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12/21/2010

COC Premiere of Nixon in China relives five days that changed the world

Toronto, Ontario – A defining moment in modern-day history takes centre stage this winter with the Canadian Opera Company premiere of John Adams' Nixon in China.  Richard Nixon's historic five-day trip to China in 1972 was a media phenomenon viewed simultaneously by millions at home on their television sets.  Adams' unique lyrical score for Nixon in China intertwines occasions of grand, public spectacle with moments of quiet, private reflection to transform a political event into a story with universal appeal and significance.  American James Robinson returns to the COC to direct this highly-lauded and widely-seen production with award-winning Spanish conductor Pablo Heras-Casado making his Canadian debut leading the COC Orchestra and Chorus.  Sung in English with English SURTITLES™, Nixon in China runs for eight performances on Feb. 5, 9, 11, 13, 19, 22, 24 and 26, 2011.

Nixon in China had its world premiere at Houston Grand Opera in 1987, followed quickly by performances at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Netherlands Opera.  One of the major operas of the 20th century, Nixon in China has spawned numerous productions that have been received all over the world, and, along with Philip Glass's Einstein on the Beach, is considered one of the cornerstones of American Minimalist music. 

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12/15/2010

COC's Winter 2010/2011 Season Launches with Playful New Production of Mozart's Beloved Masterpiece The Magic Flute

Toronto, Ontario – The Canadian Opera Company's 61st season continues this winter with a new COC production of Mozart's mystical and beloved fairytale, The Magic Flute.  COC Music Director Johannes Debusconducts this timeless masterpiece and Tony Award®-nominated director Diane Paulus makes her COC debut with this playful production for all ages.  The Magic Flute also features Canadian opera stars Michael Schadeand Isabel Bayrakdarian, singing together at the COC for the first time, in the roles of Mozart's star-crossed lovers Tamino and Pamina.  The Magic Flute is sung in German with English SURTITLES™, and runs for 12 performances on Jan. 29, Feb. 1, 3, 6, 8, 10, 12, 16, 18, 20, 23, and 25, 2011.

A humorous, sometimes profound, exploration of the trials of growing up, seeking ideals and finding love,The Magic Flute follows the adventures of Prince Tamino as he undergoes feats of heroism to rescue his love, Pamina, from the forces of evil.  Joining Tamino on his journey is the comic birdcatcher Papageno, who dreams of one day finding his own sweetheart.  The Magic Flute was an immediate hit when it debuted in 1791, with nearly 100 performances taking place in the first year after its premiere, and has been an audience favourite ever since.  The opera's eternal appeal can be attributed to the music as The Magic Flutefeatures some of Mozart’s most beautiful and purely infectious melodies. 

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11/30/2010

COC hosts online chat during the CBC Radio 2 broadcast of Aida on Dec. 4

Toronto, Ontario � The Canadian Opera Company's 2010/2011 season opening production of Verdi's Aida has its first public broadcast on Saturday, December 4, 2010 on CBC Radio 2's Saturday Afternoon at the Opera and through internet streaming on coc.ca.  The inaugural broadcast of the COC's Aida will be supported by an online chat at coc.ca featuring special guests from the production's cast and creative team.

From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on December 4, listeners at coc.ca will have the extraordinary opportunity to interact directly with Aida's conductor, and COC Music Director, Johannes Debus, and cast members Sondra Radvanovsky and Jill Grove, who performed the roles of Aida and Amneris, respectively.  Debus, Radvanovsky and Grove will be joined by other members of Aida's cast and creative team, providing unique insight into how this production was brought to the stage as they answer questions and share anecdotes.

Those new to opera, as well as seasoned opera lovers, can join the discussion at coc.ca and enhance their listening experience by connecting with fellow opera enthusiasts.  The online chat is an opportunity to share thoughts on the performance, ask questions, and spend some time talking about this new production of Verdi's grandest opera.  While at coc.ca, visitors can also read the Aida synopsis and cast list, view production photographs and videos, discover what to listen for in the Aida broadcast and even send an Aida-themed eCard.

In conjunction with the COC's Broadcast Partner, CBC Radio 2, each opera of the COC's 2010/2011 season will air twice nationally on CBC Radio 2's Saturday Afternoon at the Opera and Radio-Canada's Espace Musique. The broadcasts will also be available for internet streaming on CBC Concerts on Demand, cbc.ca/radio2, as

well as coc.ca for a period of 12 months after the initial streaming date.

Aida was generously underwritten in part by Tim and Frances Price.

Broadcast Partner: CBC Radio 2


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