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Opera Talks Preview: Don Giovanni

by Wayne Gooding 

This season, the staging of opera takes the focus in our series of Opera Talks under the banner: First Nights, Faux Traditions and Fresh Starts - An introduction to director’s theatre in opera through three dysfunctional families. Opera Canada editor Wayne Gooding examines three of our season’s productions, paying special attention to the specific visions of the directors who will bring them to our stage. Here’s what Wayne has to say about Dmitri Tcherniakov’s Don Giovanni which will premiere at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts on January 24, 2015:

This production is perfect to launch a discussion of Director’s Theatre since Tcherniakov’s imprint is all over it. The music is Mozart’s, the words are Da Ponte’s, but everything else is the brainchild of this production’s creative team. Quite apart from the now-familiar trope of updating the action to modern times...


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Centre Stage

On November 25, 2014, the Canadian Opera Company presents its annual fundraising gala event, Centre Stage: an evening dedicated to the discovery and celebration of young opera talent with an exhilarating competitive showcase of singers. Seven vocal finalists, chosen following preliminary auditions in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and New York City for the COC Ensemble Studio – Canada’s premier training program for young opera professionals –  will be competing for cash prizes ranging from $1500 to $5000.


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By Claudine Domingue, Director of Public Relations

This Remembrance Day, we take a moment to salute those who were involved in the war effort during the Second World War and joined the fledging Canadian Opera Company as singers in its nascent years.


Glenn Gardiner as John Sorel, Nellie Smith as Mother, and Theresa Gray as Magda Sorel in The Consul. Photo credit: Alex Gray, 1954


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



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