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Doras and Dancers: Daily Links, June 29


  • The Dora awards were a great reminder of the vitality of the Toronto performing arts scene. Coverage of the winners can be found at CBC, Operatoonity, and NOW magazine.

  • We're auditioning dancers today for Iphigenia in Tauris, another Gluck masterpiece to be directed by Robert Carsen, the same composer/director combination that proved so successful in Orfeo ed Euridice. Check out this blog post from earlier this year by production co-ordinator Shawna Green about the process for casting dancers in COC productions. 

  • Opera legend Jessye Norman's Koerner Hall recital last night "showed that charisma, and artistry can conquer all," according to the Toronto Star

Photo: A scene from the Lyric Opera of Chicago production of Iphigenia in Tauris, directed by Robert Carsen. Photo Credit: Robert Kusel © 2006

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Daily Links, June 28

  • Our Orfeo ed Euridice won the Dora award last night for Outstanding Production (Opera Division)! Two of our artists from last season also won awards: Alan Oke won the award for Outstanding Performance (Opera Division) for his depiction of Gustav von Aschenbach in Death in Venice, and Harry Bicket, the conductor of Orfeo ed Euridice, won the award for Outstanding Musical Direction (General Theatre Division). If you're one of the people who loved Orfeo ed Euridice, it's time to get excited about next season's Iphigenia in Taurus – director Robert Carsen is bringing his singular interpretive talents to another Gluck masterpiece. Check out our social media release for photos.

  • The architects behind the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, Diamond and Schmitt, will be designing the new Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. 

  • There's still time to see Svadba-Wedding, a new work by Serbian-born Canadian composer Ana Sokolović featuring Ensemble Studio member Jacqueline Woodley as the young bride. It's been winning acclaim from many corners (Opera Toronto, Globe and Mail, barczablog)!

Photo: A scene from the Canadian Opera Company's production of Orfeo ed Euridice. Photo © Michael Cooper.

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



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