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Toronto, ON - The Canadian Opera Company is deeply saddened to learn of the sudden passing of former general director Lotfi Mansouri, who guided the company from 1976 to 1988.
“Lotfi Mansouri was a legend. There is no question he was one of opera’s most influential general directors; whether it be his passion for promoting young performers, his zeal for attracting new audiences to the art form, or his undeniable love of opera and all its idiosyncrasies,” says COC General Director Alexander Neef. “The international prestige that this company now enjoys is due in no small part to his strong leadership and tireless efforts. I am personally very grateful for his friendship and the advice he shared with me ever since I joined the COC.”
Mansouri was the COC’s third general director and played a significant role in launching the COC’s international reputation for artistic excellence and creative innovation, and growing the company into the largest producer of opera in Canada and one of the largest in North America. During his tenure, Mansouri’s focus was on implementing a longer performance season, audience development, more adventurous repertoire and productions, and advance planning both financially and artistically, the accomplishments of which are essential elements of the COC’s operations today.
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“I’m usually very secretive about little gems like this but I’m spilling the beans because the COC Free Concert Series is just too good to pass up. And if it means that I have to get there super early to get a decent seat now that you all know about it, so be it… To say it’s a stunning experience is an understatement.” (1LoveTO)
Toronto – The Canadian Opera Company’s Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre kicks off an eighth season of dynamic programming this fall, bringing together established artists and rising young talent from Canada and around the world. In a popular Free Concert Series tradition, the first concert of the 2013/2014 season introduces audiences to the opera stars of tomorrow with a performance by the artists of the COC Ensemble Studio on September 26, 2013 at 12 p.m.
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TORONTO, August 28, 2013 -- On October 24, 2013 the Canadian Opera Company celebrates its 10th Operanation with a collaborative party performance featuring the multi-platinum, six-time Juno winning Sam Roberts Band and the COC’s Ensemble Studio artists. In a unique celebration of sound and sensation, Operanat10n: A Night of Temptation transforms three levels of the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts into a multi-sensory evening of epic proportions. This year’s event is set to raise over $100,000 for the Ensemble Studio, Canada’s premier training program for young opera professionals. “Operanation began 10 years ago as a fundraising initiative and has since expanded to become an extraordinary platform for the Canadian Opera Company to reach new and younger audiences,” says COC General Director Alexander Neef. “Operanation demonstrates how versatile opera can be by pairing our classical singers with exceptional modern musicians to create a truly unique party performance. We’re thrilled to welcome the Sam Roberts Band to our opera house to commemorate this very exciting 10th anniversary.”