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Toronto - Alexander Neef, General Director of the
Canadian Opera Company, announced today the commission of a new opera
for its mainstage by one of Canada’s most important composers, Ana Sokolović. Titled La Reine-Garçon, the libretto is by Quebec playwright Michel Marc Bouchard
and based on his play of the same name. Inspired by Queen Christina of
Sweden who ruled the country in the 17th century before abdicating her
throne at the age of 27, La Reine-Garçon is currently in development and is scheduled to have its world premiere in the COC’s 2019/2020 season.
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Toronto – The Canadian Opera Company Orchestra Academy returns for a second year on January 12, 2015,
this time welcoming five student musicians into its acclaimed COC
Orchestra for an intense three-week period that offers them professional
insight and experience in their pursuit of a career in an opera
Toronto – Richard Wagner’s Die Walküre
is opera at its most epic with incredible vocal demands, a 110-piece
orchestra and a story about gods and mortals, all played out to one of
opera’s most powerful and iconic scores. This immense work returns to
the Canadian Opera Company this winter with a critically acclaimed production by renowned Canadian director Atom Egoyan, with COC Music Director Johannes Debus conducting, and one of the most hotly anticipated role debuts of the opera world this season: Grammy Award-winning soprano Christine Goerke as the Valkyrie Brünnhilde. Die Walküre is sung in German with English SURTITLESTM and runs for seven performances at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts on January 31, February 4, 7, 10, 13, 19, 22, 2015.