Toronto, Ontario – The power of love takes centre stage at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts this May when the Canadian Opera Company premieres its first production of an opera by Christoph Willibald Gluck – the masterpiece Orfeo ed Euridice. Canadian Robert Carsen, one of the most prominent names in the international opera scene today, makes his much-anticipated return to the COC to direct his highly-acclaimed production. Carsen is joined by renowned opera and concert conductor Harry Bicket and opera stars American countertenor Lawrence Zazzo and Canadian soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian. Orfeo ed Euridice is sung in Italian with English SURTITLES™, and runs for eight performances on May 8, 11, 14, 17, 20, 24, 26 and 28, 2011.
Orfeo has lost his wife Euridice and goes – literally – to hell and back to find her in this operatic adaptation of the Greek myth. When Orfeo is granted permission by the god of love to lead Euridice out of the underworld, it is with one stipulation: he cannot look back upon his beloved's face until they reach Earth. The resulting tale in which love confounds death, set to a score of unsurpassed beauty, is one of opera's greatest masterpieces. Equally momentous is the production that brings Orfeo ed Euridice to the COC. Carsen's staging has been described as "magical" and a "revelation on several levels" (Chicago Sun-Times) as well as "a vivid demonstration of why this exquisite work has endured in the international repertory for centuries"(Opera News) at its Lyric Opera of Chicago premiere in 2006.
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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:
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 coc.ca 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.