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World-renowned singer-songwriter and composer Rufus Wainwright to host magical evening dedicated to the discovery and celebration of the next generation of opera stars
Toronto – Out of a pool of 155 young, aspiring opera singers from across the country, the Canadian Opera Company has selected nine to compete in the third annual COC Ensemble Studio Competition on November 26, 2013 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. The Ensemble Studio Competition is the feature event at the COC’s first annual fundraising gala, Centre Stage, an evening dedicated to the discovery and celebration of the next generation of opera stars. Tickets are $100 to this competitive vocal showcase with the nine 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.
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Toronto – Today at the Canadian Opera Company’s Annual General Meeting, COC Board President Tony Arrell reported on the financial and artistic success of the 2012/2013 season, with the company achieving a record-breaking $10.83 million (net) in annual fundraising and posting a modest surplus of $15,000. The previous annual fundraising record for the COC was $9.9 million and achieved during the 2006/2007 season, at the time of the opening of the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts and the Canadian premiere of Wagner’s Ring Cycle.
Toronto – When the Canadian Opera Company’s Glencore Ensemble Studio School Tour sets
off across Ontario this fall, it will reach a wider audience than ever
before. For the first time in its 33-year history, this year’s tour
includes an opera for students in grades 7 to 12. From November 4 – December 1, 2013, a new COC school tour production of La serva padrona
by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi will be performed at middle schools and
high schools across Ontario, in addition to the popular children’s opera
The Brothers Grimm by Dean Burry, which will travel to elementary schools. Both operas are performed in English.