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Toronto – The Canadian Opera Company’s award-winning website has taken its first steps to becoming an online resource for opera in Canada with the launch of COC Radio. Through this exciting new venture, visitors to coc.ca will now be able to find, in one place, a variety of audio and digital features available for downloading and live streaming, all aimed at exploring an opera and its background as well as the artists appearing with the COC.
Among the features accessible through COC Radio, visitors can listen to recordings of productions by the COC’s broadcast partner CBC Radio 2; enjoy interviews with singers and members of a production’s creative team; listen to podcasts of COC-hosted talks, from pre-performance opera chats to Opera 101; and go through listening guides on an opera and watch specially-created production videos. COC Radio will be updated with new interviews, recordings and videos on an ongoing basis. Currently available for viewing are all interviews, recordings and videos from the COC’s 2010/2011 season as well as those podcasts and video interviews that have been created for Iphigenia in Tauris and Rigoletto as part of the 2011/2012 season.
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Toronto – Canadian breakthrough band Austra has joined the entertainment lineup for the Canadian Opera Company’s annual fundraising party, Operanation 8: A Muse Ball. One of the hottest new dance-pop bands in the world, Austra will play to the event’s young philanthropic set at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts on Oct. 21, 2011, with a crowd of more than 1,000 anticipated to attend. Austra joins Canadian superstar Rufus Wainwright as the featured musical guests at Operanation 8, the must-attend arts fundraiser of the fall social season.
Fitting with the event’s thematic thread of the “muse,” Austra could be considered a muse all its own, inspiring many with the fast-rising success of their debut album, “Feel It Break,” released earlier this year. The trio – vocalist Katie Stelmanis, drummer Maya Postepski and bassist Dorian Wolf – has quickly gained recognition, regularly selling out concerts in Canada and abroad, with music they describe as suitable for both ritual incantations and clubs. The sound of “Feel It Break” hearkens back to the sleazier side of New Wave while still being deeply rooted in Stelmanis’s classical and operatic upbringing.
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