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Toronto – The Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio, Canada’s premier training program for young opera
professionals, welcomes four talented new Canadian artists for the 2014/2015 season. Soprano Karine Boucher, tenor
Jean-Philippe Fortier-Lazure and bass-baritone Iain MacNeil were among the nine finalists featured in the third
annual Ensemble Studio Competition in November 2013. Boucher, Fortier-Lazure and MacNeil were top prize
winners at the competitive vocal showcase which was the feature event of the COC’s inaugural Ensemble Studio
Competition Gala, Centre Stage, an evening dedicated to the discovery and celebration of the next generation of opera
stars. In addition to the three opera singers, the 14/15 Ensemble Studio welcomes pianist Jennifer Szeto.
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Toronto – On Friday, February 7, 2014 at 7:30 p.m., the spotlight shines on the rising stars of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio
when they take to the mainstage of the Four Seasons Centre for the
Performing Arts. They present their own special performance of Mozart’s
wry romantic comedy, Così fan tutte. This
production is sung in Italian with English SURTITLES™ and all tickets to
the Ensemble Studio performance are accessibly priced at $25 or $55.
Toronto – The Canadian Opera Company expands its training program for young opera professionals this January with the launch of the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra Academy. Developed in collaboration with the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music and the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music, the COC Orchestra Academy is a mentorship program led by COC Music Director Johannes Debus offering student musicians professional insight and experience in their pursuit of a career in an opera orchestra.
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