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Toronto – The Canadian Opera Company presents Verdi’s opera of forbidden passion amid political turmoil, A Masked Ball (Un ballo in maschera). Sung in Italian with English SURTITLES™, A Masked Ball comes to the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts for eight performances on February 2, 5, 8, 11, 14, 16, 20, 22, 2014.
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Hadrian Scheduled for World Premiere in COC’s 2018/2019 Season
Toronto – Alexander Neef, General Director of the Canadian Opera Company, today released details of the company’s new opera commission, Hadrian, composed by internationally acclaimed Canadian-American singer, songwriter and composer Rufus Wainwright with libretto by award-winning Canadian actor, director and playwright Daniel MacIvor. Inspired by the Roman Emperor Hadrian and his love for Antinous, Hadrian is currently in development and is scheduled to open the COC’s 2018/2019 mainstage season.
Vocal Showcase Featured Surprise Performance by International Star Rufus Wainwright
Toronto – Soprano Karine Boucher from Quebec City took home first prize and the Audience Choice Award at the Canadian Opera Company’s third annual Ensemble Studio Competition on November 26, 2013, at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. The competition is the feature event of the COC’s inaugural Ensemble Studio Competition Gala, Centre Stage, an evening dedicated to the discovery and celebration of the next generation of opera stars. Boucher was selected from nine finalists to receive the $5,000 first prize award. Tenor Jean-Philippe Fortier-Lazure from Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, won the second prize of $3,000, and bass-baritone Iain MacNeil from Brockville, Ontario, was awarded the third prize of $1,500. In addition, Boucher took home the Audience Choice Award worth $1,500.
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