Alexander Neef News

Canadian Opera Company to Present Baroque Opera at Its Best with Handel's ARIODANTECanadian Opera Company to Present Baroque Opera at Its Best with Handel's ARIODANTE
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2016

The work of George Frideric Handel, a supreme artist of the Baroque era, returns to the Canadian Opera Company stage this fall in the long awaited company premiere of Ariodante. (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 - Aug 23, 2016

Searing drama and epic lyricism open the Canadian Opera Company's 2016/2017 season with a new production of Bellini's Norma.  (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 - Jul 19, 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...)

Canadian Opera Company Launches AppCanadian Opera Company Launches App
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2016

Single tickets to the Canadian Opera Company are easier to purchase than ever before as the opera company introduces afree new app in time for its spring 2016 productions of Carmen and Maometto II. TheCanadian Opera Company app is now available in Apple's App Store and Google's Google Play. (more...)

Canadian Opera Company to Present THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO, 2/22Canadian Opera Company to Present THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO, 2/22
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2016

Toronto – The future of Canadian opera will be on full display on February 22, 2016 when the rising young stars of the Canadian Opera Company's Ensemble Studio sing the lead roles in Mozart's comedic tour-de-force, The Marriage of Figaro. This special, one-night-only performance of the COC's new production takes place at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, with all tickets accessibly priced at $25 and $55. The Marriage of Figaro is sung in Italian with English SURTITLES. (more...)

Canadian Opera Company's Ensemble Studio Recruits Seven New ArtistsCanadian Opera Company's Ensemble Studio Recruits Seven New Artists
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2016

Toronto –   The Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio, Canada's premier training program for young opera professionals, welcomes seven outstanding new artists for the 2016/2017 season: sopranos Danika Lorènand Samantha Pickett, mezzo-sopranos Emily D'Angelo, Lauren Eberwein and Megan Quick, baritone Bruno Roy, and pianist Stéphane Mayer. The seven artists join the Ensemble Studio in August 2016 and become part of an illustrious program that, since its inception in 1980, has launched the careers of over 215 Canadian singers, opera coaches, mainstage directors and conductors. (more...)

Seven Young Artists to Join COC's Ensemble Studio During 2016-17 SeasonSeven Young Artists to Join COC's Ensemble Studio During 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2016

 The Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio, Canada's premier training program for young opera professionals, welcomes seven outstanding new artists for the 2016/2017 season: sopranos Danika Lorèn and Samantha Pickett, mezzo-sopranos Emily D'Angelo, Lauren Eberwein and Megan Quick, baritone Bruno Roy, and pianist Stéphane Mayer. The seven artists join the Ensemble Studio in August 2016 and become part of an illustrious program that, since its inception in 1980, has launched the careers of over 215 Canadian singers, opera coaches, mainstage directors and conductors. (more...)

COC Music Director Johannes Debus Renews Contract Through 2020-21 SeasonCOC Music Director Johannes Debus Renews Contract Through 2020-21 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2016

Canadian Opera Company audiences can look forward to five more years with Johannes Debus as the company's Music Director. The news of Debus' contract renewal through to the company's 2020/2021 season was announced today by COC General Director Alexander Neef at the public launch of the COC's 2016/2017 season at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. (more...)

Breaking News: LOUIS RIEL Among Canadian Opera Company's 2016-17 LineupBreaking News: LOUIS RIEL Among Canadian Opera Company's 2016-17 Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2016

Canada's greatest achievement in music, LOUIS RIEL, is returning to the Canadian Opera Company stage in a new production to help mark the 150th anniversary of the country's confederation. LOUIS RIEL is one of six landmark operas unveiled today at the public launch of the COC's 2016/2017 season at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. (more...)

Toronto's Emily D'Angelo Named Victor in Canadian Opera Company's Vocal CompetitionToronto's Emily D'Angelo Named Victor in Canadian Opera Company's Vocal Competition
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2015

Toronto – Emily D'Angelo of Toronto took home First Prize (the Chair's Prize) at the Canadian Opera Company's annual Ensemble Studio Competition on November 3, 2015 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. The competition is the feature event of the COC fundraiser Centre Stage, a highly anticipated annual celebration of the next generation of opera stars. D'Angelo was selected from eight finalists to receive the $5,000 award, supported annually by the Chair of the COC's Board of Directors. Lauren Eberwein of Qualicum Beach, BC won the Second Prize of $3,000, and Bruno Roy of Montreal was awarded the Third Prize of $1,500. Emily D'Angelo was also selected by the audience as the winner of the Audience Choice Award, worth $1,500. (more...)

COC Hosts Vocal Competition at Centre Stage TonightCOC Hosts Vocal Competition at Centre Stage Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2015

Out of a pool of 120 aspiring opera singers from across the country, the Canadian Opera Company has selected eight to compete at Centre Stage: Ensemble Studio Competition tonight, November 3, 2015 at Toronto's Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. (more...)

Hottest Articles on BWWOperaWorld.com for 10/25/2015 - 11/1/2015Hottest Articles on BWWOperaWorld.com for 10/25/2015 - 11/1/2015
by BWW - Nov 1, 2015

Hottest Articles on BWWOperaWorld.com from 10/25/2015 - 11/1/2015. (more...)

Canadian Opera Company Celebrates Financial, Artistic Success of Latest SeasonCanadian Opera Company Celebrates Financial, Artistic Success of Latest Season
by BWW News Desk - Oct 26, 2015

Toronto – Today at the Canadian Opera Company's Annual General Meeting, COC Board Chair Tony Arrell and COC General Director Alexander Neef reported on the financial and artistic successes of the 2014/2015 season. With an acclaimed season of operas, the COC maintained its impressive attendance numbers, recording an average attendance of 92%, as well as retained last year's historic-level of fundraising with contributed revenue totaling $12.6 million and posted a balanced budget, to show a modest surplus of $13,000. (more...)

Canadian Opera Company to Present OPERATION SUPERPOWER, & More, 11/9Canadian Opera Company to Present OPERATION SUPERPOWER, & More, 11/9
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2015

Toronto – From November 9 to December 6, 2015, the Canadian Opera Company's annual Glencore Ensemble Studio School Tourgives 16,000 elementary students across Ontario the chance to experience live opera performed by professional opera singers. This year's tour features two engaging productions, Operation Superpower and The Bremen Town Musicians, which will capture the imaginations of young audience members with their superhero and fairy tale themes. (more...)

Canadian Opera Company Premieres PYRAMUS AND THISBE TonightCanadian Opera Company Premieres PYRAMUS AND THISBE Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2015

Canadian Opera Company presents the world premiere of Pyramus and Thisbe by Canadian composer Barbara Monk Feldman. Based on the story from Ovid's Metamorphoses, the opera Pyramus and Thisbe was written by Monk Feldman in 2010 is being presented as part of COC's 2015/2016 season. (more...)

Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 10/17/2015
by - Oct 17, 2015

BroadwayWorld.com's Upcoming Events calendar for the week - updated on 10/17/2015. (more...)

COC Announces Vocal Competition at Centre Stage, 11/3COC Announces Vocal Competition at Centre Stage, 11/3
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2015

Toronto – Out of a pool of 120 aspiring opera singers from across the country, the Canadian Opera Company has selected eight to compete at Centre Stage: Ensemble Studio Competition on November 3, 2015 at Toronto's Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. Centre Stage is the COC's annual celebration of the next generation of opera stars. The Ensemble Studio Competition is the evening's feature event: 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...)

Canadian Opera Company Launches New Interactive Series, OPERA INSIGHTS, TonightCanadian Opera Company Launches New Interactive Series, OPERA INSIGHTS, Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2015

Toronto – This fall, the Canadian Opera Company launches Opera Insights, a new FREE series featuring interactive events and in-depth conversations that provide an insider's glimpse into the company's 2015/2016 productions. The series kicks off its inaugural season on September 24, 2015 with an exploration of the legend that inspired Barbara Monk Feldman's opera Pyramus and Thisbe, offered in collaboration with the University of Toronto, Faculty of Music's Today NoonSeries.  (more...)

Canadian Opera Company to Launch New Interactive Series, OPERA INSIGHTS, 9/24Canadian Opera Company to Launch New Interactive Series, OPERA INSIGHTS, 9/24
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2015

Toronto – This fall, the Canadian Opera Company launches Opera Insights, a new FREE series featuring interactive events and in-depth conversations that provide an insider's glimpse into the company's 2015/2016 productions. The series kicks off its inaugural season on September 24, 2015 with an exploration of the legend that inspired Barbara Monk Feldman's opera Pyramus and Thisbe, offered in collaboration with the University of Toronto, Faculty of Music's Thursday NoonSeries.  (more...)

Canadian Opera Company Presents the World Premiere of PYRAMUS AND THISBE; Plus Rare Opera Classics!Canadian Opera Company Presents the World Premiere of PYRAMUS AND THISBE; Plus Rare Opera Classics!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2015

Toronto – The world premiere of a new Canadian opera awaits Canadian Opera Company audiences this fall at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. In a new company production, the COC proudly presents Barbara Monk Feldman's first opera, Pyramus and Thisbe (2010), performed with two early Baroque opera classics, Claudio Monteverdi'sLamento d'Arianna (1608) and Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda(1624). Pyramus and Thisbe runs for seven performances on October 20, 23, 25, 28,November 5, 7 (two performances), 2015. (more...)

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