Toronto – Returning to the Canadian Opera Company stage this spring is one of the world’s most famous operas, Georges Bizet’s Carmen. Canadian director Joel Ivany,
of Toronto’s cutting-edge collective Against the Grain Theatre, brings a
fresh look to this masterpiece of lyric theatre when it comes to the
Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. Italian conductor Paolo Carignani is at the helm of Bizet’s passionate score. Carmen was last presented by the COC in 2010 and returns to the Four Seasons Centre for 13 performances on April 12, 17, 20, 23, 28, 30, May 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 2016. Carmen is sung in French with English SURTITLESTM.
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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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Toronto – Canadian 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.