Toronto – The Canadian Opera Company hosts its second annual Ensemble Studio Competition on November 29, 2012 in the intimate Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. The Ensemble Studio Competition is the final round of national auditions for the COC Ensemble Studio, Canada’s premier training program for young opera professionals. On November 29, Canada’s finest young opera singers will compete in front of a public audience for four cash prizes and the offer of a coveted position in the 2013/2014 Ensemble Studio.
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Toronto – The Canadian Opera Company has closed another successful opera season with 2011/2012 recording an average attendance of 91%. A total of 125,238 patrons attended the 67 performances of the company’s seven mainstage productions in the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts: Gluck’s Iphigenia in Tauris, Verdi’s Rigoletto, Puccini’s Tosca, Saariaho’s Love from Afar, Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann, the double bill of Zemlinsky’s A Florentine Tragedy and Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, and Handel’s Semele.
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Toronto – The young artists of the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio take on the lead roles in their own performance of George Frideric Handel’s Semele on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. This special performance is a valuable and exciting step in developing the next generation of Canadian opera stars as they take to the mainstage in this “scenically stunning” (New York Times) production by famed Chinese visual and performance artist Zhang Huan. All tickets are accessibly priced at only $22 or $55.
Under the direction of the same artistic team as the mainstage cast, including conductor Rinaldo Alessandrini, director and set designer Zhang Huan and costume designer Han Feng, the artists of the Ensemble Studio perform Semele with the full COC Orchestra and Chorus.