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Toronto – Today at the Canadian Opera Company’s Annual General Meeting, COC Board President Philip C. Deck announced the COC achieved another successful performance year in 2010/2011, recording a modest surplus of $10,000. In its fifth season at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, the COC generated ticket revenue of $12.3 million and recorded an average attendance of 94%.
“In a year in which virtually every arts organization in North America visibly suffered, the COC balanced its books and achieved a very impressive attendance capacity of 94%,” said COC Board President Philip C. Deck. “For this we remain extremely grateful to the thousands of patrons and donors as well as our public and private sponsors who support the COC in the belief that the art we create improves and informs everyone’s lives.”
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PERFORMANCES BY RUFUS WAINWRIGHT AND AUSTRA WITH COC ENSEMBLE STUDIO MEMBERS KEY HIGHLIGHTS FOR GUESTS
Toronto, Oct. 28, 2011 – On Friday, Oct. 21, the bar for charity balls was raised at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts as the scene of Operanation 8: A Muse Ball unfolded with more than 1,000 guests. The magical evening raised $100,000 for the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio, Canada’s premier training program for young opera professionals.
As part of a special opera residency in Sudbury and Timmins this year, the Xstrata Ensemble Studio School Tour will offer introductory workshops to schools receiving a performance of Isis and the Seven Scorpions. Elementary school children will take part in Introduction to Opera workshops led by the opera’s composer Dean Burry, and high school students will take part in Introduction to Directing workshops led by the production’s director Ashlie Corcoran. The Northern Ontario Regional Arts Conference will also feature a professional development workshop for educators on how to use opera in the classroom, led by Corcoran.