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Hercules Listening Guide

By Gianmarco Segato, Adult Programs Manager

Hercules Listening Guide


As with 1744’s Semele, produced by the COC in 2012, Handel’s Hercules (1745) was a response to the waning popularity of the Italian operas which had been hugely successful and had dominated his output in the 1730s. At first glance, Hercules, like Semele, might seem to belong more in the world of oratorio than opera. However, from the start Hercules was recognized as a “musical drama,” as was printed in the original libretto.


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Free Concert Series Highlights in March

Ensemble Jeng Yi

Have you ever wanted to try your hand at opera? Be part of a Korean drum choir? Meet a composer? Attend a world premiere? Now is your chance, with this month's performances in the Free Concert Series. Check out our March highlights below!


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The Big COC Podcast Episode 21

By Gianmarco Segato, Adult Programs Manager


For Episode 21, the “OK, it’s not all doom and gloom!” edition, we welcome back Alia Rosenstock, Associate Artist Manager with Dean Artists Management; opera blogger John Gilks, as well as Opera Canada editor, Wayne Gooding. Gianmarco Segato, the COC’s Adult Programs Manager, is your host.

We survived the ice storm and the polar vortex – finally, a new episode!

Are you listening? Let us know your thoughts, opinions and suggestions by commenting here, or on Facebook, Twitter or by e-mail (

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

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