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Introducing Music Director Johannes Debus

Toronto, Ontario�At a press conference held today at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, Canadian Opera Company General Director Alexander Neef proudly introduced conductor Johannes Debus as the company's new Music Director. 


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Otello Critical Acclaim

The reviews are in for Otello!

John Terauds, Toronto Star

�Giuseppe Verdi's last � and greatest � tragic opera deserves a solid production. Fortunately, that is exactly what the Canadian Opera Company unveiled at the Wednesday night premiere of Otello.�

�Forbis� knows how to deliver drama��

�Scott Hendricks, is the ideal Iago��

�Dusky-voiced Italian soprano Tiziana Caruso has that rare mix of sweetness and steel in her delivery that created a strong counterpoint to her madly jealous husband.�

�Italian conductor Paolo Olmi led a tightly coiled, deep-hued reading of Verdi's score while director Paul Curran kept in mirror step with the music�

�The beautifully detailed period costumes and sophisticated lighting also serve the story well, helping to create an operatic whole that is even larger than its generous parts.�

Read the complete review.�


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Clara Venice to Rock the Ball at the stroke of midnight at the Canadian Opera Company's Cinderella-themed Operanation VII

Toronto, OntarioOnce upon a time, the fairy tale ended at midnight.  Times have changed.  When the clock strikes 12 a.m. on Friday, October 29, 2010 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts for Operanation VII, Cinderella: Rock the Ball, the multi-talented, Canadian star Clara Venice, is set to take the stage.


Following a 10:30 p.m. mash-up performance by Canadian indie rock darlings, Broken Social Scene with members of the Canadian Opera Company (COC) Ensemble Studio, Venice � a triple threat as therminist, vocalist and electric violinist� will keep the crowd's adrenaline pumping with her sultry, edgy style of electro-pop-meets-cabaret show.


�I love fusing music styles and Operanation, in particular with this year's Cinderella: Rock the Ball theme, is the perfect opportunity to do so,� said Venice. �I've created something extra-special and never-yet-performed, so expect a few surprises.�


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