Toronto, Ontario � The Canadian Opera Company is pleased to announce that its entire 2010/2011 mainstage season will be broadcast across Canada in conjunction with broadcast partner CBC Radio 2. For the second year in a row, all COC mainstage operas will be aired nationally on CBC Radio 2 and on Radio-Canada's Espace Musique over the course of the season. This agreement further strengthens the COC's presence on Canadian airwaves, enabling the company's season to be heard coast to coast as well as internationally via CBC Radio 2's, Radio-Canada's and the COC's websites.
The COC's 2010/2011 mainstage operas will be broadcast across Canada twice on CBC Radio 2's Saturday Afternoon at the Opera hosted by Bill Richardson, beginning with the COC's new production of Giuseppe Verdi's Aida on Saturday, December 4, 2010, and followed by Benjamin Britten's Death in Venice on Saturday, December 11, 2010. CBC Radio 2's Saturday Afternoon at the Opera airs Saturdays from 1 � 5 p.m. EST (2 � 6 AT; 2:30 � 6:30 NT). Air dates for Espace Musique are yet to be confirmed.
Future broadcast dates, including Mozart's The Magic Flute, John Adams' Nixon in China, Rossini's La Cenerentola, Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos, and Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice, are yet to be confirmed.
The complete season of operas from the 2010/2011 season will be available for internet streaming through CBC Radio 2's Concerts on Demand and Espace Musique with select operas available on the COC website for a period of 12 months after the initial streaming date.
The repeat broadcasts of the COC's 2009/2010 season are scheduled for: October 30, 2010 for Idomeneo; November 6, 2010 for Maria Stuarda; November 13, 2010 for The Flying Dutchman; November 20, 2010 for Carmen; and November 27, 2010 for Otello.
In fall 2009, the COC reached an agreement with the artists of the company and their unions and associations to record all seven operas in its 2009/2010 season. Last season's broadcasts marked the first time the COC's complete season aired on the radio in its entirety in almost 20 years.
The Canadian Opera Company would like to thank the artists of the company and their representatives: the American Federation of Musicians, Canada; Canadian Actors' Equity Association; Association of Canadian Television and Radio Artists; the Toronto Musicians' Association, Neil Crory, CBC Radio's Senior Music Producer; Doug Doctor, CBC Radio's Senior Recording Engineer, and Steve Sweeney, CBC Radio's Associate Recording Engineer.
Aida has been generously underwritten in part by Tim and Frances Price.
Death in Venice has been generously underwritten in part by David Stanley-Porter
Nixon in China Production Co-sponsors: CIBC and CIBC Mellon
The Magic Flute has been generously underwritten by The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation.
The Magic Flute Production Sponsor: RBC
This production of Orfeo ed Euridice is owned by the Lyric Opera of Chicago and was made possible by generous gifts from an Anonymous Donor, The Elizabeth Morse Genius Charitable Trust/The Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust, Stephen A. Kaplan and Alyce K. Sigler, Sidley Austin LLP, and Howard A. Stotler with additional funding by AT&T.
Broadcast Partner: CBC Radio 2
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