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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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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.
Toronto – The Canadian Opera Company is pleased to present two Toronto public performances of this year’s Xstrata Ensemble Studio School Tour production of Hansel and Gretel, a child-friendly adaptation of the original full-length opera, based on the classic fairytale by the Brothers Grimm. Sung in English, the school tour version of Hansel and Gretel contains amusing characters and enchanting music that will have young audiences spellbound. The two public performances take place at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011 at theJoey and Toby Tanenbaum Opera Centre (227 Front St. E.).
Forty-five minutes prior to each performance, COC artists, educators and staff will lead children through creative arts and interactive activities inspired by Hansel and Gretel. Young people attending the performances may also participate in an Introduction to Opera workshop with critically acclaimed Canadian composer Dean Burry, creator of the COC’s school tour opera Isis and the Seven Scorpions and the children’s opera The Hobbit.