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Toronto - The Canadian Opera Company Ensemble
Studio, Canada’s premier training program for young opera professionals,
welcomes three talented new Canadian artists for the 2015/2016 season.
Tenors Charles Sy and Aaron Sheppard were among the seven finalists featured in the fourth annual Ensemble Studio Competition in November 2014. Sy and Sheppard were
top prize winners at the competitive vocal showcase which was the
feature event of the COC’s Ensemble Studio Competition Gala, Centre Stage,
an evening dedicated to the discovery and celebration of the next
generation of opera stars. In addition to the two opera singers, the
15/16 Ensemble Studio also welcomes pianist Hyejin Kwon.
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Toronto - Alexander Neef, General Director of the
Canadian Opera Company, announced today the commission of a new opera
for its mainstage by one of Canada’s most important composers, Ana Sokolović. Titled La Reine-Garçon, the libretto is by Quebec playwright Michel Marc Bouchard
and based on his play of the same name. Inspired by Queen Christina of
Sweden who ruled the country in the 17th century before abdicating her
throne at the age of 27, La Reine-Garçon is currently in development and is scheduled to have its world premiere in the COC’s 2019/2020 season.
Toronto - Alexander Neef, General Director of the Canadian Opera Company, announced today that the COC will be presenting the world premiere of Pyramus and Thisbe by Canadian composer Barbara Monk Feldman. Based on the story from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, the opera Pyramus and Thisbe was written by Monk Feldman in 2010 and will be presented as part of the COC’s 2015/2016 season.