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COC's Winter 2010/2011 Season Launches with Playful New Production of Mozart's Beloved Masterpiece The Magic Flute

Toronto, Ontario – The Canadian Opera Company's 61st season continues this winter with a new COC production of Mozart's mystical and beloved fairytale, The Magic Flute.  COC Music Director Johannes Debusconducts this timeless masterpiece and Tony Award®-nominated director Diane Paulus makes her COC debut with this playful production for all ages.  The Magic Flute also features Canadian opera stars Michael Schadeand Isabel Bayrakdarian, singing together at the COC for the first time, in the roles of Mozart's star-crossed lovers Tamino and Pamina.  The Magic Flute is sung in German with English SURTITLES™, and runs for 12 performances on Jan. 29, Feb. 1, 3, 6, 8, 10, 12, 16, 18, 20, 23, and 25, 2011.

A humorous, sometimes profound, exploration of the trials of growing up, seeking ideals and finding love,The Magic Flute follows the adventures of Prince Tamino as he undergoes feats of heroism to rescue his love, Pamina, from the forces of evil.  Joining Tamino on his journey is the comic birdcatcher Papageno, who dreams of one day finding his own sweetheart.  The Magic Flute was an immediate hit when it debuted in 1791, with nearly 100 performances taking place in the first year after its premiere, and has been an audience favourite ever since.  The opera's eternal appeal can be attributed to the music as The Magic Flutefeatures some of Mozart’s most beautiful and purely infectious melodies. 


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The COC travels across Ontario introducing children to opera with the Xstrata Ensemble Studio School Tour

Toronto, Ontario � The Canadian Opera Company's Xstrata Ensemble Studio School Tour returns to elementary schools across Ontario this fall introducing children to the world of opera.  For over 20 years, the COC's renowned school tour has brought opera to local schools and communities across Ontario, in the last two years adding northern Ontario to the list of destinations with performances in Sudbury and Timmins.  This year the COC presents its acclaimed operas, Isis and the Seven Scorpions, by Canadian composer Dean Burry, and Cinderella, a combination of Jules Massenet's and Rossini's musical scores, from November 8 to December 5, 2010.  

The annual Xstrata Ensemble Studio School Tour reaches over 16,000 students from Kindergarten to Grade 6 and displays the talents of professional singers from the renowned COC Ensemble Studio training program.  The tour features a 50-minute performance sung in English, which is adapted for a younger audience, concluding with a post-show question-and-answer period with members from the cast and crew.  A complete tour schedule is available upon request.

Xstrata, a major global diversified mining group, is the Title Sponsor of the school tour.  �We are extremely pleased at how well the Xstrata Ensemble Studio School Tour has been received by communities across Ontario,� says Peter Fuchs, Director of Corporate Affairs for Xstrata Nickel. �We are especially happy to see the tour continue to travel to northern Ontario, in particular to Sudbury and Timmins as part of our mission to bring unique cultural experiences to some of the communities in which we work.�


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COC to tour 'The Nightingale and Other Short Fables' to prestigious Brooklyn Academy of Music

Toronto, Ontario � The Canadian Opera Company (COC) is proud to be invited to perform the U.S. premiere of its spectacular production of Robert Lepage's The Nightingale and Other Short Fables at the world-renowned Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in March, 2011. The opera, set to the music of Stravinsky, is directed by Robert Lepage and will be conducted by COC Music Director Johannes Debus. This is the only U.S. engagement to date, and is scheduled at the Howard Gilman Opera House (30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn, NY) for only four performances on March 1, 3, 4, and 6, 2011

�We are incredibly honoured to have been invited to take part in BAM's fantastic spring season, and to present such a beautiful and original production at the festival,� says Alexander Neef, General Director of the COC. �The COC was last at BAM in 1993 with Robert Lepage's production of Bluebeard's Castle/Erwartung, and we are so glad to be back with another new Lepage creation.�


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