As COC General Director Alexander Neef has said, "Building the opera house was a great achievement, but now it asks for an even greater achievement."
The COC’s new brand has a fresh look defined by simplicity, functionality and white space. The bold symbol of the logo represents both the intertwined "COC" letterforms as well as a timeless infinity symbol. As a palindrome, the logo reads both left-to-right and right-to-left. It nods to the COC’s history while looking ambitiously to the future, with opera always at its core. It serves both as a solid logo and also works knocked-out with imagery within it. It works equally well as a graphic feature for backgrounds.
"I am very pleased with the COC’s new look which will be unveiled over the course of the next several months," says Alexander Neef. "We are very grateful to Endeavour Marketing for helping us visually express our confidence and excitement for the future."
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Nixon in China had its world premiere at Houston Grand Opera in 1987, followed quickly by performances at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Netherlands Opera. One of the major operas of the 20th century, Nixon in China has spawned numerous productions that have been received all over the world, and, along with Philip Glass’s Einstein on the Beach, is considered one of the cornerstones of American Minimalist music.
The COC premiere of Nixon in China brings together several cast members who have appeared in this production since its first staging at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis in 2004. Hailed by critics in his “sensational portrayal of Richard Nixon” (Houston Chronicle) is leading American baritone Robert Orth, last seen with the COC in 1990’s The Barber of Seville, and American soprano Maria Kanyova revisits her critically-acclaimed role as Pat Nixon in her COC debut. New to this production, and the COC, is British tenor Adrian Thompson as Chairman Mao, who previously sang this role with English National Opera. Baritone Chen-Ye Yuan appears with the COC for the first time, revisiting the role of Premier Chou En-lai. American bass-baritone Thomas Hammons makes his COC debut portraying Nixon’s diplomatic advisor Henry Kissinger, a role he created for the opera’s world premiere, and subsequently performed in Amsterdam, Paris, Frankfurt and Los Angeles. Making her COC and role debut as Madame Mao is American soprano Marisol Montalvo, whose stage and vocal presence has made her a regular performer with many of the world’s finest opera houses.
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