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The COC’s After School Opera Program – Meet Omega Menkir!

Meet Omega Menkir! Pictured above in a 2007 production of Theseus and the Minotaur, Omega is a past participant of the Canadian Opera Company’s After School Opera Program (ASOP) and the third individual featured in the special blog series commemorating ASOP’s 15th anniversary celebration on June 13, 2013 in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre.

Omega joined the program when she was only eight during the 2005/2006 season. From 2005 to 2007, Omega participated in seven ASOP productions with her twin brother, Alpha (who, as you can probably tell by his name, was born first). Aside from spending time with her sibling, Omega’s fondest memory of ASOP was the opera Gold of the Elements, a prelude to Das Rheingold which was written by ASOP lead artist and composer, Dean Burry, to coincide with the monumental performance of Wagner’s complete Ring Cycle by the Canadian Opera Company for the opening of the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. 


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The Ensemble Studio: A Singer's Summer Vacation

By Jennifer Pugsley, Media Relations Manager

A singer never really goes on vacation. Yes, there’s time set aside for rest and relaxation, but always on the horizon is the need to get ready for what’s next. There’s always a performance to prepare for or some kind of private study in anticipation of a future role. That’s certainly the case for sopranos Sasha Djihanian and Claire de Sévigné, tenor Owen McCausland and baritone Cameron McPhail. Currently on break from the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio, these four young artists will enjoy a mixture of business and pleasure this summer before they return to the company at the end of August.


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Supporters’ Stories:
Peter Deeb’s Rewarding Experience Backing the COC’s Ensemble Studio

Peter Deeb, Ensemble Studio member Claire de Sévigné and General Director Alexander Neef during intermission at the opera.

Peter Deeb is a success story by any measure. As the founder and Chairman of Hampton Securities, one of Canada’s leading investment firms, he has been an active member of Canada’s financial services community for over 20 years, having built a long career on Bay Street. A merchant banker by profession, Peter became well known for proprietary investments in energy, finance, shipping, and mining that over the years grew to become a major industrial portfolio. Peter also became a key figure in the regulatory development of Canada’s investment industry, serving as a past Chairman of the Ontario District Counsel and National Advisory Board of the Investment Industry Regulatory Association of Canada (IIROC).

As successful as Peter Deeb is professionally, it’s his interest in the future of music that really endears him to us. When the music lover and Royal Conservatory alumnus wanted to assist as many young artists as possible, he turned his attention to the Canadian Opera Company, because, as he says, “the COC has become the cultural epicentre of the city.”  

Peter has been a generous supporter of the COC since 2008 but last year, he wanted to express his commitment more personally. In 2012/2013 Peter committed a remarkable $1 million for the express purpose of helping to fund the COC’s training program for young opera professionals, the Ensemble Studio.


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