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Are YOU the next Canadian Opera Star?

One of the most beloved jewels in the COC crown is the COC Ensemble Studio: Canada's premier training program for young opera professionals. Founded in 1980, the Ensemble Studio provides advanced instruction, hands-on experience, and the practical career development skills necessary to succeed as a self-employed artist in a highly competitive international environment.

On November 3, 2015, the Canadian Opera Company’s fundraising gala Centre Stage takes place at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, featuring the competitive vocal showcase of the COC’s Ensemble Studio Competition. The Ensemble Studio Competition features singers from the final round of auditions for the COC Ensemble Studio. 

Competing before a public audience, for cash prizes ranging in value from $1,500 – $5,000, finalists in the Ensemble Studio Competition perform from the mainstage of the Four Seasons Centre, accompanied by the internationally acclaimed COC Orchestra conducted by COC Music Director Johannes Debus. 

Think you have what it takes to be Canada's next opera star? Check out the Centre Stage webpage here and then apply here today! Send in your submissions quickly though, as applications close on September 13, 2015.


CENTRE STAGE: Ensemble Studio Competition
November 3, 2015

Apply online at by September 13, 2015


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Season Preview: Pyramus and Thisbe

One of the most anticipated shows of our 2015/2016 season is our new production of Pyramus and Thisbe (2010), written by Canadian composer Barbara Monk Feldman. This triple-bill opera combines both a the new work by Barbara Monk Feldman with Claudio Monteverdi's Baroque classics Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda and Lamento D'Arianna to give new life the classic tale of star-crossed lovers. Check out the video below for an exclusive peek into what's to come.


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Photo Credit: Krisztina Szabó and Phillip Addis. Photo: Michael Cooper

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The COC Remembers: Jon Vickers


The Canadian Opera Company was saddened to learn of the recent passing of acclaimed Canadian tenor Jon Vickers.

A celebrated artist, Mr. Vickers made his stage debut with the Toronto Opera Festival (as the COC was then known) as the Duke in Rigoletto in 1954.  He would go on to appear with the company in several productions over the next few years: Filipeto in School for Fathers (1954), Alfredo in La Traviata (1955), Alfred in Die Fledermaus (1955) and Don José in Carmen (1955), before going on to sing major roles at Covent Garden and the Metropolitan Opera and embark on what would be a legendary career.

Vickers would return to the COC on only one more occasion, but with a particularly fortuitous outcome for the COC and its audiences. His appearance as Don José in the 1964 production of Carmen allowed him to quickly step-in and sing Radamès for the also-running production of Aida, covering for an accident-prone Richard Cassilly.

You can learn more about his life and career here.

Photo Credit: Jon Vickers as Don Josè with Joan Patenaude as Micaëla and Mignon Dunn as Carmen (background), seen here in a publicity still for the COC’s 1964 production of Carmen. Photo by Alex Gray.

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