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Canadian Opera Company Orchestra Featured in Special Engagements at 21C Music FestivalCanadian Opera Company Orchestra Featured in Special Engagements at 21C Music Festival
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2017

Canadian Opera Company Music Director Johannes Debus and the internationally acclaimed COC Orchestra step out of the orchestra pit of the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts to launch the 'Canadian edition' of the 21C Music Festival, performing the opening concert on May 24, 2017 at Toronto's Royal Conservatory of Music at Koerner Hall. This is the first of two engagements with COC artists at the 21C Music Festival. (more...)

Canadian Opera Company to Hold Meeting on Indigenous Songs in Canadian CompositionsCanadian Opera Company to Hold Meeting on Indigenous Songs in Canadian Compositions
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2017

On April 19, 2017, the Canadian Opera Company is hosting a meeting at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, organized by Dr. Dylan Robinson of Queen's University, to discuss First Nations song protocol and the use of Indigenous songs in Canadian compositions, such as Harry Somers' Louis Riel. (more...)

Canadian Opera Company to Host Meeting to Discuss Indigenous SongsCanadian Opera Company to Host Meeting to Discuss Indigenous Songs
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2017

On April 19, 2017, the Canadian Opera Company is hosting a meeting at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, organized by Dr. Dylan Robinson of Queen's University, to discuss First Nations song protocol and the use of Indigenous songs in Canadian compositions, such as Harry Somers' Louis Riel. (more...)

Canadian Opera Company Brings Together an All-Canadian Cast for LOUIS REILCanadian Opera Company Brings Together an All-Canadian Cast for LOUIS REIL
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2017

The Canadian Opera Company has brought together an all-Canadian cast, led by renowned Canadian baritone Russell Braun in the title role, for its highly anticipated revival of Harry Somers' Louis Riel. This new production of Louis Riel is co-produced with the National Arts Centre in anticipation of Canada's sesquicentennial and runs for seven performances by the COC on April 20, 23, 26, 29, May 2, 5, 13, 2017 at Toronto's Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. (more...)

Canadian Opera Company Closes 2016-2017 Year With TOSCA, 4/30-5/20Canadian Opera Company Closes 2016-2017 Year With TOSCA, 4/30-5/20
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2017

The Canadian Opera Company closes its 2016/2017 season with Puccini's beloved Tosca. A tense drama of passion and betrayal, Tosca returns in a COC production performed with two of today's great divas in the title role: internationally renowned Canadian soprano Adrianne Pieczonka and critically acclaimed American soprano Keri Alkema. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2017

Canadian history comes to life on the stage of the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts this spring when Harry Somers' Louis Riel returns to the Canadian Opera Company. A new production of this uniquely Canadian contribution to the opera world is being conceived by one of Canadian theatre's most acclaimed and inventive directors, Peter Hinton, with the COC's celebrated music director, Johannes Debus, conducting. This production of Louis Riel is proudly presented by the COC and its co-producer, National Arts Centre (NAC), in anticipation of Canada's sesquicentennial and the 50th anniversary of the opera's premiere. Louis Riel is sung in English, French, Michif and Cree with English, French, Michif and Cree SURTITLESTM, and runs for seven performances by the COC on April 20, 23, 26, 29, May 2, 5, 13, 2017 at Toronto's Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. It will premiere in Ottawa by the NAC on June 15 and 17, 2017. (more...)

Canadian Opera Company's EVENING WITH ENSEMBLE STUDIO Charts Long Journey Of Opera Star, Feb. 23Canadian Opera Company's EVENING WITH ENSEMBLE STUDIO Charts Long Journey Of Opera Star, Feb. 23
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2017

On Today, February 23, 2017, Canada's next generation of opera stars takes over the mainstage of the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts for An Evening with the Ensemble Studio: Music of Handel and Mozart. (more...)

Canadian Opera Company's EVENING WITH ENSEMBLE STUDIO Charts Long Journey Of Opera Star, Feb. 23Canadian Opera Company's EVENING WITH ENSEMBLE STUDIO Charts Long Journey Of Opera Star, Feb. 23
by BWW News Desk - Jan 18, 2017

On Thursday, February 23, 2017, Canada's next generation of opera stars takes over the mainstage of the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts for An Evening with the Ensemble Studio: Music of Handel and Mozart. (more...)

Canadian Opera Company Unveils 2017-2018 SeasonCanadian Opera Company Unveils 2017-2018 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2017

The Canadian Opera Company presents a 2017/2018 season that defies conventions on what opera can be and cements the art form's enduring relevance as a reflection of timeless human relations and universal themes. (more...)

Canadian Opera Company Welcomes Five New PlayersCanadian Opera Company Welcomes Five New Players
by BWW News Desk - Jan 4, 2017

 The Canadian Opera Company Orchestra Academy returns for its fourth year on January 8, 2017, welcoming five student musicians to its annual three-week intensive training program. (more...)

Vancouver's Simone Mcintosh Wins At Canadian Opera Company's Annual Voice CompetitionVancouver's Simone Mcintosh Wins At Canadian Opera Company's Annual Voice Competition
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2016

Simone McIntosh of Vancouver took home First Prize (the Chair's Prize) at the Canadian Opera Company's annual Ensemble Studio Competition on November 3, 2016 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. (more...)

Vancouver's Simone McIntosh Wins Top Prize at Vocal CompetitionVancouver's Simone McIntosh Wins Top Prize at Vocal Competition
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2016

Simone McIntosh of Vancouver took home First Prize (the Chair's Prize) at the Canadian Opera Company's annual Ensemble Studio Competition on November 3, 2016 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. (more...)

Ben Heppner to Return as Host for Canadian Opera Company's 2016 Centre Stage GalaBen Heppner to Return as Host for Canadian Opera Company's 2016 Centre Stage Gala
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2016

When this year's aspiring opera stars take to the stage of Toronto's Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts to compete in the Ensemble Studio Competition at the Canadian Opera Company's annual Centre Stage gala, they'll do so with legendary Canadian tenor and CBC Radio personality Ben Heppner in attendance. (more...)

Seven Canadian Singers Compete In Canadian Opera Company's Vocal Showcase, Nov. 3Seven Canadian Singers Compete In Canadian Opera Company's Vocal Showcase, Nov. 3
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2016

The Canadian Opera Companyhas selected seven finalists from across the country to showcase in this year's exhilarating vocal competition at its annual gala fundraiser,Centre Stage, on November 3, 2016. Selected from a pool of 119 aspiring Canadian opera singers, the final seven will take to the stage of Toronto's Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts to perform selected arias in the hopes of securing a cash prize, ranging in value from $1,500 - $5,000, and a highly coveted invitation to join Canada's premier training program for young opera professionals, the COC Ensemble Studio.  (more...)

Canadian Opera Company Posts $32,000 Surplus In 2015/2016 YearCanadian Opera Company Posts $32,000 Surplus In 2015/2016 Year
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2016

The Canadian Opera Company's 2015/2016 season was one of continued artistic excellence paired with financial stability, as reported today at the COC's Annual General Meeting by COC Board Chair Colleen Sexsmith and COC General Director Alexander Neef. The COC's operating expenses for the 15/16 season were $40,278,000 with revenues of $40,310,000, allowing the opera company to report a modest surplus of $32,000. (more...)

Seven Canadian Singers Compete In Canadian Opera Company's Vocal Showcase, Nov. 3Seven Canadian Singers Compete In Canadian Opera Company's Vocal Showcase, Nov. 3
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2016

The Canadian Opera Companyhas selected seven finalists from across the country to showcase in this year's exhilarating vocal competition at its annual gala fundraiser,Centre Stage, on November 3, 2016. Selected from a pool of 119 aspiring Canadian opera singers, the final seven will take to the stage of Toronto's Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts to perform selected arias in the hopes of securing a cash prize, ranging in value from $1,500 - $5,000, and a highly coveted invitation to join Canada's premier training program for young opera professionals, the COC Ensemble Studio.  (more...)

Canadian Opera Company Posts Modest $32,000 Surplus in a 2015/2016 SeasonCanadian Opera Company Posts Modest $32,000 Surplus in a 2015/2016 Season
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2016

The Canadian Opera Company's 2015/2016 season was one of continued artistic excellence paired with financial stability, as reported today at the COC's Annual General Meeting by COC Board Chair Colleen Sexsmith and COC General Director Alexander Neef. The COC's operating expenses for the 15/16 season were $40,278,000 with revenues of $40,310,000, allowing the opera company to report a modest surplus of $32,000. These expenses and revenues are a consolidated presentation of the financial results of the COC and its controlled affiliate, the Canadian Opera House Corporation, a charitable organization that owns and operates the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. (more...)

The Canada Opera Company Announces Finalists for Annual Vocal Showcase at Gala FundraiserThe Canada Opera Company Announces Finalists for Annual Vocal Showcase at Gala Fundraiser
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2016

The Canadian Opera Company has selected seven finalists from across the country to showcase in this year's exhilarating vocal competition at its annual gala fundraiser, Centre Stage, on November 3, 2016. Selected from a pool of 119 aspiring Canadian opera singers, the final seven will take to the stage of Toronto's Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts to perform selected arias in the hopes of securing a cash prize, ranging in value from $1,500 – $5,000, and a highly coveted invitation to join Canada's premier training program for young opera professionals, the COC Ensemble Studio.  (more...)

Passion and Betrayal Comes to Canadian Opera Company in Bellini's NORMA This FallPassion and Betrayal Comes to Canadian Opera Company in Bellini's NORMA This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2016

Searing drama and epic lyricism open the Canadian Opera Company's 2016/2017 season with a new production of Bellini's Norma.  (more...)

Canadian Opera Company's Free Concert Series to Bring World of Music and Dance to TorontoCanadian Opera Company's Free Concert Series to Bring World of Music and Dance to Toronto
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2016

The Canadian Opera Company's acclaimed Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre returns this fall for its 11th season, once again offering a dynamic showcase of Toronto's cultural and artistic diversity. (more...)

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