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Carmen Critical Acclaim

The reviews are in for Carmen!

Ken Winters, Globe and Mail

"Israeli mezzo-soprano Rinat Shaham was a stunning Camen�- to see, to hear, to experience dramatically, New Orleans tenor Bryan Hymel turned in a passionate and thrillingly sung Don José. Canadian soprano Jessica Muirhead�was a persuasive and touching Micaëla. The three, beautifully abetted by the COC orchestra under Scottish conductor Rory Macdonald and the COC chorus trained by Sandra Horst, provided a stirring musico-dramatic core, which sustained us through this astonishing, beautiful and still-upsetting work."

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More Nightingale Acclaim

Richard Ouzounian, Variety

"Back in 1993, avant-garde director Robert Lepage conferred world-class status on the Canadian Opera Company with his double-bill of Bluebeard's Castle and Erwartung. That production toured to New York and Edinburgh, earning rave reviews and numerous awards, and putting the Toronto company on the map. There's an excellent chance the same thing will happen with Lepage's magical treatment of Stravinsky's The Nightingale and Other Short Fables. The Toronto run was sold out in advance of unanimous rave reviews, and two French engagements already are booked for 2010."


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More Madama Butterfly Reviews

The second cast of Madama Butterfly has opened, and the reviews are amazing!

Robert Everett-Green, Globe and Mail

"Faith and patience are Butterfly's dominant traits, and they came through so strongly in Noah's performance that she half-convinced me that this opera is really a religious drama. Un bel di, her shining vision of her husband Pinkerton's return, sounded like prophesy. Even more than usual, her full-voiced credo at the aria's end felt like a tragic counterpart to the moral transience expressed by Pinkerton (tenor Bryan Hymel) at the start of the opera


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