PERFORMANCES BY RUFUS WAINWRIGHT AND AUSTRA WITH COC ENSEMBLE STUDIO MEMBERS KEY HIGHLIGHTS FOR GUESTS
Toronto, Oct. 28, 2011 – On Friday, Oct. 21, the bar for charity balls was raised at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts as the scene of Operanation 8: A Muse Ball unfolded with more than 1,000 guests. The magical evening raised $100,000 for the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio, Canada’s premier training program for young opera professionals.
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As part of a special opera residency in Sudbury and Timmins this year, the Xstrata Ensemble Studio School Tour will offer introductory workshops to schools receiving a performance of Isis and the Seven Scorpions. Elementary school children will take part in Introduction to Opera workshops led by the opera’s composer Dean Burry, and high school students will take part in Introduction to Directing workshops led by the production’s director Ashlie Corcoran. The Northern Ontario Regional Arts Conference will also feature a professional development workshop for educators on how to use opera in the classroom, led by Corcoran.
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Toronto – The Canadian Opera Company is pleased to present two Toronto public performances of this year’s Xstrata Ensemble Studio School Tour production of Hansel and Gretel, a child-friendly adaptation of the original full-length opera, based on the classic fairytale by the Brothers Grimm. Sung in English, the school tour version of Hansel and Gretel contains amusing characters and enchanting music that will have young audiences spellbound. The two public performances take place at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011 at theJoey and Toby Tanenbaum Opera Centre (227 Front St. E.).
Forty-five minutes prior to each performance, COC artists, educators and staff will lead children through creative arts and interactive activities inspired by Hansel and Gretel. Young people attending the performances may also participate in an Introduction to Opera workshop with critically acclaimed Canadian composer Dean Burry, creator of the COC’s school tour opera Isis and the Seven Scorpions and the children’s opera The Hobbit.