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2/17/2009

Verdi's Simon Boccanegra Returns to the COC

Toronto, Ontario�Last performed by the COC in 1979, Giuseppe Verdi's Simon Boccanegra returns to the Canadian Opera Company opening its spring season. Leading the cast are Grammy-nominated baritone Paolo Gavanelli and American soprano Tamara Wilson, both making their COC debuts. Bringing Verdi's powerful score to life is Marco Guidarini, music director of Opéra de Nice, who makes his COC debut leading the COC Orchestra and Chorus. Renowned stage director Ian Judge also makes his company debut remounting this production he originally directed for Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

Simon Boccanegra runs April 11, 14, 18, 22, 24, 28, May 3, 7, 2009 and is sung in Italian with English SURTITLES�.

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1/27/2009

COC Director Named First Recipient of Opera.ca Award

Toronto, Ontario�The Canadian Opera Company is delighted to announce that one of its long-time volunteer leaders, J. Rob Collins, has received the Opera.ca National Opera Directors Recognition Award for his extraordinary contributions to the Canadian Opera Company as a director and role model for excellence in governance.

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1/22/2009

Fidelio Cast Change

Toronto, Ontario�The Canadian Opera Company announces a cast change in the current production of Beethoven's Fidelio. American tenor Jon Villars, who was scheduled to perform the role of Florestan, has been replaced by prominent Icelandic tenor Jon Ketilsson and celebrated Canadian tenor Richard Margison. Mr. Ketilsson will sing the role for the first five performances, Jan. 24, 27, 30, Feb. 4, and 7, and Mr. Margison will sing the remaining five performances, Feb. 12, 15, 18, 21, and 24, 2009 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

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