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Raise a Glass to COC's 12th Annual Fine Wine Auction

Toronto, Ontario –The Canadian Opera Company’s 12th annual Fine Wine Auction brings 300 enthusiasts together to bid on almost a quarter of a million dollars worth of hard-to-find fine wines on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at the trendy Crush Wine Bar (455 King St. W.) in Toronto. 

CTV reporter Paul Bliss hosts this year’s lavish, libatious event which features an impressive assortment of wines that have a total value of more than $212,000.  A pre-auction cocktail at 6 p.m. begins the April 7th festivities and the live auction starts at 7 p.m.  Leading the charge will be Stephen Ranger, Toronto’s best known auctioneer, negotiating the bidding over these exquisite wines from private collections including:

  • 1966, 1970, 1976, 1983 Château Lafite Rothschild
  • 1970, 1976, 1981, 1983 Château Latour
  • 1966, 1982, 1986, 1995 Château Margaux
  • 1999 Château d’Yquem
  • 1994, 2003 Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 1995, 1998, 2003 Harlan Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2004 Ornellaia Masseto

In addition to bidding on exclusive wines, guests can indulge in an irresistible array of culinary delicacies, chocolates, cheeses and tasting wines, and can participate in a silent auction featuring items such as theatre experiences, restaurant gift certificates, winery tours, hotel accommodations, a helicopter tour of Niagara, a Christian Louboutin clutch, a private Mombacho Cigar tasting and a session with one of Canada’s leading portrait photographers, V. Tony Hauser.

The annual wine auction is a great night out for wine aficionados and novices alike, with desirable selections   for those adding to already-established wine cellars as well as those just starting their collections.  Tickets to the wine auction are $85 and can be purchased online at or by calling 416-363-8231.   All proceeds benefit the COC.

The COC’s 12th annual Fine Wine Auction is presented in part by Crush Wine Bar and Restaurant, Stephen Ranger Fine Art Valuation and Consultancy, The Cheese Boutique and Rheo Thomson Candies as well as CTV and The Globe and Mail.

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Comedy, Romance and Drama in COC Production of Strauss's Madcap Melodrama Ariadne auf Naxos

Toronto, Ontario – The Canadian Opera Company’s spring 2010/2011 season continues with one of Richard Strauss’s most brilliant operas, Ariadne auf Naxos. The legendary Sir Andrew Davis conducts the COC Orchestra in this masterful madcap melodrama, performed by a sublime cast led by Canadian stars, soprano Adrianne Pieczonka and tenor Richard Margison and staged by award-winning Australian director Neil ArmfieldAriadne auf Naxos runs for eight performances at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts on April 30, May 3, 12, 15, 18, 21, 27 and 29, 2011, and is sung in German with English SURTITLES™.

The backstage antics that make up the Prologue of Strauss’s opera-within-an-opera are just a precursor to the second half’s onstage expressions of love, loss and spiritual transformation. When an opera company and a commedia dell’arte group are forced to perform the opera “Ariadne auf Naxos” together, comedy, romance and drama clash as the rival companies pick up the tale from where the Greek myth leaves off, with Ariadne abandoned on an island, longing for death. 


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COC's Spring 2010/2011 Season Launches with Vocal Fireworks in a Storybook Production of the Beloved Fairytale Cinderella

Toronto, Ontario – The Canadian Opera Company’s spring 2010/2011 season opens with Gioacchino Rossini’s Cinderella (La Cenerentola), a sparkling rendition of the cherished fairytale. This timeless story of the triumph of love comes to life in a colourful storybook production ideal for all ages, created by the Spanish artist collective Els Comediants led by director Joan Font. Leading the COC Orchestra and Chorus is rising young Italian conductor Leonardo Vordoni, recognized across the United States and abroad for his musicality and interpretation of the Italian repertoire. Sung in Italian with English SURTITLES™, Cinderellaruns for nine performances at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts on April 23, 28, May 1, 7, 10, 13, 19, 22 and 25, 2011.

Rossini’s operatic adaptation of the classic fable is a delightful combination of the comic and the dramatic as it tells of a young woman’s longing for love and kindness, whose dreams are thwarted by an abusive stepfather and stepsisters who treat her as no more than a common servant. Last performed by the COC in 1996, Cinderella returns in a Houston Grand Opera production described as “a riot of color with sophisticated comedy, just oozing with mirth” (Houston Chronicle).


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