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8/24/2010

Canada's leading tenor Ben Heppner in rare special solo recital

Toronto, Ontario � A very limited number of tickets are still available for renowned tenor Ben Heppner's special solo recital with piano on Saturday, September 11, 2010 at 4:30 p.m. at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

This is a rare opportunity to hear one of Canada's greatest opera singers perform in an intimate setting. This will be Mr. Heppner's first performance with the COC since his appearance at the Inaugural Gala Celebrations for the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in 2006.

Accompanying Mr. Heppner is Canadian pianist and co-artistic director of Queen of Puddings Music Theatre John Hess, who works regularly with Mr. Heppner in Canada. The repertoire for this solo concert will include music by Grieg, Sibelius and Tchaikovsky.

Available tickets range from $22 to $101.70 and may be ordered online at coc.ca, or by calling 416-363-8231, or in person at the Four Seasons Centre Box Office (145 Queen St. W., Toronto).

Standing Room spaces are also available for only $12 each. Standing Room spaces go on sale at 11 a.m. on the day of the performance and must be purchased in person at the Four Seasons Centre Box Office.

Links:
Ben Heppner in Recital
Parlando: The COC Blog
Alexander Neef's Blog

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8/24/2010

New production of Verdi's Aida launches COC's 61st season

Toronto, Ontario � Opening the Canadian Opera Company's 61st season is a new COC production of Giuseppe Verdi's Aida, last performed by the COC in 1986. This production of Verdi's powerful and intimate story features one of the world's greatest Verdian sopranos Sondra Radvanovsky making her much-anticipated company and role debut as the enslaved foreign princess. Aida is conducted by COC Music Director Johannes Debus and directed by the acclaimed Tim Albery. The production runs for 12 performances on October 2, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30, November 2, and 5, 2010 and is sung in Italian with English SURTITLES�.

Considered the most intimate of grand operas, Aida is centred on a love triangle between Aida; Radames, the man she loves who is also her enemy's military commander; and Amneris, the King of Egypt's daughter, whose jealousy fuels the tragic ending. American soprano Sondra Radvanovsky, who has sung with all the major opera companies around the world, and was praised as being �a true Verdian, with a big, juicy, vibrato-rich sound,� (The Times, U.K.) is Aida. Also making her COC debut and sharing the role with Ms Radvanovsky is rising Canadian soprano Michele Capalbo, considered �a world-class Aida,� (Opera News) and who has seen success in the role at Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico, and the Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse, France.


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7/15/2010

Candian Opera Company's acclaimed The Nightingale and Other Short Fables and a new production of Don Giovanni featured at the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence

Toronto, Ontario � Last fall Toronto audiences were dazzled by the Canadian Opera Company's world premiere of The Nightingale and Other Short Fables.  This summer, audiences of the 62nd annual Festival d'Aix-en-Provence in France have been equally enchanted.  Hailed by European critics and audiences alike, this ��simply magical,� (Bloomberg) production by Canadian visionary Robert Lepage also received extraordinary critical acclaim when performed in November 2009 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto. 

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