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3/16/2015

LOVE WITH A SENSE OF HUMOUR IN COC’S NEW PRODUCTION OF ROSSINI’S OPERATIC SHOWSTOPPER, THE BARBER OF SEVILLE

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Toronto – Audiences will discover love has a sense of humour with the Canadian Opera Company’s new production of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville from the Spanish theatre troupe Els Comediants. Scottish-born Rory Macdonald, one of Britain’s most talented and dynamic young conductors, returns to lead the COC Orchestra, Chorus and a cast of the most exciting young stars in opera today through Rossini’s veritable hit parade of a score, filled with showstoppers and sparkling tunes. Sung in Italian with English SURTITLESTM, The Barber of Seville runs for 13 performances on April 17, 19, 21, 26, 29, May 2, 7, 9, 13, 15*, 19, 21, 22, 2015 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

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3/16/2015

COC BRINGS BACK “ONE OF THE GREATEST OF ALL NIGHTS AT THE OPERA” WITH ICONIC BLUEBEARD’S CASTLE/ERWARTUNG

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Toronto – The Canadian Opera Company’s iconic double-bill of Béla Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle and Arnold Schoenberg’s Erwartung returns to the company’s mainstage to close its 2014/2015 season. COC Music Director Johannes Debus conducts both operas for the first time, leading the COC Orchestra through these visceral and haunting scores, all brought to life in a mind-bending and gravity-defying production by world-renowned Canadian artistic visionary Robert Lepage. Bluebeard’s Castle is sung in Hungarian and Erwartung is sung in German, both with English SURTITLESTM, and runs for only seven performances on May 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 23, 2015 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

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3/10/2015

CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY MAKES HEADLINES IN NEW YORK WITH PROVOCATIVELY PLAYFUL PRODUCTION OF SEMELE

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Toronto – The Canadian Opera Company is making headlines in New York on the occasion of its recent tour to the world-renowned Brooklyn Academy of Music. The COC’s theatrically transcendent production of Handel’s Semele, created by famed Chinese visual and performance artist Zhang Huan, was previewed in the early days of its New York residency by the Toronto Star as “looking like an opera we can be proud that Toronto brought to the Big Apple.” It went on to open on March 4 to popular and critical acclaim with Superconductor lauding the occasion as “a chance for this city to hear this excellent Toronto-based company in a rare American visit.”

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