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3/7/2016

COC PREMIERES OPERATIC RARITY, MAOMETTO II, WITH SUPERSTAR BASS-BARITONE LUCA PISARONI IN TITLE ROLE

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Toronto – The Canadian Opera Company closes its 2015/2016 season with the company premiere of Gioachino Rossini’s rarely performed grand bel canto opera, Maometto II. Superstar Italian bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni makes a highly anticipated COC debut in the title role in a new COC production by acclaimed American director David Alden, lauded as a “thrilling [piece of] experiential theatre” (Opera News). Renowned maestro Harry Bicket in the orchestra pit conducts this operatic rarity. Maometto II is sung in Italian with English SURTITLESTM and runs for seven performances at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts on April 29, May 1, 3, 5, 7, 11, 14, 2016.

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12/9/2015

COC REVEALS HUMAN PASSIONS AT PLAY IN NEW PRODUCTION OF MOZART’S WITTY FARCE, THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO

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TorontoCanadian Opera Company audiences find themselves ensnared in a web of erotic passions with a new production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro this February. One of the most beautiful and convincing operas about the fluid enchantments, maze-like confusions and bouts of sheer blindness brought on by love, this new staging is directed by one of the most sought-after and critically acclaimed artists of his generation, Claus Guth, with equally celebrated musical leadership by COC Music Director Johannes Debus. The Marriage of Figaro is on stage at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts for 11 performances, including a special presentation starring the young artists of the COC’s Ensemble Studio training program, on February 4, 7, 9, 13, 17, 19, 21, 22*, 23, 25 and 27, 2016.

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12/8/2015

COC SCALES OPERATIC HEIGHTS OF HEROISM AND PASSION WITH SIEGFRIED DIRECTED BY FRANÇOIS GIRARD

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“This Siegfried was a fascinating thing to witness and gorgeous to hear”
(Globe and Mail)

“will doubtless continue to dazzle its viewers”
(Toronto Star)

“awe-inspiring sets”
(Toronto Sun)

“this Siegfried is psychologically rich and mysterious music theatre”
(NOW Magazine)

“Siegfried dazzles as soon as the curtain goes up”
(Eye Weekly)

TorontoCanadian Opera Company audiences will experience the heights of heroism and passion this winter when the third instalment of Richard Wagner’s epic Ring Cycle, Siegfried, returns to the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. Siegfried’s heroic journey reveals the drives and desires of gods and mortals in a story of greed, fear and self-discovery, told through a powerful and evocative score, and is brought to life in a critically acclaimed production by renowned Canadian director François Girard and celebrated Toronto-born designer Michael Levine, conducted by COC Music Director Johannes Debus. Siegfried runs for seven performances on January 23, 27, 30, February, 2, 5, 11 and 14, 2016.

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