Toronto – The Canadian Opera Company has completed yet another successful performance year as it closes the 2010/2011 season, an occasion that also commemorates the fifth anniversary of Canada’s first purpose-built opera house, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. Since the opening of the
Four Seasons Centre in June 2006, the COC has become one of the five largest producers of opera in North America.
In the last five years, the COC has presented three world premieres, (Swoon, 2006; Isis and the Seven Scorpions, 2006; The Nightingale and Other Short Fables, 2009), three Canadian premieres (Ring Cycle, 2006; War and Peace, 2008; Maria Stuarda, 2010) and five COC premieres (From the House of the Dead, 2008; Rusalka, 2009; A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 2009; Nixon in China, 2011; Orfeo ed Euridice, 2011), as well as added 15 new productions to its repertoire (Das Rheingold, 2006; Swoon, 2006; Isis and the Seven Scorpions 2006; Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, 2007; Don Carlos, 2007; Tosca, 2008; From the House of the Dead, 2008; War and Peace, 2008; Fidelio, 2009; A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 2009; The Nightingale and Other Short Fables, 2009; Otello, 2010; Idomeneo, 2010; Aida, 2010; The Magic Flute, 2011). Over the same period of time, 214 Canadian and international artists (singers, dancers, designers, directors, conductors, choreographers) have made their debuts with the COC.
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129,450: patrons attended the COC’s seven mainstage productions in the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.
12,271: people under the age of 30 attended the COC’s mainstage productions in the Four Seasons Centre.
3,936: kilometres estimated travelled by the COC’s Xstrata Ensemble Studio School in order to present its touring productions of Isis and the Seven Scorpions and Cinderella for school children across Ontario.
3,888: votes cast at facebook.com/canadianoperacompany for the 60 entries in the COC’s Cinderella Outfit Challenge.
549: people took part in tours of the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts and/or the Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Opera Centre, the COC’s administrative and rehearsal building.
400: school children and community members in Salluit and Kangiqsujuaq saw the COC’s Xstrata Ensemble Studio School Tour production of Cinderella as part of a specially arranged trip to these Inuit communities in the Nunavik region of northern Quebec.
154: PV solar panels make up the new solar panel roof installed at the COC scene shop in fall 2010.
79: free events as part of the COC’s Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre attended by an estimated 15,000 people.
63: Canadian and international artists (singers, dancers, directors, conductors, choreographers, designers) made their debuts in a COC production.
12: dollars is how little it costs to attend a mainstage performance of the COC with the introduction of standing room tickets in the 10/11 season.
11: Dora Mavor Moore nominations for COC productions in the 10/11 season.
7: honeybee hives were installed in May 2011 on the roof of the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. The COC previously only had two bee hives on the Four Seasons Centre roof.
4: near-capacity performances of The Nightingale and Other Short Fables at the world-renowned Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in March 2011.
3: annual fundraising events held by the COC netted $360,000 thanks to the generosity of its loyal donors and supporters: $110,000 from Operanation 7; $110,000 from the 12th annual Fine Wine Auction and $140,000 through the COC’s 17th annual golf tournament, the KPMG Opera Golf Classic.
2: new productions were added to the COC’s repertoire: Aida and The Magic Flute
Toronto, Ontario – For the first time in the history of the Canadian Opera Company, the final auditions for singers seeking to join the Ensemble Studio training program will be made public through the launch of an annual vocal competition. The inaugural COC Ensemble Studio Competition takes place on Nov. 28, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, with the winners garnering offers of highly-prized positions in the 2012/2013 Ensemble Studio.
"The COC is committed to developing the next generation of Canadian opera stars," COC General Director Alexander Neef notes. "Over its 30-year history, the Ensemble Studio has allowed young Canadian artists to receive internationally competitive training while staying in their home country, which we recognize as crucial to the development of the art form in Canada. With the creation of the Ensemble Studio Competition, the public is invited to be a part of the singers' professional journeys from the very beginning as it shines a spotlight on emerging artists in a substantial and significant way."