Parlando: The COC Blog


Shooting Opera: Part 1


Before shooting for the Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre and eventually, mainstage productions and opera events, I was primarily a fine art landscape photographer. The COC gave me an opportunity to broaden my skills, meet great people, and of course, gain a greater appreciation for opera and a wide variety of performance genres!

Above: Jane Archibald in the COC's 2012 production of Semele

Above: Eric Margiore and Joyce El-Khoury in the COC's 2013 production of La Bohème

Above: a scene from the COC's 2015 production of La Traviata

Above: members of the COC Ensemble Studio performing as part of the Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre

Above: members of Canada's Ballet Jörgen performing as part of the Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre

Banner image: Anna Christy in Lucia di Lammermoor (COC, 2013); all photos by Chris Hutcheson.

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The 2017 Dora Mavor Moore Awards


The nominations for the 38th annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards were announced on Tuesday, May 30 and the Canadian Opera Company and its affiliated artists were recognized with 27 nominations across 10 categories. The nominations are as follows as they relate to the opera-related categories of the Dora Awards:

Outstanding Production

  • Ariodante
  • Götterdämmerung
  • Norma
  • Tosca

Outstanding Musical Direction

  • Johannes Debus, Götterdämmerung
  • Keri-Lynn Wilson, Tosca
  • Stephen Lord, Norma

Outstanding Direction

  • Peter Hinton, Louis Riel
  • Tim Albery, Götterdämmerung

OutStanding Performance, Female

  • Jane Archibald, Ariodante
  • Christine Goerke, Götterdämmerung
  • Adrianne Pieczonka, Tosca
  • Sondra Radvanovsky, Norma

Outstanding Performance, Male

  • Andreas Schager, Götterdämmerung
  • Ain Anger, Götterdämmerung
  • Marcelo Puente, Tosca
  • Russell Braun, Louis Riel

Outstanding Performance, Ensemble

  • The Ensemble of Louis Riel

Outstanding Choreography

  • Lucy Burge, Ariodante

Outstanding Costume Design

  • Jessica Jahn, Norma
  • Kevin Knight, Tosca
  • Ultz, Ariodante

Outstanding Scenic Design

  • Ultz, Ariodante
  • Michael Levine, Götterdämmerung
  • David Korins, Norma

Outstanding Lighting Design

  • Duane Schuler, Norma
  • David Finn, Götterdämmerung

Congratulations to all of the COC artists that were nominated! The winners of the 38th annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards will be announced on Monday, June 26, 2017 at the Elgin Theatre. For the full list of nominees this year, click here.

Banner image: Sondra Radvanovsky in ​Norma​ (COC, 2016), photo by Michael Cooper

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The Opera That Changed My Life: Tosca in the Flesh!


Internationally renowned Canadian soprano Adrianne Pieczonka joins us as the title character in Puccini's Tosca this spring. The Opera That Changed My Life is our blog series that explores the moments when people became opera lovers.

Adrianne Pieczonka 

The opera that changed my life was Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk at the ENO in 1988. I had just moved to London after finishing my studies in Toronto and was hoping to launch my operatic career. I got a last minute ticket to this opera by Shostakovich and I had a seat in the second row of the theatre. Katerina Ismailova was played by the brilliant English soprano Josephine Barstow and Willard White played her husband. The production by David Pountney was simply electrifying and the music literally blew me away. I left the theatre in a daze. I felt so overwhelmed by the incredible singing/acting I had witnessed. I'll never forget this performance.


Above: Dame Josephine Barstow singing "Vissi d'arte" from Tosca in a 1990 recording.

Puccini's Tosca is onstage at the Four Seasons Centre until May 20, 2017. For more information, click here.

Banner image: Marcelo Puente and Adrianne Pieczonka in Tosca (COC, 2017), Michael Cooper

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



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