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This summer, The Banff Centre will partner with Toronto’s Against the Grain Theatre and the Canadian Opera Company for a new performance training program that will take opera off the stage and into the community.
"The Banff Centre has been involved in developing the next generation of opera stars for more than 50 years and this summer we introduce a new and innovative development model for artists with an eye to the future of opera in Canada and internationally," said Carolyn Warren, Vice President, Arts at The Banff Centre. “We’re thrilled to partner with Canadian Opera Company and Against the Grain, organizations that represent both foundation and experiment in this vital art form.”
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Toronto – The Canadian Opera Company unveiled a season dominated by the most important, respected and
talked-about artists working on the operatic world stage today at a public launch of its 2014/2015 season at the
Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.
The company’s 64th season is comprised entirely of COC productions, featuring three new productions, developed
in partnership with other premier opera companies, and revivals of three classic COC works that have defined the
company’s reputation for artistic excellence and innovation. The COC presents Giuseppe Verdi’s Falstaff in a new
COC production, a revival of its beloved production of Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Wolfgang Amadeus
Mozart’s Don Giovanni in a new COC creation, the revival of its acclaimed staging of Richard Wagner’s Die
Walküre, Gioacchino Rossini’s The Barber of Seville in a new COC production, and the return of the COC’s
iconic double-bill of Béla Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle and Arnold Schoenberg’s Erwartung.
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.