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12/6/2013

The Canadian Opera Company’s third annual Ensemble Studio Competition, 2013!

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12/2/2013

Free Concert Series in December

Nancy Walker and Kirk MacDonald in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, 2013. Photo by Chris Hutcheson
Nancy Walker and Kirk MacDonald in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, 2013.

Escape the chilly winter weather and cozy up to some warm tunes in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre this December. The days may be short and the nights may be cold, but the mix of jazz, classical and new music in the Free Concert Series this month will help put you in a festive winter mood!

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11/28/2013

Canada's Great Diva: Adrianne Pieczonka

By Jennifer Pugsley, Media Relations Manager

 (centre) Adrianne Pieczonka as Elisabeth de Valois and the COC Chorus in the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Don Carlos, 2007. Photo Michael Cooper

In recent years, the Canadian Opera Company has lured Canada’s internationally acclaimed soprano Adrianne Pieczonka from the world’s stages of New York, London, Paris, Milan, Berlin, Vienna, Bayreuth and Salzburg to the Four Seasons Centre for one riveting performance after another. This winter, COC audiences are the first to witness Pieczonka in a role she calls “more dramatic than any other Verdi role I have sung to date” – Amelia in Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera.

“I have sung more lyric Verdi parts in the past, such as Alice Ford, Desdemona, Elisabetta and Amelia in Simon Boccanegra. For a time, I considered singing Aida and Elvira, but I realized that these roles didn’t fit me quite right, vocally. Amelia in Ballo fits better as it lies in a slight lower tessitura where my voice feels more comfortable,” she says.

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