History of Opera

Discover the ever-expanding and fantastic world of the lyric stage!  Six largely forgotten French and Italian operas from the late 17th to the early 19th centuries finally receive the recognition they deserve in these fascinating productions.

Lecturer: Dr. David Stanley-Porter 
Dates: 8 classes, Wednesday afternoons
Time: 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Opera Centre, 227 Front St. E., 2nd floor boardroom 
Parking: Street parking on Front Street or in the parking lot on Berkeley Street
Fees: All 8 sessions – Adult, $220; Student/Senior, $175
         Individual Classes – Adult, $30; Student/Senior, $25

Golden Circle, President’s Council and Friends of the COC members receive enrolment priority. For information on these annual membership programs, please call 416-847-4949.

Classes tend to sell out early and are limited to a maximum of 50 individuals. To guarantee your place, full payment must be received with registration. Exchanges and cancellations must be made a minimum of 24 hours in advance. All dates, times and course content are subject to change without notice.

Full session registration for Golden Circle, President’s Council and Friends of the COC members begins on: Wednesday February 11, 2015

Full session registration for non-members begins on:
Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Refund Deadlines:
Wednesday, March 18, 2015


Please call the donor’s line at 416-847-4949, by e-mail, or print and mail your registration form with payment to:

COC Opera Courses
Canadian Opera Company
227 Front St. E., Toronto, ON M5A 1E8

Winter Session 2015


  • March 25: CHARPENTIER  (1843-1704) David et Jonathas, 1688
    Production by Festival d’Aix-en-Provence (2012), conductor William Christie, director Andrea Homoki, with Les Arts Florissants

  • April 1: RAMEAU  (1683-1764) Platée, 1745
    Production by Opéra national de Paris (2003), conductor Marc Minkowski, director Laurent Pelly, with Les Musiciens du Louvre-Grenoble

  • April 8, 15 & 22: GLUCK  (1714-1787) Iphigénie en Aulide, 1774 , Iphigénie en Tauride, 1778 
    Production by De Nederlandse Opera (2013), conductor Marc Minkowski, director Pierre Audi, with Les Musiciens du Louvre-Grenoble
  • April 29: MARTÍN Y SOLER  (1754-1806) L’arbore di Diana, 1797 
    Production by Gran Teatre del Liceu (2010), conductor Harry Bicket, director Francisco Negrin

  • May 20 & 27: ROSSINI  (1792–1868) Ermione, 1819 
    Production by Rossini Opera Festival (2009), conductor Roberto Abbado, director Daniele Abbado
    Production by Glyndebourne Festival (1995), conductor Andrew Davis, director Graham Vick
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Purchase tickets for $22 to all of our operas!