Toronto, Ontario � The Canadian Opera Company (COC) revealed today that its previously announced 2010 Xstrata Ensemble Studio School Tour trip has added two new destinations that will take it further north than it has ever been before: the communities of Salluit and Kangiqsujuaq in northern Québec.� These Inuit communities in the Nunavik region are located near Xstrata Nickel's Raglan mine.� The COC will perform its school-friendly production of Cinderella, a combination of Jules Massenet's and Rossini's musical scores, for students from Kindergarten to Grade 6 in each community, on November 16 and 17, 2010.
�This tour is a remarkable opportunity for the COC.� Xstrata has been absolutely indispensible in allowing the COC's school tour to travel further than we ever have in our history,� says Alexander Neef, General Director of the Canadian Opera Company.� �The company is extremely excited that our Ensemble Studio singers will be performing opera for children in these remote communities, and we are equally honoured to be given the opportunity to learn as much as we can about their culture from them.� If the children's response is anything like that of the reaction the tour receives in Ontario, they will be completely enchanted with the performances.�
Xstrata, Title Sponsor of the COC's school tour, will host the COC artists and staff at its Raglan mine.� As Salluit and Kangiqsujuaq are only accessible by air, the COC team will be flown into each community from the tour's home base at Raglan: on November 16 to Pigiurvik School in Salluit, and on November 17 to Arsaniq School in Kangiqsujuaq.
Both performance days begin with workshops led by the COC's Senior Manager of Education and Outreach, Katherine Semcesen, with the participation of the singers and pianist.� A 50-minute performance of Cinderella, a mix of Rossini's and Massenet's music sung in both English and French, will follow and include a question-and-answer period.� In addition to school performances, the COC Ensemble artists will present a short program of operatic arias for the employees at Raglan mine on the evening of November 17.
�It is important to Xstrata that we expand the tour's reach north to the communities in which we operate,� says Michael Welch, Vice President, Raglan Mine.� �We strive for our Raglan operations to provide more than just jobs to our local communities � we want to create sustainable value.� This can take many forms, including art and culture, and education.� The Xstrata Ensemble Studio School Tour combines these two elements in a unique way and introduces opera to children who may not otherwise have the opportunity to be exposed to this art form.�
Cinderella is also traveling to northern Ontario cities of Sudbury and Timmins as part of Xstrata's continuing goal to provide cultural and educational value to those communities in which they work.� Cinderella performs in Sudbury and Timmins the week of November 8, 2010, and in schools across the Greater Toronto Area, from November 22 � December 5, 2010.� The Xstrata Ensemble Studio School Tour production of Isis and the Seven Scorpions, by Canadian composer Dean Burry, performs across Ontario from November 8 � December 5, 2010.� The COC's annual Xstrata Ensemble Studio School Tour reaches over 16,000 students from Kindergarten to Grade 6 across Ontario and displays the talents of professional singers from the renowned COC Ensemble Studio training program.� (A complete tour schedule is available upon request.)
For many children, the Xstrata Ensemble Studio School Tour is their first experience with opera, and it allows them to discover a new and exciting art form. �You made us very, very, very happy� the music was beautiful� we really enjoyed the show,� stated a letter from a Grade 3 student from Secord Elementary School in Toronto.� The tour also appeals to educators who appreciate the educational value of the performances.� �I wish you could have seen the enraptured look on the face of one of our Senior Kindergarten students,� said a teacher from Prince Charles Elementary School, in Brantford, Ont., after seeing The Barber of Seville in the fall of 2009.� �I know that many children are now huge fans of opera and will undoubtedly be predisposed to attend more as adults as a result of this early exposure.�
COC 2010 XSTRATA ENSEMBLE STUDIO SCHOOL TOUR TO NUNAVIK, QUEBEC, November 16 and 17
Cinderella by Gioacchino Rossini and Jules Massenet
Cast and Artistic Team Musical Director: Andrea Grant Director: Ashlie Corcoran Designer: Robin Fisher Stage Manager: Michael Lewandowski Cinderella: Rihab Chaieb Clorinda: Ambur Braid Tisbe: Heather Jewson The Prince: Michael Barrett The King/Narrator: Michael Uloth
The COC's Ensemble Studio is Canada's premier training program for young opera professionals and provides advanced instruction, hands-on experience and career development opportunities.� The Ensemble Studio is generously supported by the Government of Canada through the department of Canadian Heritage, RBC Foundation and additional donors.
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Toronto, Ontario � The Canadian Opera Company's Xstrata Ensemble Studio School Tour returns to elementary schools across Ontario this fall introducing children to the world of opera. For over 20 years, the COC's renowned school tour has brought opera to local schools and communities across Ontario, in the last two years adding northern Ontario to the list of destinations with performances in Sudbury and Timmins. This year the COC presents its acclaimed operas, Isis and the Seven Scorpions, by Canadian composer Dean Burry, and Cinderella, a combination of Jules Massenet's and Rossini's musical scores, from November 8 to December 5, 2010.
The annual Xstrata Ensemble Studio School Tour reaches over 16,000 students from Kindergarten to Grade 6 and displays the talents of professional singers from the renowned COC Ensemble Studio training program. The tour features a 50-minute performance sung in English, which is adapted for a younger audience, concluding with a post-show question-and-answer period with members from the cast and crew. A complete tour schedule is available upon request.
Xstrata, a major global diversified mining group, is the Title Sponsor of the school tour. �We are extremely pleased at how well the Xstrata Ensemble Studio School Tour has been received by communities across Ontario,� says Peter Fuchs, Director of Corporate Affairs for Xstrata Nickel. �We are especially happy to see the tour continue to travel to northern Ontario, in particular to Sudbury and Timmins as part of our mission to bring unique cultural experiences to some of the communities in which we work.�
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Toronto, Ontario � The Canadian Opera Company is pleased to announce that its entire 2010/2011 mainstage season will be broadcast across Canada in conjunction with broadcast partner CBC Radio 2. For the second year in a row, all COC mainstage operas will be aired nationally on CBC Radio 2 and on Radio-Canada's Espace Musique over the course of the season. This agreement further strengthens the COC's presence on Canadian airwaves, enabling the company's season to be heard coast to coast as well as internationally via CBC Radio 2's, Radio-Canada's and the COC's websites.
The COC's 2010/2011 mainstage operas will be broadcast across Canada twice on CBC Radio 2's Saturday Afternoon at the Opera hosted by Bill Richardson, beginning with the COC's new production of Giuseppe Verdi's Aida on Saturday, December 4, 2010, and followed by Benjamin Britten's Death in Venice on Saturday, December 11, 2010. CBC Radio 2's Saturday Afternoon at the Opera airs Saturdays from 1 � 5 p.m. EST (2 � 6 AT; 2:30 � 6:30 NT). Air dates for Espace Musique are yet to be confirmed.
Future broadcast dates, including Mozart's The Magic Flute, John Adams' Nixon in China, Rossini's La Cenerentola, Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos, and Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice, are yet to be confirmed.
The complete season of operas from the 2010/2011 season will be available for internet streaming through CBC Radio 2's Concerts on Demand and Espace Musique with select operas available on the COC website for a period of 12 months after the initial streaming date.
The repeat broadcasts of the COC's 2009/2010 season are scheduled for: October 30, 2010 for Idomeneo; November 6, 2010 for Maria Stuarda; November 13, 2010 for The Flying Dutchman; November 20, 2010 for Carmen; and November 27, 2010 for Otello.
In fall 2009, the COC reached an agreement with the artists of the company and their unions and associations to record all seven operas in its 2009/2010 season. Last season's broadcasts marked the first time the COC's complete season aired on the radio in its entirety in almost 20 years.
The Canadian Opera Company would like to thank the artists of the company and their representatives: the American Federation of Musicians, Canada; Canadian Actors' Equity Association; Association of Canadian Television and Radio Artists; the Toronto Musicians' Association, Neil Crory, CBC Radio's Senior Music Producer; Doug Doctor, CBC Radio's Senior Recording Engineer, and Steve Sweeney, CBC Radio's Associate Recording Engineer.
Aida has been generously underwritten in part by Tim and Frances Price.
Death in Venice has been generously underwritten in part by David Stanley-Porter
Nixon in China Production Co-sponsors: CIBC and CIBC Mellon
The Magic Flute has been generously underwritten by The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation.
The Magic Flute Production Sponsor: RBC
This production of Orfeo ed Euridice is owned by the Lyric Opera of Chicago and was made possible by generous gifts from an Anonymous Donor, The Elizabeth Morse Genius Charitable Trust/The Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust, Stephen A. Kaplan and Alyce K. Sigler, Sidley Austin LLP, and Howard A. Stotler with additional funding by AT&T.
Broadcast Partner: CBC Radio 2