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Opera comes alive at the COC with new family-friendly production of The Magic Victrola

COC’s new Opera for Young Audiences is for kids-and for kids at heart!

On December 2 and 3, opera’s youngest fans can experience a production created just for them with the Canadian Opera Company’s new, family-friendly presentation of The Magic VictrolaThe story is about siblings Gracie and Sam, as they discover a mysterious trunk in their grandfather’s attic, full of costumes, opera recordings, and an old-fashioned record player—a Victrola. As they begin to play it, scenes from great operas by Bizet, Mozart, Puccini and more magically come to life before them. 

The production features current and former artists of the COC Ensemble Studio as characters from famous operas brought to life by a magical Victrola phonograph.  Many of opera's greatest hits  (Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann, Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Delibe’s Lakmé, and Bizet’s Carmen just to name a few) are sung in this magical production, bringing kids into the wonderful world of opera and opening their imagination to new and exciting stories! 

Opera for Young Audiences hopes to reach out to the next generation of opera-goers with fully staged productions that are accessible to children and youth. Tickets to the public performances are free for children under 12 (to a maximum of two free children’s tickets for each adult ticket sold), making the operatic experience more accessible to young people! The program leap frogs from the Ensemble Studio School Tour that brought fun and inventive productions to kids like The Bremen Town Musicans and Second Nature to name a few.


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Announcing the 2017/2018 Free Concert Series Season!

Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre 

The Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre is back! Our 2017/2018 season begins on September 26, 2017 with a performance by the rising stars of the COC Ensemble Studio. Join over 400 artists from Canada and around the world, from headlining stars to emerging young talent, to celebrate Toronto’s rich artistic and cultural diversity in 76 concerts across six series—vocal, chamber, piano, dance, jazz and world music.

Click here for the complete 2017/2018 season schedule.
You won't want to miss a concert!


Photo credit: Sae Yoon Chon performs in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, 2017, photo: Karen E. Reeves.


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Shooting Opera: Part 1


Before shooting for the Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre and eventually, mainstage productions and opera events, I was primarily a fine art landscape photographer. The COC gave me an opportunity to broaden my skills, meet great people, and of course, gain a greater appreciation for opera and a wide variety of performance genres!


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Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001



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