Parlando: The COC Blog

6/18/2013

Where in the world can you find our new Ensemble Studio members this summer?

By Tanya Morgado, Public Relations Intern

With the hot weather quickly approaching, many of us are finalizing summer travel plans, including the six young artists joining the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio for the 2013/2014 season.

Bass-baritone Gordon Bintner, mezzo-soprano Charlotte Burrage, soprano Aviva Fortunata, baritone Clarence Frazer, tenor Andrew Haji, and mezzo-soprano Danielle MacMillan have busy summers ahead of them before officially joining the COC at the end of August.

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6/17/2013

Highlights from our 2012/2013 Free Concert Series

The COC's Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre has wrapped up another incredible and diverse season! From September 2012 to June 2013, the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre hosted over 77 concerts featuring established and emerging artists in intimate vocal recitals, dynamic dance performances, thrilling orchestral concerts, classic and contemporary jazz and much, much more.

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6/13/2013

After School Opera Program - A glimpse into 15 years

By Katherine Semcesen, Associate Director, Education and Outreach


ASOP participants learning about baroque dancing for Theseus and the Minotaur

It's hard to believe, but the Canadian Opera Company's After School Opera Program (ASOP) is already in its 15thyear! In celebration of this milestone, we're looking back at the past 15 years and highlighting some of ASOP's most notable achievements.

In 1997, the COC embarked on an ambitious project to start an after-school program that focused on introducing children to opera. Dean Burry, an enthusiastic young composer from Gander, Newfoundland, who was working in the COC’s Ticket Services at the time, leapt at the opportunity to share his love of opera with young people. His proposal won over the COC’s education and outreach staff and, under Dean’s direction, ASOP has engaged and introduced 4,876 children and their families to opera over the last 15 years. In addition to Dean, 45 guest artists including designers, mimes, choreographers, baroque movement specialists, stage combat instructors, make-up artists, Peking opera artists and North Indian Kathak dancers and other musicians have collaborated with the young participants to produce a total of 48 brand new operas.

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