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“Colourful, inventive and whimsical” – Opera News
“A wonderful production” – NOW Magazine
“Fanciful and pretty” – Globe and Mail
Toronto – It’s a fairytale start to 2017 with the
revival of the Canadian Opera Company’s playful and whimsical production
of Mozart’s beloved opera, The Magic Flute. Bernard Labadie,
one of Canada’s pre-eminent conductors, makes his COC debut with one of
the most popular operas in the world with a cast of international and
Canadian rising stars. The Magic Flute was last performed by the COC in 2011 and returns for 12 performances on January 19, 28, 29, February 1, 3, 4, 7, 10, 16, 18, 19 and 24, 2017.
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Toronto – The Canadian Opera Company enters the twilight of the gods with the revival of its acclaimed production of Wagner’s Götterdämmerung directed by Toronto-area resident Tim Albery. COC Music Director Johannes Debus conducts his first Götterdämmerung,
at the helm of the internationally acclaimed COC Orchestra and Chorus
with a cast of generation-defining voices led by powerhouse American
soprano Christine Goerke in her debut as Götterdämmerung’s Brünnhilde. Götterdämmerung is sung in German with English SURTITLESTM and runs for seven performances on February 2, 5, 8, 11, 14, 17 and 25, 2017.
Toronto – Simone McIntosh of Vancouver took home First Prize (the Chair’s Prize) at the Canadian Opera Company's annual Ensemble Studio Competition on November 3, 2016 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. The competition is the feature event of the COC gala fundraiser Centre Stage, an annual celebration of Canada’s emerging operatic voices. McIntosh was selected from seven finalists to receive the $5,000 award, supported annually by the Chair of the COC’s Board of Directors. Samuel Chan of Calgary won the Second Prize of $3,000, and Geoffrey Schellenberg
of Vancouver was awarded the Third Prize of $1,500. Myriam Leblanc
from St-Lazare, Quebec was the winner of the Audience Choice Award,