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The COC Celebrates Ben Heppner


Canadian Ben Heppner, one of the world’s finest dramatic tenors, has announced his retirement from the stage.

"After much consideration, I've decided the time has come for a new era in my life. I'm setting aside my career as an opera and concert singer.

I wish to thank the countless people who inspired me, supported me and encouraged me to embark on a fantastic journey over the past 35 years. A million thanks to those who hired me. Most importantly, I want to thank everyone who ever bought a ticket.

I'm really enjoying my time on CBC Radio as host of Saturday Afternoon at the Opera and Backstage with Ben Heppner, and look forward to what the future has in store." - Ben Heppner


Ben has excelled in some of opera’s most challenging roles, drawing worldwide acclaim for his beautiful voice, intelligent musicianship and deeply felt dramatic presence.

Audience members at the Canadian Opera Company’s recent productions of Tristan und Isolde (2012/2013 season) and Peter Grimes (2013/2014 season) would have witnessed this first-hand and were privileged to see Ben in two of his signature roles – Tristan and Peter Grimes – in what are now among his final stage performances.


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Devereux Dream Team: A Stellar Cast Brings Elizabethan Court To Life

By Gianmarco Segato, Adult Programs Manager

Leonardo Capalbo and Sondra Radvanovsky in Roberto Devereux

Bel canto (literally, “beautiful singing”) is an elusive term. It is most often used as a convenient, catch-all phrase referring to the early 19th-century period in Italian opera dominated by Rossini, Bellini and Donizetti. But it also denotes a singing style, the hallmarks of which are beauty of tone, wide range, extreme flexibility and expressive utterance of text. For this spring’s Roberto Devereux, the COC has assembled an ace team of highly trained vocal athletes who are ready to meet bel canto’s extreme demands in Donizetti’s great historical drama about the last days of England’s “Virgin Queen,” Elizabeth I (Elisabetta).


Posted by Danielle D'Ornellas / in Roberto Devereux / comments (0) / permalink


An emotional response to Hercules

Corporal Romeo Daley

On April 3, 2014, the Canadian Opera Company invited veterans groups and their families to the BMO Financial Group Student Dress Rehearsal of Peter Sellars' production of Handel’s Hercules. See what they had to say about this moving production and watch as they share their experiences with us.


Posted by Danielle D'Ornellas / in Hercules / comments (0) / permalink

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



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