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Tristan und Isolde – Bill Viola's Vision

American video artist Bill Viola is internationally recognized as one of today’s leading new media artists. His works have been exhibited throughout the world in museums including the National Gallery in London, the Berlin Guggenheim, and the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art. During the course of his career, he has been instrumental in the establishment of video as a vital form of contemporary art and has taught at the California Institute for the Arts and the Getty Research Institute. Learn more about Bill Viola here.

The video imagery Bill Viola created for this production of Tristan und Isolde provides literal, metaphorical and spiritual complements to the tragic love between Tristan the knight and his beloved princess, Isolde.

In the video below, Heidi McKenzie interviews Bill Viola about the inspiration behind the video imagery he created for Tristan und Isolde. Listen as Viola reveals the influence of Eastern culture in his art (an interest he shares with Richard Wagner!) and more.

Photo of Bill Viola by Kira Perov.

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Introducing the newest members of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio

On November 29, 2012, 10 finalists competed at the Canadian Opera Company’s Second Annual Ensemble Studio Competition for cash prizes and a chance to join the Ensemble Studio for the 2013/2014 season. At the competition, bass-baritone Gordon Bintner was awarded first-place and the audience-choice awards, tenor Andrew Haji took home the second-place prize and mezzo-soprano Charlotte Burrage received the third-place prize. View our recap for photos and tweets from the competition.

The three prize winners are joining the 2013/2014 Ensemble Studio as well as soprano Aviva Fortunata, baritone Clarence Frazer, and mezzo-soprano Danielle MacMillanThese six singers become part of an illustrious program that has launched the careers of over 150 Canadian singers, opera coaches, stage directors and conductors. They join returning Ensemble Studio members, soprano Sasha Djihanian, soprano Claire de Sévigné, tenor Owen McCausland and baritone Cameron McPhail.  


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Free Concert Series – January Highlights

Do you have a case of the post-holiday blues? Perk up and attend one of our COC Free Concert Series performances at the Four Seasons Centre in January. You can warm up your winter with some spicy Latin jazz, get your groove on with our hip hop showcase, and enjoy classical music performed by COC artists. 

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 – 12 p.m. – Artists of the COC Ensemble Studio – Mozart and Salieri

This noon-hour concert features members of the COC Ensemble Studio performing pieces by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his colleague, Antonio Salieri. This concert features bass-baritone Neil Craighead, soprano Sasha Djihanian, baritone Cameron McPhail, tenor Owen McCausland and soprano Claire de Sévigné, accompanied by Timothy Cheung and Jenna Douglas on piano.


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Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001



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