Toronto – The Canadian
Opera Company presents a production described as “modern music theatre you
mustn’t miss” (Chicago Tribune) this
winter season when it performs Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s last opera, La clemenza di Tito, directed by Christopher Alden. Conducting some of opera’s most sublime music
is the dynamic young maestro Daniel Cohen in his company debut, leading
an acclaimed ensemble cast that features internationally renowned Canadian tenor
Michael Schade and Metropolitan Opera regular American mezzo-soprano Isabel
Leonard. La clemenza di Tito is
sung in Italian with English SURTITLES™ and was last performed by the COC in
1991. It runs for nine performances at the Four Seasons Centre for the
Performing Arts on February 3, 6*, 7, 9, 11, 13, 16, 19 and 22, 2013.
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CELEBRATED CANADIAN TENOR BEN HEPPNER MAKES HIGHLY ANTICIPATED RETURN TO COC MAINSTAGE IN A SIGNATURE ROLE
Toronto – The Canadian Opera Company opens its winter season with one of music history’s most influential works, Richard Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde. The COC’s 2013 presentation of Tristan und Isolde marks legendary director Peter Sellars’ company debut and the first time his original, awe-inspiring production has appeared in North America. This multi-sensory experience features video imagery by internationally renowned video artist Bill Viola, who “has come up with an image of the scale and scope, grandeur and immensity, and genuine transcendence that Wagner was imagining,” says Sellars. COC Music Director Johannes Debus, who conducts his first production of Tristan und Isolde, leads the COC Orchestra and Chorus through Wagner’s epic masterpiece as well as an acclaimed cast led by celebrated Canadian tenor Ben Heppner in a role for which critics have hailed him as “the great Tristan of this generation” (Associated Press). Last seen at the COC in 1987, Tristan und Isolde returns for seven performances at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts on January 29, February 2, 8, 14, 17, 20 and 23, 2013, and is sung in German with English SURTITLES™.
CONDUCTING AND CAST CHANGES TO COC’S WINTER PRODUCTIONS OF TRISTAN UND ISOLDE, LA CLEMENZA DI TITO AND SPRING PRODUCTION OF SALOME
Toronto – Canadian Opera Company Music Director Johannes Debus conducts his first Tristan und Isolde when he leads the COC Orchestra and Chorus this winter in the company’s production of Wagner’s epic masterpiece. He replaces Jiří Bělohlávek, who has regrettably withdrawn due to health reasons.