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Meet Lotfi Mansouri

The Canadian Opera Company welcomed Lotfi Mansouri, our General Director from 1976 to 1988, to the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre last Tuesday evening for an intimate chat and book-signing with his successor, Alexander Neef. Mansouri's new volume of memoirs, Lotfi Mansouri: An Operatic Journey, which will be on sale at the Opera Shop, chronicles his illustrious career, including his time with both the COC and San Francisco Opera. He is perhaps best remembered at the COC for introducing SURTITLES™ for a performance of Elektra in 1983, the very first time any opera house in the world had projected a simultaneous translation of the opera for its audience. His other accomplishments at the COC include founding the Ensemble Studio program, which has nurtured generations of young artists in the early stages of their careers. In the picture to the left, current Ensemble Studio member Simone Osborne is enthusiastically applauded at the launch by Lotfi and Alexander after a beautiful performance of O mio babbino caro.

Here's an excerpt from a review of the book by Jeffery S. McMillan in Opera News:


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



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