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Opera comes alive at the COC with new family-friendly production of The Magic Victrola

COC’s new Opera for Young Audiences is for kids-and for kids at heart!

On December 2 and 3, opera’s youngest fans can experience a production created just for them with the Canadian Opera Company’s new, family-friendly presentation of The Magic VictrolaThe story is about siblings Gracie and Sam, as they discover a mysterious trunk in their grandfather’s attic, full of costumes, opera recordings, and an old-fashioned record player—a Victrola. As they begin to play it, scenes from great operas by Bizet, Mozart, Puccini and more magically come to life before them. 

The production features current and former artists of the COC Ensemble Studio as characters from famous operas brought to life by a magical Victrola phonograph.  Many of opera's greatest hits  (Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann, Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Delibe’s Lakmé, and Bizet’s Carmen just to name a few) are sung in this magical production, bringing kids into the wonderful world of opera and opening their imagination to new and exciting stories! 

Opera for Young Audiences hopes to reach out to the next generation of opera-goers with fully staged productions that are accessible to children and youth. Tickets to the public performances are free for children under 12 (to a maximum of two free children’s tickets for each adult ticket sold), making the operatic experience more accessible to young people! The program leap frogs from the Ensemble Studio School Tour that brought fun and inventive productions to kids like The Bremen Town Musicans and Second Nature to name a few.


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



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