COC Media Releases

12/2/2013

CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY ANNOUNCES COMMISSION OF NEW OPERA BY COMPOSER RUFUS WAINWRIGHT AND PLAYWRIGHT DANIEL MACIVOR

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Hadrian Scheduled for World Premiere in COC’s 2018/2019 Season

Toronto – Alexander Neef, General Director of the Canadian Opera Company, today released details of the company’s new opera commission, Hadrian, composed by internationally acclaimed Canadian-American singer, songwriter and composer Rufus Wainwright with libretto by award-winning Canadian actor, director and playwright Daniel MacIvor. Inspired by the Roman Emperor Hadrian and his love for Antinous, Hadrian is currently in development and is scheduled to open the COC’s 2018/2019 mainstage season.

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11/27/2013

COC NAMES WINNERS OF ENSEMBLE STUDIO COMPETITION GALA, CENTRE STAGE: QUEBEC’S KARINE BOUCHER WINS TOP PRIZE AND AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD

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Vocal Showcase Featured Surprise Performance by International Star Rufus Wainwright

TorontoSoprano Karine Boucher from Quebec City took home first prize and the Audience Choice Award at the Canadian Opera Company’s third annual Ensemble Studio Competition on November 26, 2013, at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. The competition is the feature event of the COC’s inaugural Ensemble Studio Competition Gala, Centre Stage, an evening dedicated to the discovery and celebration of the next generation of opera stars. Boucher was selected from nine finalists to receive the $5,000 first prize award. Tenor Jean-Philippe Fortier-Lazure from Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, won the second prize of $3,000, and bass-baritone Iain MacNeil from Brockville, Ontario, was awarded the third prize of $1,500. In addition, Boucher took home the Audience Choice Award worth $1,500.

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11/11/2013

COC’S NATIONAL AUDITION TOUR BRINGS NINE CANADIAN SINGERS TO TORONTO FOR CENTRE STAGE: ENSEMBLE STUDIO COMPETITION GALA

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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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