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Free Concert Series Highlights for March

Vesuvius Ensemble

There is so much variety in the Free Concert Series this month. Test your opera chops in a special March Break interactive concert, or experience an Indonesian-inspired gamelan like you've never heard before. There's something for every age to enjoy!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
12 — 1 p.m.
Gamelan Plus
Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan

The Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan is the only ensemble of its kind in Canada and has delighted and challenged audiences worldwide for over 30 years. Performing traditional and cutting-edge new music on an assortment of bronze and wooden instruments, collectively known as a gamelan, the eight-member group breathes new life into the centuries-old tradition of the Indonesian archipelago. For this performance, they are joined by guest soprano (and COC Ensemble Studio grad) Claire de Sévigné for a program featuring works by John Siddall, Nic Gotham and Allen Cole.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
5:30 — 6:30 p.m.
Chansons Refusées
Alex Samaras and Bobby Hsu present A Sondheim Project

Alex Samaras is quickly becoming one of the leading vocalists on the Canadian jazz and new music scene. Along with Bobby Hsu and a trio of kindred musical spirits, he explores the forgotten songs of Broadway with an emphasis on the music of Stephen Sondheim and other legendary theatre songwriters, bridging the worlds of musical theatre and modern jazz in a unique and compelling new way.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
12 — 1 p.m.
Humber Latin Jazz Ensemble

Spice up your March Break with Humber College’s Latin Jazz Ensemble’s unique blend of Afro-Cuban and jazz sounds guaranteed to get your salsa on. Percussive, melodic, zesty and always inspired, Humber College’s Latin Jazz Ensemble, led by Grammy and Juno Award-winner Hilario Durán, is a performance not to be missed.

Thursday, March 19, 2015
12 — 1 p.m.
Opera Interactive
Humber Latin Jazz Ensemble

You can bring the whole family to our always-popular, interactive March Break concert! Join opera comedienne Kyra Millan, collaborative pianist Tina Faye and COC Ensemble Studio baritone Iain MacNeil in a lively interactive concert featuring favourite operatic arias and sing-along choruses. Audience members of all ages can listen to, learn about and try their hand at the fascinating art of opera!

Artists of the COC Orchestra

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
12 — 1 p.m.
Where the Light Gets In
Jaffa Road

Award-winning Toronto-based world music group Jaffa Road creates a unique sonic landscape that draws organically from the worlds of Jewish, Arabic and Indian music, modern jazz, electronica, rock, pop and dub. With on-stage chemistry as electrifying as it is intense, the group presents highlights from their Juno-nominated album, Where the Light Gets In, as well as a sneak peek of new material from an upcoming release.

Let us know what you're most looking forward to in the comments or on our Facebook page!


Photo Credits (top to bottom): Vesuvius Ensemble, 2011. Photo: Karen E. Reeves; Kyra Millan leads audience members in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre. Photo: Karen E. Reeves

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Happy Valentine's Day from the COC!

No matter if you love or hate Valentine's Day, we’ve got you covered with productions that celebrate love old and new, weak and strong, punishable by guilt or punishable by the Criminal Code of Canada… ahem. 

To help you celebrate the love in your life, we’ve created a series of Valentines to share with the ones that you love. Print them out on any sheet of 8.5" x 11" paper double-sided [select “flip lengthwise” (the long edge of a sheet of paper) if available in your printing options when printing double-sided to allow for both sides of the Valentines to line up correctly], cut them out, and share them with the opera lovers in your life today! If you would prefer to send them digitally, check out our Facebook page or Twitter feed for shareable versions.  

Download the PDF print-at-home versions by clicking here



Find out more about our current productions of Don Giovanni and Die Walküre here

Photo Credits: Michael Cooper

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Free Concert Series Highlights for February

Jane Archibald, Janina Baechle, Barbara Hannigan

Seeing some of the world's best artists in an intimate concert setting is just one of the things that makes the Free Concert Series so great. If you're looking to hear some of your favourite vocalists in concert for FREE, February is the perfect month to head down to the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre!

Monday, February 9, 2015
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.*
The Christina and Louis Quilico Awards
Artists of the COC Ensemble Studio

In this special presentation, artists of the COC Ensemble Studio compete in the third biennial Christina and Louis Quilico Awards, which will be presented at the end of the evening. Each artist will perform an aria of his or her own choosing and a second aria will be selected by the panel of judges.

* Please note extended performance time.

COC Ensemble Studio

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
12 - 1 p.m.
Songs of Love and Longing
Jane Archibald

Internationally acclaimed for her “brilliant vocal pyrotechnics” (Globe and Mail) and “remarkable dramatic presence” (Le Figaro), Canadian coloratura soprano Jane Archibald (currently on the COC mainstage as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni) teams up with pianist Liz Upchurch for an intimate hour of some of the most beautiful songs of Mozart, Fauré, Strauss and Quilter.

Jane Archibald and Michael Schade in Don Giovanni

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
12 - 1 p.m.
Janina Baechle

German mezzo-soprano Janina Baechle (making her COC debut as Fricka in Die Walküre) teams up  with pianist Rachel Andrist and COC principal violist Keith Hamm to perform the “viola songs” by Brahms and Loeffler. She rounds out the program with three songs from Mahler’s Des Knaben Wundehorn.

Thursday, February 19, 2015
12 - 1 p.m.
Artists of the COC Ensemble Studio and Atelier lyrique de l'Opéra de Montréal

As part of an annual exchange, this popular concert features singers from the young artist programs of the Canadian Opera Company and l'Opéra de Montréal in a program of arias and ensembles from Carmen, Così fan tutte, La Traviata, I Puritani, Rusalka and Billy Budd.

Cameron McPhail and Jean-Michel Richer

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Barbara Hannigan

In collaboration with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s New Creations Festival, celebrated Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan showcases her “supple and subtle voice” and “smouldering physicality” (The Times) in a captivating program of vocal chamber music with pianist Liz Upchurch and the TSO Chamber Players.


Photo Credits (top to bottom): (l-r) Jane Archibald, Janina Baechle, Barbara Hannigan; Artists of the 2014/2015 Ensemble Studio. Photo: Chris Hutcheson; Jane Archibald and Michael Schade in the Canadian Opera Company's production of Don Giovanni, 2015. Photo: Michael Cooper; (l-r) Jean-Michel Richer and Cameron McPhail. Photo: Karen E. Reeves;

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



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