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The COC Remembers

Last month, Canada lost three singers of renown who graced the COC stage over the years. We take a moment to remember them.


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No Such Thing as Summer Vacation in Opera!


From the multitude of vocal recitals presented through the Free Concert Series to, most recently, the blow-the-roof-off-the-opera-house performance of The Barber of Seville, members of the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio have dazzled and delighted us this year with their exceptional skill and artistry. With the conclusion of the COC’s 2014/2015 season, it’s now time for the rest of the world to get a taste of the hotbed of talent that Toronto has been home to for the last nine months.


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The Figaro You Know: The Barber of Seville in Pop Culture


If you think you’ve never heard of The Barber of Seville, think again! Rossini’s toe-tapping, humdinger of a score has been used in popular culture since its premiere in 1816. If you’re anywhere close to the Four Seasons Centre until May 22, you might hear a familiar sound echoing through the building—the famous "Largo al factotum" aria, with its legendary “Figaro” refrain. Still not ringing any bells? Sit back, relax, and get ready for your pop culture whirlwind tour through Rossini’s comic masterpiece. 


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

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