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2010/2011 Season Facts-at-a-Glance

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 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

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COC Opens Doors to Exclusive Audition Process With New Ensemble Studio Competition

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."


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Canada's next rising stars to join COC's 2011/2012 Ensemble Studio

Toronto, Ontario – Canada’s premier training program for young opera professionals, the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio, welcomes four new artists for the 2011/2012 season.  They join an illustrious program that, since its inception in 1980, has launched the careers of over 150 Canadian singers, opera coaches, stage directors and conductors, including Ben Heppner, Isabel Bayrakdarian, John Fanning, Wendy Nielsen, David Pomeroy, Joseph Kaiser, Lauren Segal and Krisztina Szabó.

The two new singers are both Ottawa natives: soprano Mireille Asselin, fresh from a critically-acclaimed performance in Opera Atelier’s La clemenza di Tito, and bass-baritone Philippe Sly, a 2011 winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.  Two intern coaches each arrive from renowned music institutions: Barrie, Ontario pianist Jenna Douglas, who recently worked with the Oberlin College Conservatory in Ohio, and Toronto pianist Timothy Cheung, who has trained at the University of Western Ontario and the Music Academy of the West in California.

Returning for the 11/12 season are eight current members who have established themselves over the past season as the opera stars of tomorrow: Ambur Braid, Rihab Chaieb, Neil Craighead, Christopher Enns, Adrian Kramer, Ileana Montalbetti, Simone Osborne and Jacqueline Woodley.


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