian Opera Company Returns to the Brooklyn Academy of Music to Present SEMELE, 3/4-10
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2014

The Canadian Opera Company is proud to be invited to present the U.S. premiere of Zhang Huan's theatrically transcendent production of Handel's Semele at the world-renowned Brooklyn Academy of Music in March 2015. The COC's presentation of Semele at BAM is directed by Zhang with distinguished British conductor and Baroque opera expertChristopher Moulds leading the critically acclaimed COC Orchestra and COC Chorus.Semele is scheduled at the Howard Gilman Opera House (30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn, NY) for four performances only – March 4, 6, 8 and10, 2015. (more...)

COC to Bring SEMELE to Brooklyn Academy of MusicCOC to Bring SEMELE to Brooklyn Academy of Music
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2014

The Canadian Opera Company has been invited to present the U.S. premiere of Zhang Huan's theatrically transcendent production of Handel's Semele at the world-renowned Brooklyn Academy of Music in March 2015. The COC's presentation of Semele at BAM is directed by Zhang with distinguished British conductor and Baroque opera expert Christopher Moulds leading the critically acclaimed COC Orchestra and COC Chorus. Semele is scheduled at the Howard Gilman Opera House (30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn, NY) for four performances only – March 4, 6, 8 and 10, 2015. (more...)

Despite Financial Challenges, Canadian Opera Company Celebrates Artistic Triumphs and MoreDespite Financial Challenges, Canadian Opera Company Celebrates Artistic Triumphs and More
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2014

Toronto – Today at the Canadian Opera Company's Annual General Meeting, the company reported on its artistic highlights, impressive endowment growth, growing attendance and subscription figures, and a general financial overview of the 2013/2014 season. (more...)

Canadian Opera Company Season Marks High Attendance, Fundraising GrowthCanadian Opera Company Season Marks High Attendance, Fundraising Growth
by BWW News Desk - Oct 27, 2014

Today at the Canadian Opera Company's Annual General Meeting, the company reported on its artistic highlights, impressive endowment growth, growing attendance and subscription figures, and a general financial overview of the 2013/2014 season. (more...)

The Canadian Opera Company Presents MADAMA BUTTERFLY, 10/10-31The Canadian Opera Company Presents MADAMA BUTTERFLY, 10/10-31
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2014

The Canadian Opera Company's beloved production of Puccini's heartbreaking masterpiece of love, longing and loss, Madama Butterfly, comes to the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts this October. An exquisite production by Canadian theatrical legend Brian Macdonald, designed by Susan Benson with lighting by Michael Whitfield, the COC'sMadama Butterfly has become a Toronto favourite, playing to sold-out audiences at its 1990 premiere and subsequent revivals in 1994, 1998, 2003 and 2009. Madama Butterfly is sung in Italian with English SURTITLESTM and runs for 12 performances on October 10, 11, 15, 18, 19, 21, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30 and 31, 2014. (more...)

The Canadian Opera Company Presents Verdi's FALSTAFF, 10/3-11/1The Canadian Opera Company Presents Verdi's FALSTAFF, 10/3-11/1
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2014

The Canadian Opera Company's 2014/2015 season opens with an opera hailed as the crowning achievement of Verdi's career,Falstaff. This new company production is led by master director Canadian Robert Carsen and COC Music Director Johannes Debus with internationally acclaimed Canadian bass-baritoneGerald Finley making a long-awaited return to the COC in his role debut as the impoverished, loveable knight, Sir John Falstaff. Falstaff is sung in Italian with English SURTITLESTM and comes to the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts for seven performances onOctober 3, 9, 12, 14, 25, 29 and November 1, 2014. (more...)

The Canadian Opera Company Appoints Steven Kelley as Chief Communications OfficerThe Canadian Opera Company Appoints Steven Kelley as Chief Communications Officer
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2014

The Canadian Opera Company is proud to announce that it has selected Steven Kelley to serve in the opera company's new senior staff position of Chief Communications Officer. Kelley joins the COC in early October, coming directly from Houston Grand Opera where he has been director of marketing for the past four years. (more...)

The Canadian Opera Company's New  Value-Pricing Subscriptions for the 2014-2015 Season Are Halfway to Selling OutThe Canadian Opera Company's New Value-Pricing Subscriptions for the 2014-2015 Season Are Halfway to Selling Out
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2014

Ten days before the close of its 2013/2014 season, the COC's acquisition subscription campaign for the 14/15 performance calendar is enjoying great success with half of its allotted new value-pricing subscription packages already sold. Value-pricing subscriptions on the Ring 5 and Orchestra Ring levels of the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts are sold out with extremely limited availability on the Grand Ring box level. (more...)

Canadian Opera Company Presents DON QUICHOTTE with Ferruccio Furlanetto, Now thru 5/24Canadian Opera Company Presents DON QUICHOTTE with Ferruccio Furlanetto, Now thru 5/24
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2014

The greatest operatic bass in the world today, Ferruccio Furlanetto, makes his Canadian debut this spring in the Canadian Opera Company premiere of the operatic tale of literature's famous dreamer, Don Quichotte by Jules Massenet. Known for an intensely moving portrayal of the title character, Furlanetto stars in this musically lush and romantic homage to Cervantes' iconic hero, Don Quixote. Don Quichotte is sung in French with English SURTITLES, and runs for seven performances at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts today, May 9 and May 11, 14, 17, 20, 22, 24, 2014. (more...)

Canadian Opera Company Presents ROBERTO DEVEREUX with Sondra Radvanovsky, Now thru 5/21Canadian Opera Company Presents ROBERTO DEVEREUX with Sondra Radvanovsky, Now thru 5/21
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2014

World renowned American soprano Sondra Radvanovsky returns to the Canadian Opera Company this spring in the ultimate diva role, Queen Elizabeth I, for the COC premiere of Donizetti's Roberto Devereux. The tumultuous final days of the reign of the Virgin Queen are depicted in this powerful drama of show-stopping vocal fireworks, directed by Stephen Lawless and conducted by Corrado Rovaris. Roberto Devereux is sung in Italian with English SURTITLES and runs for seven performances at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts today, April 25, 29, May 3, 10, 15, 18, 21, 2014. (more...)

Peter Sellars Returns to the Canadian Opera Company with a New Production of HERCULES, Now thru 4/30Peter Sellars Returns to the Canadian Opera Company with a New Production of HERCULES, Now thru 4/30
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2014

Internationally renowned director Peter Sellars returns to the Canadian Opera Company this spring with a new company production of Handel's Hercules that propels the Greek myth into the modern day, giving voice to the untold horrors of war and the unspoken complications faced by veterans returning home. The COC premiere of Hercules reunites Sellars with celebrated conductorHarry Bicket and the all-star cast that presented this co-production with Lyric Opera of Chicago to unequivocal praise at its debut in Chicago in 2011. Hercules is sung in English with English SURTITLES and runs for seven performances at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts today, April 5, 11, 15, 19, 24, 27, 30, 2014. (more...)

Canadian Opera Company Presents DON QUICHOTTE with Ferruccio Furlanetto, 5/9-24Canadian Opera Company Presents DON QUICHOTTE with Ferruccio Furlanetto, 5/9-24
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2014

The greatest operatic bass in the world today, Ferruccio Furlanetto, makes his Canadian debut this spring in the Canadian Opera Company premiere of the operatic tale of literature's famous dreamer, Don Quichotte by Jules Massenet. Known for an intensely moving portrayal of the title character, Furlanetto stars in this musically lush and romantic homage to Cervantes' iconic hero, Don Quixote. Don Quichotte is sung in French with English SURTITLES, and runs for seven performances at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts on May 9, 11, 14, 17, 20, 22, 24, 2014. (more...)

The Canadian Opera Company Presents ROBERTO DEVEREUX with Sondra Radvanovsky, 4/25-5/21The Canadian Opera Company Presents ROBERTO DEVEREUX with Sondra Radvanovsky, 4/25-5/21
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2014

World renowned American soprano Sondra Radvanovsky returns to the Canadian Opera Company this spring in the ultimate diva role, Queen Elizabeth I, for the COC premiere of Donizetti's Roberto Devereux. The tumultuous final days of the reign of the Virgin Queen are depicted in this powerful drama of show-stopping vocal fireworks, directed by Stephen Lawless and conducted by Corrado Rovaris. Roberto Devereux is sung in Italian with English SURTITLES and runs for seven performances at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts on April 25, 29, May 3, 10, 15, 18, 21, 2014. (more...)

Peter Sellars Returns to the Canadian Opera Company with a New Production of HERCULES, 4/5-30Peter Sellars Returns to the Canadian Opera Company with a New Production of HERCULES, 4/5-30
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2014

Internationally renowned director Peter Sellars returns to the Canadian Opera Company this spring with a new company production of Handel's Hercules that propels the Greek myth into the modern day, giving voice to the untold horrors of war and the unspoken complications faced by veterans returning home. The COC premiere of Hercules reunites Sellars with celebrated conductorHarry Bicket and the all-star cast that presented this co-production with Lyric Opera of Chicago to unequivocal praise at its debut in Chicago in 2011. Hercules is sung in English with English SURTITLES and runs for seven performances at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts on April 5, 11, 15, 19, 24, 27, 30, 2014. (more...)

Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio Presents Special Performance of COSI FAN TUTTE TonightCanadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio Presents Special Performance of COSI FAN TUTTE Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2014

Tonight, February 7, 2014 at 7:30 p.m., the spotlight shines on the rising stars of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio when they take to the mainstage of the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. They present their own special performance of Mozart's wry romantic comedy, Così fan tutte. This production is sung in Italian with English SURTITLES and all tickets to the Ensemble Studio performance are accessibly priced at $25 or $55. (more...)

Canadian Opera Company Opens Winter Season With COSI FAN TUTTE, Now thru 2/21Canadian Opera Company Opens Winter Season With COSI FAN TUTTE, Now thru 2/21
by BWW News Desk - Jan 18, 2014

The Canadian Opera Company opens its 2013/2014 winter season with Così fan tutte (or The School for Lovers), Mozart's wry comedy about romantic love, fidelity and temptation. Sung in Italian with English SURTITLES, the COC's Così fan tutte comes to the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts for 10 performances today, January 18 and January 24, 29, February 1, 6, 7*, 9, 15, 18, 21, 2014. (more...)

Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio Welcomes Four New Performers for 2014-15 SeasonCanadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio Welcomes Four New Performers for 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2014

The Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio, Canada's premier training program for young opera professionals, welcomes four talented new Canadian artists for the 2014/2015 season. Soprano Karine Boucher, tenor Jean-Philippe Fortier-Lazure and bass-baritone Iain MacNeil were among the nine finalists featured in the third annual Ensemble Studio Competition in November 2013. Boucher, Fortier-Lazure andMacNeil were top prize winners at the competitive vocal showcase which was the feature event of the COC's inaugural Ensemble Studio Competition Gala, Centre Stage, an evening dedicated to the discovery and celebration of the next generation of opera stars. In addition to the three opera singers, the 14/15 Ensemble Studio welcomes pianist Jennifer Szeto. (more...)

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