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4/24/2013

COC APPOINTS TWO NEW SENIOR STAFF POSTIONS

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Toronto – Alexander Neef, General Director of the Canadian Opera Company, announced today two new senior staff positions: Director of Production and Chief Advancement Officer.  Peter W. Lamb has been hired as Director of Production, and Christie Darville, the COC’s current Director of Development, has been promoted to Chief Advancement Officer.  The two new positions reflect the increased emphasis the COC is placing on both its artistic output and fundraising efforts.

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3/18/2013

ACCLAIMED CANADIAN DIRECTOR ROBERT CARSEN BRINGS DIALOGUES DES CARMÉLITES, ONE OF OPERA’S GREAT THEATRICAL ACHIEVEMENTS, TO THE COC

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Toronto - The Canadian Opera Company closes its 2012/2013 season with a production of Francis Poulenc’s operatic masterpiece, Dialogues des Carmélites, described by Variety as “subtle, yet gut-wrenching.”  Internationally renowned Canadian director Robert Carsen returns to the COC for a third consecutive season to direct a cast of 161 performers, led by three Canadian opera stars: Isabel Bayrakdarian, Adrianne Pieczonka and Judith Forst.  COC Music Director Johannes Debus makes his fourth conducting appearance of the 12/13 season leading his first Dialogues des Carmélites.  He conducts the COC Orchestra and Chorus through what is considered to be Poulenc’s most haunting score and a work that contains one of opera’s most devastating and unforgettable final scenes.  Dialogues des Carmélites is sung in French with English SURTITLES™.  Last performed by the COC in 1997, the opera returns to the company for eight performances at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts on May 8, 11, 14, 17, 19, 21, 23 and 25, 2013.

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3/6/2013

CELEBRATED CANADIAN DIRECTOR ATOM EGOYAN RETURNS TO THE COC WITH HIS ACCLAIMED PRODUCTION OF RICHARD STRAUSS’S VISCERAL AND SHOCKING OPERA, SALOME

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Toronto – The Canadian Opera Company’s 2013 spring season marks the return of celebrated Canadian director Atom Egoyan with his searing, critically acclaimed COC production of Richard Strauss’s Salome.  At the opera’s 1905 premiere, the audience and critics were shocked by its subject matter and erotic themes; Salome’s world of voyeurism and sexual abuse still elicits an equally visceral response today.  In past presentations of this production, in 1996 and 2002, the COC’s Salome was described as a “brilliant modern day interpretation” (Classical 96 FM) that is “marvelously wicked and wickedly marvelous,” (The Globe and Mail) and “relevant to a 21st-century audience” (NOW Magazine).  COC Music Director Johannes Debus conducts his third opera of the season for the company when he leads the COC Orchestra through Strauss’s intoxicating music.  Sung in German with English SURTITLES™, Salome runs for eight performances at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts on April 21, 27, May 1, 4, 7, 10, 16 and 22, 2013.

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