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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
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Toronto - The world premiere of a new Canadian work was one of the many operatic highlights revealed today at the public launch of the Canadian Opera Company’s 2015/2016 season at
the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. The COC’s 65th season
is once again comprised entirely of company productions, four of which
are new to Toronto audiences, and features the COC’s first mainstage
world premiere since 1999, COC premieres of opera rarities and the
revival of classic masterpieces.
Toronto - The Canadian Opera Company Ensemble
Studio, Canada’s premier training program for young opera professionals,
welcomes three talented new Canadian artists for the 2015/2016 season.
Tenors Charles Sy and Aaron Sheppard were among the seven finalists featured in the fourth annual Ensemble Studio Competition in November 2014. Sy and Sheppard were
top prize winners at the competitive vocal showcase which was the
feature event of the COC’s Ensemble Studio Competition Gala, Centre Stage,
an evening dedicated to the discovery and celebration of the next
generation of opera stars. In addition to the two opera singers, the
15/16 Ensemble Studio also welcomes pianist Hyejin Kwon.