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Our Honeybees are Tough!

Beekeeper Fred Davis updates us on the honeybees that live on the roof the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. located at 145 Queen St. W., here in Toronto:

It's been a long, tough summer for all the honeybees in Ontario. I've been reading quite a bit and speaking with a number of beekeepers and the indications are that the extreme heat and humidity really played havoc with the flowers and the amount of nectar they were able to produce.


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Opera Under 30 Profiles – Jessica Wright


Jessica Wright, 19 years old.
Second year voice performance major at the University of Toronto.

1. How were you introduced to opera?

I had a wonderful music teacher in elementary school who took students in Grades 7 and 8 on evening field trips to the COC. I went on every trip and ultimately saw four operas before I was even in high school! 

2. What was your first opera? 

Bizet's Carmen  naturally there was no turning back.

3. How did you find out about the Opera Under 30 program? 

I attended an arts high school as a voice major and it was a regular thing for students there to be attending operas of their own accord. The teachers always reminded us to utilize the Opera Under 30 program, so I started going to COC productions with my school friends, especially as I got older and decided I wanted to study voice performance at the university level.

4. How many COC performances have you seen?

It's hard to keep track, but probably somewhere in the range of 10 to 20. I've been on a solid trend of two to three a year since high school, and those number have only been increasing.


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Welcome to Inside Opera

It's the start of a new season at the Canadian Opera Company. The fall season features our star-studded production of Il Trovatore and the debut of our brand new production of Die Fledermaus.

To highlight the tremendous efforts that go into the creation of a new production, we've launched a brand new video series, Inside Opera. The series will look at the work that goes on behind-the-scenes in the costume, set and props department that gives opera its opulent look.

Our first video focuses on set construction for Die Fledermaus, specifically the showpiece for Act II: an impossibly tall, custom-built, moving staircase! The video also features interviews with our production staff who have been busy crafting all the elaborate details required of such a visually demanding opera.

Be on the lookout for our next video, as we prowl through the costume department and get a sneak peek at the fashionable frocks and gowns from Die Fledermaus.

For more videos and podcasts about the productions from this season, visit COC Radio.

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



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