Toronto, Ontario � The Canadian Opera Company (COC) is proud to be invited to perform the U.S. premiere of its spectacular production of Robert Lepage's The Nightingale and Other Short Fables at the world-renowned Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in March, 2011. The opera, set to the music of Stravinsky, is directed by Robert Lepage and will be conducted by COC Music Director Johannes Debus. This is the only U.S. engagement to date, and is scheduled at the Howard Gilman Opera House (30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn, NY) for only four performances on March 1, 3, 4, and 6, 2011
�We are incredibly honoured to have been invited to take part in BAM's fantastic spring season, and to present such a beautiful and original production at the festival,� says Alexander Neef, General Director of the COC. �The COC was last at BAM in 1993 with Robert Lepage's production of Bluebeard's Castle/Erwartung, and we are so glad to be back with another new Lepage creation.�
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Toronto, Ontario � Popular Canadian rockers Broken Social Scene will add an indie twist as musical guests at the Canadian Opera Company's annual fundraising party, Operanation VII, Cinderella: Rock the Ball taking place on Friday, October 29, 2010. Held in the crystalline Isadore and Rosalie Sharp City Room of the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, this must-attend event of the year brings together classic culture and young urban professionals from diverse career, social, and business circles, who share a passion for the arts. This year's exclusive cocktail reception celebrates Rossini's opera, La Cenerentola, and puts a very modern spin on the traditional Opera Ball. Guests of Operanation VII, Cinderella: Rock the Ball will enjoy a night of dancing, rousing live entertainment, specialty cocktails and fine cuisine catered by Rose Reisman Catering.
Performing opera mash-ups with members of the Canadian Opera Company's Ensemble Studio, Broken Social Scene headlines the live entertainment at Operanation VII, Cinderella: Rock the Ball, giving indie rock makeovers to well-known opera favourites. At the stroke of midnight, guests will be treated to a performance by rising Canadian star and innovative singer Clara Venice.
Guests can participate in a silent auction, bidding on luxury and specialty items such as: a seven-day stay at a villa in Provence; a weekend at the Ritz-Carlton, Toronto; a year-long rental of a Steinway & Sons baby grand piano; a Bulgari stainless steel watch; four tickets to a Toronto Maple Leafs game; restaurant and theatre packages; and much more.
Operanation VII, Cinderella: Rock the Ball begins at 9 p.m. and tickets are $150 per person. The VIP dinner and early bird tickets are already sold out, and tickets to the cocktail reception are selling quickly. Tickets can be purchased online at operanation.ca or by calling 416-306-2364.
Previous COC Operanation events have attracted over 4,000 attendees and have raised almost $400,000 with all proceeds benefiting the Canadian Opera Company and its Education and Outreach Programs.
Presenting sponsor for Operanation VII: TD Canada Trust
Official Fragrance Sponsor for Operanation VII: COTY
Friday, September 24, 2010: 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. � Doors open at 7 p.m. Free Concert featuring artists of the COC and Music Director Johannes Debus Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre The COC presents a one-hour concert of opera favourites featuring artists of the COC. At the end of the concert, Music Director Johannes Debus will lead the audience in a sing-along of two famous operatic choruses: Va pensiero from Verdi's opera Nabucco, and the Anvil Chorus from Verdi's Il Trovatore. Audience members are invited to experience what it is like to be an opera singer and the work that goes into learning an operatic score by visiting coc.ca/ExploreAndLearn.aspx to make use of various online learning tools including links to free versions of piano vocal scores, an audio recording of the Italian texts, pronunciation guides, and links to YouTube clips of the choruses. No singing experience required. Seating is limited and is first-come, first-served.
Culture Days is a collaborative pan-Canadian volunteer movement happening September 24, 25, 26, 2010 to raise the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities. For more information on Culture Days please visit www.culturedays.ca or to learn more about the COC's participation, please visit coc.ca/ExploreAndLearn.aspx or call Education and Outreach Assistant Gillian Story at 416-306-2392.