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11/4/2015

TORONTO’S EMILY D’ANGELO WINS TOP PRIZE AT CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY'S ANNUAL VOCAL COMPETITION

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Centre Stage Shines Spotlight on Canada's Future Opera Stars

TorontoEmily D’Angelo of Toronto took home First Prize (the Chair’s Prize) at the Canadian Opera Company's annual Ensemble Studio Competition on November 3, 2015 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. The competition is the feature event of the COC fundraiser Centre Stage, a highly anticipated annual celebration of the next generation of opera stars. D’Angelo was selected from eight finalists to receive the $5,000 award, supported annually by the Chair of the COC’s Board of Directors. Lauren Eberwein of Qualicum Beach, BC won the Second Prize of $3,000, and Bruno Roy of Montreal was awarded the Third Prize of $1,500. Emily D’Angelo was also selected by the audience as the winner of the Audience Choice Award, worth $1,500.

The vocal fireworks from the competition were just one of several highlights of this year’s festivities at the Four Seasons Centre. Centre Stage hosts soprano Karine Boucher and tenor Charles Sy, both past winners of the Ensemble Studio Competition, charmed the audience with their banter, stories of their own competition experience and what it means to join the COC’s Ensemble Studio, Canada’s premier training program for young opera professionals.

The audience was also treated to surprise musical performances by two of the stars of the COC’s current production of Verdi’s La Traviata: lauded Canadian soprano Joyce El-Khoury sang “Song to the Moon” from Dvořák’s Rusalka and “The Jewel Song” from Gounod’s Faust, and rising Canadian opera star, Ensemble Studio tenor Andrew Haji, sang “The Dream Song” from Massenet’s Manon. All were accompanied by the internationally acclaimed COC Orchestra, conducted by COC Music Director Johannes Debus, who also opened the evening of celebration with the overture to Rossini’s The Italian Girl in Algiers. The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, was also in attendance at Centre Stage and shared a few words from the stage before the competition winners were announced by COC General Director Alexander Neef.

“Since its inception in 2011, Centre Stage has become one of the most important annual events for the Canadian Opera Company and is quickly gaining a reputation as one of this country’s foremost vocal competitions. The reason why is clear after witnessing the performances by these talented singers from across Canada,” says COC General Director Alexander Neef. “There is an amazing operatic pedigree being cultivated in this country and Centre Stage is a celebration of that talent and the potential they have to enrich Canada’s artistic future.”

The eight finalists were selected from a pool of 120 applicants for the 2016/2017 COC Ensemble Studio. On November 3, the adjudication panel heard each finalist perform two arias accompanied by the COC Orchestra conducted by Debus. The first aria was sung before a private audience of select COC patrons and the second was before the larger Centre Stage public audience of 900 patrons. The adjudication panel was comprised of COC General Director Alexander Neef, COC Director of Music and Artistic Administration Roberto Mauro, Director of the COC Ensemble Studio and Orchestra Academy Nina Draganić, and Head of the COC Ensemble Studio Liz Upchurch, as well as Canadian soprano and Ensemble Studio Head Vocal Consultant Wendy Nielsen – also a graduate of the COC’s program.

In addition to competing for the four cash prizes, the finalists are hoping to secure a highly coveted position in the company’s 16/17 Ensemble Studio. The 2015 competition showcases the opera talent scouted by the COC from across the country on its national audition tour and features those artists from the final round of auditions for the prestigious program.

COC artistic staff will confirm the line-up of the 16/17 Ensemble Studio at a later date. The 16/17 Ensemble Studio members will join an illustrious program that, since its inception in 1980, has launched the careers of over 215 Canadian singers, opera coaches, stage directors and conductors, including Ben Heppner, Isabel Bayrakdarian, John Fanning, Wendy Nielsen, Joseph Kaiser, David Pomeroy, Krisztina Szabó and Lauren Segal.

The Ensemble Studio Competition finalists were generously outfitted by Hudson’s Bay Queen Street Store for their on-stage role at Centre Stage, and have been gifted with their competition attire for use in future performances. The women were gowned in styles from Betsy and Adam, Toni Plus and Xscape with shoes from Adrianna Papell, Clark’s, Calvin Klein and Dune. The men were dressed in suits from Calvin Klein and Strellson with shoes from Calvin Klein. This is the third year that the COC has partnered with Hudson’s Bay as part of an initiative to help prepare the artists for their professional opera careers.

During the pre-competition cocktail reception, Centre Stage guests enjoyed a sumptuous cheese and charcuterie spread by Cheese Boutique and a selection of wines from Peller Estates. Centre Stage guests also admired several new Mercedes-Benz vehicles on display in the Four Seasons Centre’s Isadore and Rosalie Sharp City Room.

Following the competition, over 320 Centre Stage dinner guests went on to enjoy an elegant formal dinner from the stage of the Four Seasons Centre, styled with set pieces from the COC’s acclaimed production of La Traviata currently being performed at the opera house. The production’s ballroom backdrop was the perfect setting for the lavish Centre Stage celebration as guests enjoyed a culinary experience prepared by critically acclaimed chef David Lee, a rare opportunity to enjoy his creations outside of dining at Nota Bene where Lee is the executive chef. Among the faces in the crowd were all the competition finalists, notable COC artists, Centre Stage hosts soprano Karine Boucher and tenor Charles Sy, key supporters of the opera company and the Lieutenant Governor, The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell.

A particularly special highlight of the Centre Stage dinner was a surprise performance by current members of the COC Ensemble Studio of two immensely popular operatic melodies. Sopranos Karine Boucher and Aviva Fortunata were featured in a charming duet, singing the “Barcarolle” from Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann accompanied by Hyejin Kwon on piano. Tenors Jean-Philippe Fortier-Lazure, Andrew Haji, Aaron Sheppard and Charles Sy then gave a moving rendition of “Nessun dorma” from Puccini’s Turandot, with piano accompaniment by Jennifer Szeto.

Proceeds from Centre Stage on November 3 were raised in support of the COC and will go towards the company’s Ensemble Studio.

ABOUT THE WINNERS

Emily D’Angelo, First prize/Chair’s Prize ($5,000) and Audience Choice Award ($1,500)
Arias performed: “Voi che sapete” from Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and “Contro un cor” from Rossini’s The Barber of Seville
Mezzo-soprano Emily D’Angelo grew up in Toronto and is in her final year of the bachelor of music in voice at the University of Toronto where she was the 2015 recipient of the Jim and Charlotte Norcop Prize in Song. Operatic credits include Sesto in Giulio Cesare (Halifax Summer Opera Festival); Nerone in L'incoronazione di Poppea; Annio in La clemenza di Tito (Centre for Opera Studies in Italy); Berta in The Barber of Seville (Opera York); and Cherubino in scenes from The Marriage of Figaro (UofT Opera). Ms. D’Angelo has participated in young artists programs at the Ravinia Festival, SongFest at Colburn, and Boston University Tanglewood Institute. She made her solo debut with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in 2011.

Lauren Eberwein, Second Prize ($3,000)
Arias performed: “Sein wir wieder gut” from Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos and “Parto, parto” from Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito
Qualicum Beach, BC native Lauren Eberwein studies at the Curtis Institute of Music and is a member of Opera Philadelphia’s Emerging Artist Program. Her credits include Baba the Turk in The Rake’s Progress, The Composer in Ariadne auf Naxos, Zita in Gianni Schicchi, Tisbe in La Cenerentola, Mère Marie in Dialogues des Carmélites, Second Lady in The Magic Flute, and Dido in Dido and Aeneas (Curtis Opera Theater), as well as Sorrel and Dodo in Double Exposure with Opera Philadelphia. She was a featured soloist with the Curtis Baroque Ensemble, and the Curtis and Maryland symphony orchestras. She also began her residency at The Marlboro Music Festival this summer. This season, she appears at Opera Philadelphia as Olivia in Cold Mountain and Clairon in Cappriccio, and makes her Carnegie Hall debut singing Handel's Israel in Egypt with the New York Choral Society.

Bruno Roy, Third Prize ($1,500)
Arias performed: “Bella siccome un angelo” from Donizetti’s Don Pasquale and “Hai già vinta la causa” from Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro
Montreal-born baritone Bruno Roy is currently studying for his master of music performance at McGill University, where he also received his bachelor’s degree. His recent operatic credits include Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro (Opera McGill); Matt in Crush (Banff Centre); L’Horloge/Le Chat in L’enfant et les sortilèges (Opera on the Avalon); Papageno in The Magic Flute (Blooming Voce Summer Opera Workshop); Masetto in Don Giovanni (FAVA Opera); and Raoul de Gardefeu in La Vie Parisienne (Opera Without Fences). In 2016, he appears as John Brooke in Little Women and Belcore in L’elisir d’amore at Opera McGill.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Platinum Sponsors: Peter M. Deeb, Mercedes-Benz Canada, RBC Emerging Artists Project

Opera Under 30 Sponsor: TD

Competition Supporter: Hal Jackman Foundation

Gold Sponsors: Brookfield Asset Management, Linden & Associates, Philip Deck and Kimberley Bozak, and Scotiabank

Artist Sponsors: Helen Burstyn & Family, Earlaine Collins, Ninalee Craig, Patrick Hodgson Family Foundation, Kiersten Taylor and Tim Loftsgard, and June Shaw and the late Dr. Ralph Shaw

Gala Sponsors: Paul Bernards, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, BloombergSen, BMO Financial Group, Marcia Lewis Brown, Burgundy Asset Management Limited, CIBC World Markets, Michael Gibbens and Julie Lassonde, Judy and Wilmot Matthews, Colleen Sexsmith and Unit Park

Prize Sponsors: First Prize (Chair’s Prize) – Colleen Sexsmith; Second Prize – ARIAS: Canadian Opera Student Development Fund; Third Prize – Tom C. Logan; Audience Choice Award – Classical 96.3 FM

Event Supporters: BT/A, Chairman Mills, Cheese Boutique, Classical 96.3 FM, DMF Flowers, Evoke Designs, Hilton Toronto, Hudson’s Bay, The Knot Group, Nota Bene, Toronto Life, Peller Estates, Turning Technologies, Wellington Printworks

About the Ensemble Studio Competition
The Ensemble Studio Competition features singers from the final round of auditions for the COC Ensemble Studio, Canada’s premier training program for young opera professionals, competing for cash prizes ranging in value from $1,500 – $5,000. The competition was launched in 2011 by COC General Director Alexander Neef to showcase the opera talent the COC had scouted from across the country and create a public platform for celebrating the future of opera in Canada.

With the creation of Centre Stage, the COC opened the Ensemble Studio Competition to an audience of over 1,000 opera lovers and interested guests as it moved from the intimate setting of the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre at the Four Seasons Centre to R. Fraser Elliott Hall. In 2013, the competition finalists were showcased as never before as they performed with an orchestra led by a world-renowned conductor from the mainstage of the COC’s opera house.

The annual Ensemble Studio audition process, open only to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, takes COC artistic staff across Canada for preliminary auditions, followed by a final callback audition at the COC’s Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Opera Centre in Toronto. It’s from this pool of singers that finalists are selected for the Ensemble Studio Competition.

About the COC Ensemble Studio
The COC Ensemble Studio is Canada’s premier training program for young opera professionals. Since the inception of the program in 1980, over 215 young professional Canadian singers, opera coaches, stage directors and conductors have acquired their first major professional operatic experience through the Ensemble Studio. Former members include Ben Heppner, Isabel Bayrakdarian, John Fanning, Wendy Nielsen, Joseph Kaiser, David Pomeroy, Lauren Segal and Krisztina Szabó.

The members of the Ensemble Studio are the COC’s resident artists and important ambassadors for the company. They receive a blend of advanced study and practical experience through an individually tailored, multi-year program, involving understudying and performing mainstage roles, intensive vocal coaching, language and acting studies, and career skills development, as well as participation in masterclasses with internationally renowned opera professionals.

The COC Ensemble Studio, underwritten in part by Peter M. Deeb, RBC Foundation and The Slaight Family Foundation, provides advanced instruction, hands-on experience, and career development opportunities. The Ensemble Studio is also supported by the Government of Canada, the Hal Jackman Foundation and other generous donors.

About the Canadian Opera Company
Based in Toronto, the Canadian Opera Company is the largest producer of opera in Canada and one of the largest in North America. The COC enjoys a loyal audience support-base and one of the highest attendance and subscription rates in North America. Under its leadership team of General Director Alexander Neef and Music Director Johannes Debus, the COC is increasingly capturing the opera world’s attention. The COC maintains its international reputation for artistic excellence and creative innovation by creating new productions within its diverse repertoire, collaborating with leading opera companies and festivals, and attracting the world’s foremost Canadian and international artists. The COC performs in its own opera house, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, hailed internationally as one of the finest in the world. Designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects, the Four Seasons Centre opened in 2006. For more information on the Canadian Opera Company, please visit its award-winning website, coc.ca.

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10/19/2015

SUPERHEROES AND FAIRY TALES OF OPERATIC PROPORTIONS ENGAGE YOUNG AUDIENCES ACROSS ONTARIO THIS FALL

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Toronto– From November 9 to December 6, 2015, the Canadian Opera Company’s annual Glencore Ensemble Studio School Tour gives 16,000 elementary students across Ontario the chance to experience live opera performed by professional opera singers. This year’s tour features two engaging productions, Operation Superpower and The Bremen Town Musicians, which will capture the imaginations of young audience members with their superhero and fairy tale themes.

“We are incredibly proud that for over 30 years the COC has been able to introduce thousands of young people to opera through the company’s annual school tours,” says COC General Director Alexander Neef. “For many students, the Glencore Ensemble Studio School Tour is their first exposure to the operatic art form or live performance of any kind. It is our hope that these early experiences will help create a new generation of opera fans.”

Operation Superpower and The Bremen Town Musicians are both staged by rising star Canadian director and Ensemble Studio graduate Ashlie Corcoran, and feature sets and costumes by multi-Dora Award-winning designer Camellia Koo. A new production intended for students in Kindergarten to Grade 3, Operation Superpower is an interactive adventure that takes students on an unforgettable quest to discover their own inner superhero. The Bremen Town Musicians, based on a timeless tale by the Brothers Grimm, returns to the school tour this year after delighting audiences in 2014 and is ideal for students in Kindergarten to Grade 6.

Both operas will be presented to the public on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at the Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Opera Centre (227 Front St. E., Toronto). Before each performance, audience members are invited to participate in hands-on activities related to the operas. Tickets to each opera are $15 for adults and $10 for children, and may be purchased at coc.ca/OperaForFamilies or by calling COC Ticket Services at 416-363-8231.

Operation Superpower and The Bremen Town Musicians are each 45 minutes in length and are performed in English, making them easily accessible for younger audiences. Each performance concludes with a 15-minute question-and-answer period with the cast and crew. These annual touring productions feature the rising young stars of the COC Ensemble Studio, Canada’s premier training program for young opera professionals.

A complete 2015 Glencore Ensemble Studio School Tour schedule is available upon request. The COC welcomes media coverage of school performances. Photographers and writers must advise the COC’s media relations team 48 hours before the performance of their attendance at the in-school presentation. The COC must advise the school before any media can attend. This is a legal requirement.

Operation Superpower by Armand Ranjbaran, Tobias Greenhalgh, John Brancy and Peter Dugan
Operation Superpower was originally created by four graduates of The Juilliard School: Armand Ranjbaran, Tobias Greenhalgh, John Brancy and Peter Dugan. An interactive show from start to finish, the opera empowers students to identify their own strengths and character traits, or “superpowers,” and encourages them to nurture these powers and use them to help others. This new COC production will also travel to Sudbury for four performances.

Creative Team
Director: Ashlie Corcoran
Music Director: Jennifer Szeto
Set and Costume Designer: Camellia Koo
Stage Manager: Lesley Abarquez

Superhero #1: Jean-Philippe Fortier-Lazure
Superhero #2: Erica Iris
Superhero #3: Aaron Sheppard

The Bremen Town Musicians by Dean Burry
Based on a fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, The Bremen Town Musicians is by acclaimed Canadian composer Dean Burry and was originally commissioned by Ottawa’s Opera Lyra in 2009. The opera tells the story of a donkey, a dog, a cat and a rooster who embark on a journey to find freedom and start a new life after being mistreated by their owners. This COC production was last performed in 2014.

Creative Team
Director: Ashlie Corcoran
Associate Director: Alison Wong
Music Director: Hyejin Kwon
Set and Costume Designer: Camellia Koo
Stage Manager: Michael Barrs

Donkey: Iain MacNeil
Dog: Charlotte Burrage
Cat: Aviva Fortunata
Rooster: Andrew Haji/Charles Sy
Robber (and others): Jan Vaculik

Acknowledgements

Glencore: Title sponsor of the Glencore Ensemble Studio School Tour

The 2015 Glencore Ensemble Studio School Tour is booked through the COC’s arts education and touring partner, Prologue to the Performing Arts.

The COC Ensemble Studio, underwritten in part by Peter M. Deeb, RBC Foundation and The Slaight Family Foundation, is Canada’s premier training program for young opera professionals and provides advanced instruction, hands-on experience, and career development opportunities. The Ensemble Studio is also supported by the Government of Canada, the Hal Jackman Foundation and other generous donors.

About the Canadian Opera Company
Based in Toronto, the Canadian Opera Company is the largest producer of opera in Canada and one of the largest in North America. The COC enjoys a loyal audience support-base and one of the highest attendance and subscription rates in North America. Under its leadership team of General Director Alexander Neef and Music Director Johannes Debus, the COC is increasingly capturing the opera world’s attention. The COC maintains its international reputation for artistic excellence and creative innovation by creating new productions within its diverse repertoire, collaborating with leading opera companies and festivals, and attracting the world’s foremost Canadian and international artists. The COC performs in its own opera house, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, hailed internationally as one of the finest in the world. Designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects, the Four Seasons Centre opened in 2006. For more information on the COC, visit its award-winning website, coc.ca.

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For more information or to request photographs of the school tour productions, please contact:

Kristin McKinnon, Assistant Publicist, tel: 416-306-2383, e-mail: kmckinnon@coc.ca
Jennifer Pugsley, Media Relations Manager, tel: 416-306-2303, e-mail: jenniferp@coc.ca

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10/6/2015

COC’s Centre Stage Supports and Showcases Young Opera Talent

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Canada’s Newest Opera Stars Compete on World Stage on November 3

TORONTO, October 6, 2015 — On November 3, 2015, the Canadian Opera Company presents its largest fundraiser of the season, the return of the wildly successful Centre Stage: Ensemble Studio Competition. This annual event is once again poised to dazzle 1,000 opera lovers in a one-night-only operatic extravaganza held at the acclaimed Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

Centre Stage shines a spotlight on Canada’s future opera stars through a fierce vocal competition featuring the young singers being considered for a privileged spot in the COC’s distinguished training program, the Ensemble Studio. Hosting Centre Stage this year are, for the first time, the competition’s previous winners: soprano Karine Boucher and tenor Charles Sy, both current members of the COC Ensemble Studio. These two rising opera talents will oversee the evening’s vocal fireworks, with performances given by each finalist as well as a surprise musical guest, before patrons continue the festivities with a lavish dinner by celebrated Nota Bene Executive Chef David Lee on the stage of Canada’s first purpose-built opera house.

Centre Stage competitors represent the best of Canada’s promising opera talent, handpicked from cross-country auditions for the COC Ensemble Studio, currently underway. The Ensemble Studio is Canada’s premier training program for young opera professionals and has nurtured and fostered the careers of over 215 young professional Canadian singers, opera coaches, stage directors and conductors since the program’s founding in 1980. Former members of the COC Ensemble Studio include Ben Heppner, Isabel Bayrakdarian, John Fanning, Wendy Nielsen, Joseph Kaiser, David Pomeroy, Lauren Segal and Krisztina Szabó. All funds raised through Centre Stage directly benefit this distinguished program.

“Centre Stage is a great night for celebrating Canadian artists,” says Centre Stage host, and 2013 competition winner, soprano Karine Boucher. “I remember when I sang at Centre Stage in 2013 I had a feeling of being a part of something bigger, something special that makes the soul feel great.”

Centre Stage co-host, and 2014 competition winner, tenor Charles Sy has this sage advice for the young artists following in his and Boucher’s footsteps, “Acknowledge that all you can do is give what you can in that particular moment and trust that it’s enough.”

The finalists take to the stage of the Four Seasons Centre on November 3, accompanied by the full COC Orchestra conducted by distinguished COC Music Director Johannes Debus. Each singer will perform an aria of their choosing and be evaluated on their stage presence as well as vocal range and technique by the COC’s esteemed panel of judges. First, second and third place winners will come away from the competitive vocal showcase with cash prizes of $5,000, $3,000, and $1,500, respectively. The audience will also have the opportunity to cast a vote and select the winner of the Audience Choice Award, valued at $1,500.

"We bring the most talented young opera singers in the country to the Four Seasons Centre for Centre Stage. It’s a showcase of an incredible richness of young Canadian vocal talent that you won’t find anywhere else, and that’s what makes Centre Stage so special,” says COC General Director Alexander Neef. “I am thrilled by the growth of the competition. Now in its third year as a gala fundraiser, Centre Stage has become a highly-anticipated highlight of the fall season for our patrons. Regardless of one’s familiarity with the art form, Centre Stage offers an exhilarating night at the opera."

The competition is followed by an intimate on-stage dinner with cuisine specially designed and sourced for the evening by David Lee, the critically acclaimed executive chef of Toronto’s Nota Bene restaurant. The COC also continues its partnership with Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) to dress Centre Stage finalists for their on-stage debuts in captivating, contemporary concert attire. The evening is presided over by co-chairs Helen Burstyn and Tim Loftsgard.

Tickets to Centre Stage are $100 for the cocktail reception and vocal competition. On-stage dinner tickets start at $1,500. Tickets are available online at www.coc.ca, by calling 416-363- 8231, or in person at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts Box Office, located at 145 Queen St. W., Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visit COCCentreStage.ca for more information. Specially priced $35 tickets are also available for patrons between the ages of 16 and 29 through Opera Under 30 sponsored by TD Bank Group.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
Platinum Sponsors: Mercedes-Benz Canada, Peter M. Deeb, RBC Emerging Artists Project

Opera Under 30 Sponsor: TD Bank Group

Gold Sponsors: Brookfield Asset Management, Linden & Associates

ABOUT THE ENSEMBLE STUDIO COMPETITION
The Ensemble Studio Competition features singers from the final round of auditions for the COC Ensemble Studio, Canada’s premier training program for young opera professionals, competing for cash prizes ranging in value from $1,500 – $5,000. The competition was launched in 2011 by COC General Director Alexander Neef to showcase the opera talent the COC had scouted from across the country and create a public platform for celebrating the future of opera in Canada. With the creation of Centre Stage in 2013, the COC introduced the Ensemble Studio Competition to an audience of over 1,000 opera lovers and interested guests. The competition showcases finalists like never before as they perform from the mainstage of the COC’s world-renown opera house, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, accompanied by the acclaimed COC Orchestra led by COC Music Director Johannes Debus. The annual Ensemble Studio audition process, open only to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, takes COC artistic staff across Canada and into the U.S. for preliminary auditions in Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto and New York, followed by a final callback audition at the COC’s Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Opera Centre in Toronto. It’s from this pool of singers that finalists are selected for the Ensemble Studio Competition.

ABOUT THE COC ENSEMBLE STUDIO
The COC Ensemble Studio is Canada’s premier training program for young opera professionals. Since the inception of the program in 1980, over 215 young professional Canadian singers, opera coaches, stage directors and conductors have acquired their first major professional operatic experience through the Ensemble Studio. Former members include Ben Heppner, Isabel Bayrakdarian, John Fanning, Wendy Nielsen, Joseph Kaiser, David Pomeroy, Lauren Segal and Krisztina Szabó. The members of the Ensemble Studio are the COC’s resident artists and important ambassadors for the company. They receive a blend of advanced study and practical experience through an individually tailored, multi-year program, involving understudying and performing mainstage roles, intensive vocal coaching, language and acting studies, and career skills development, as well as participation in masterclasses with internationally renowned opera professionals.

ABOUT THE CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY
Based in Toronto, the Canadian Opera Company is the largest producer of opera in Canada and one of the largest in North America. The COC enjoys a loyal audience support-base and one of the highest attendance and subscription rates in North America. Under its leadership team of General Director Alexander Neef and Music Director Johannes Debus, the COC is increasingly capturing the opera world’s attention. The COC maintains its international reputation for artistic excellence and creative innovation by creating new productions within its diverse repertoire, collaborating with leading opera companies and festivals, and attracting the world’s foremost Canadian and international artists. The COC performs in its own opera house, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, hailed internationally as one of the finest in the world. Designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects, the Four Seasons Centre opened in 2006. For more information on the Canadian Opera Company, please visit its award-winning website, coc.ca.

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