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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...)

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 7, 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...)

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...)

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