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3/10/2015

CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY MAKES HEADLINES IN NEW YORK WITH PROVOCATIVELY PLAYFUL PRODUCTION OF SEMELE

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Toronto – The Canadian Opera Company is making headlines in New York on the occasion of its recent tour to the world-renowned Brooklyn Academy of Music. The COC’s theatrically transcendent production of Handel’s Semele, created by famed Chinese visual and performance artist Zhang Huan, was previewed in the early days of its New York residency by the Toronto Star as “looking like an opera we can be proud that Toronto brought to the Big Apple.” It went on to open on March 4 to popular and critical acclaim with Superconductor lauding the occasion as “a chance for this city to hear this excellent Toronto-based company in a rare American visit.”

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1/14/2015

WORLD PREMIERE OF 21ST-CENTURY CANADIAN OPERA ONE OF MANY FIRSTS IN COC’S 2015/2016 SEASON

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Toronto - The world premiere of a new Canadian work was one of the many operatic highlights revealed today at the public launch of the Canadian Opera Company’s 2015/2016 season at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. The COC’s 65th season is once again comprised entirely of company productions, four of which are new to Toronto audiences, and features the COC’s first mainstage world premiere since 1999, COC premieres of opera rarities and the revival of classic masterpieces.

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1/14/2015

THREE RISING OPERA STARS TO JOIN CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY’S 2015/2016 SEASON

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Toronto - The Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio, Canada’s premier training program for young opera professionals, welcomes three talented new Canadian artists for the 2015/2016 season. Tenors Charles Sy and Aaron Sheppard were among the seven finalists featured in the fourth annual Ensemble Studio Competition in November 2014. Sy and Sheppard were top prize winners at the competitive vocal showcase which was the feature event of the COC’s Ensemble Studio Competition Gala, Centre Stage, an evening dedicated to the discovery and celebration of the next generation of opera stars. In addition to the two opera singers, the 15/16 Ensemble Studio also welcomes pianist Hyejin Kwon.

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