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In Tribute


The COC is saddened to learn that Brian Macdonald, one of Canada’s pre-eminent theatre and opera directors, passed away over the weekend. Although Brian directed the COC’s 1991 production of La Traviata, he was best-known to COC audiences for his classic production of Madama Butterfly first created for the COC in 1990. 


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The Big COC Podcast — Episode 29

By Gianmarco Segato, Adult Programs Manager


For Episode 29, the “Oldies but Goodies” edition, we welcome back Opera Canada editor, Wayne Gooding; opera journalist Paula Citron; and, opera blogger John Gilks. Gianmarco Segato, the COC’s Adult Programs Manager is your host. This week we’re hot on the trail of the latest developments to several ongoing opera stories: 

 Are you listening? Let us know your thoughts, opinions and suggestions by contacting us on our blog, Parlando, Facebook, Twitter (@CanadianOpera) or by email (

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A Day in the Life: The Bremen Town Musicians

by Jenna Douglas

For over 30 years, students from all across Ontario have been inspired and delighted by the magic of live opera performance. The operas developed for the Glencore Ensemble Studio School Tour are adapted or created specifically for young audiences, and the artists perform in full costume with sets, props and piano accompaniment. The operas are performed in English and an informal question-and-answer period with the cast immediately follows each performance.

We asked pianist Jenna Douglas (also the mind behind Schmopera, the opera blog) to share a day in the life on the road with the Ensemble Studio School Tour, as they perform The Bremen Town Musicians. Read on for her account of an average day on tour, and check out the bottom of post for a video interview with the cast! 

Our other touring family opera, The Scorpions' Sting: An Egyptian Myth, will be presented at the Royal Ontario Museum on November 29th at 11am, free with museum admission! Find out more about the event here.

The Bremen Town Musicians Cast Interview 


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



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