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11/4/2016

VANCOUVER’S SIMONE MCINTOSH WINS TOP PRIZE AT CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY'S ANNUAL VOCAL COMPETITION

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TorontoSimone McIntosh of Vancouver took home First Prize (the Chair’s Prize) at the Canadian Opera Company's annual Ensemble Studio Competition on November 3, 2016 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. The competition is the feature event of the COC gala fundraiser Centre Stage, an annual celebration of Canada’s emerging operatic voices. McIntosh was selected from seven finalists to receive the $5,000 award, supported annually by the Chair of the COC’s Board of Directors. Samuel Chan of Calgary won the Second Prize of $3,000, and Geoffrey Schellenberg of Vancouver was awarded the Third Prize of $1,500. Myriam Leblanc from St-Lazare, Quebec was the winner of the Audience Choice Award, worth $1,500.

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10/17/2016

SEVEN CANADIAN SINGERS COMPETE IN COC’S ANNUAL VOCAL SHOWCASE AT CENTRE STAGE GALA FUNDRAISER

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Toronto - The Canadian Opera Company has selected seven finalists from across the country to showcase in this year’s exhilarating vocal competition at its annual gala fundraiser, Centre Stage, on November 3, 2016. Selected from a pool of 119 aspiring Canadian opera singers, the final seven will take to the stage of Toronto’s Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts to perform selected arias in the hopes of securing a cash prize, ranging in value from $1,500 – $5,000, and a highly coveted invitation to join Canada’s premier training program for young opera professionals, the COC Ensemble Studio.

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10/14/2016

ECO-CONSCIOUS OPERA SECOND NATURE RECEIVES CANADIAN PREMIERE WITH COC’S ENSEMBLE STUDIO SCHOOL TOUR

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Rising star composer Matthew Aucoin’s opera to reach 10,000 young people across Ontario

Toronto – This fall, Second Nature, a thought-provoking opera with an environmental message, receives its Canadian premiere with the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio School Tour. Nearly 10,000 young people will experience live opera in their own communities when the touring production visits schools across Ontario from November 10 to December 4, 2016, and is presented in one public performance taking place on November 27 in Toronto.

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