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.
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Toronto, April 17, 2012 – In celebration of Asian Heritage Month, the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto (CCC) has partnered with the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), the Canadian Opera Company (COC) and the Sony Centre For The Performing Arts to present EAST MEETS WEST – A Cultural Extravaganzaon Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. Taking place at the Chinese Cultural Centre (5183 Sheppard Ave. E., Toronto), this admission-free event previews three upcoming exciting cultural events in Toronto this year, namely Zhang Huan: Ash Paintings and Memory Doors at the AGO (May 5 – Aug. 19), Semele at the COC (May 9 – 26) and the National Chinese Acrobats with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony at the Sony Centre For the Performing Arts (May 12), and features live classical music, opera, dance and acrobatic performances as well as a hands-on community art-making activity.
The May 3 gala will start with traditional Chinese dragon and lion dances. The 50-member Ontario Cross Cultural Music Society Youth Orchestra will showcase instrumentals and medley as part of the 15th anniversary celebration of Hong Kong's return to China. Renowned soprano Angela Zheng will collaborate with the Orchestra. Acclaimed virtuoso player Wendy Zhao will display her dexterity and percussive skills on Pipa. The finale will be a Chinese dance performance.