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10/1/2013

The 2013/2014 Free Concert Series Begins

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9/30/2013

Supporting the Next Generation of Opera Singers

By Alexander Neef, General Director

As I watched this year’s Ensemble Studio members perform their first concert of the season in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre last week, I was once again struck by the wonderful musical talent that this country produces.

In creating the Ensemble Studio in 1980, former General Director Lotfi Mansouri had the foresight to begin the process of intensive training and nurturing of young Canadian artists, and it’s a legacy that I take very seriously.

This summer I visited three different young artist programs, starting in St. Andrews by-the-sea, New Brunswick, observing and participating in Wendy Nielsen’s fantastic opera program there. As I’m sure you know, Wendy is a world-renowned soprano who has appeared on our stage, as well as all the major stages of the world. In the past few years she has begun teaching, and last year I asked her to join the COC as a special coach for the Ensemble.

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9/27/2013

Behind the Scenes at the COC: September 27, 2013

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