One of the most ambitious works of art ever created, Wagner’s Ring is a monumental cycle comprising four interconnected operas. Siegfried is the third instalment of the saga, in which the title character undertakes a psychological journey towards self-understanding, attempting to piece together the story of his origins and grasp his place in the world. In the process, he forges the broken magical sword called Nothung, slays the dragon Fafner, and braves a ring of fire to reawaken Brünnhilde with a kiss, pushing the allegorical story of the Ring toward its inexorable conclusion in Götterdämmerung.
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Canadian Opera Company patrons will notice two additions to the Four Seasons Centre when they come to the opera this winter. This week, the COC welcomed two new sculptures to the opera house, on loan from the Art Gallery of Ontario: a Henry Moore sculpture, placed at the top of the Grand Staircase, and a Jacques Lipchitz bronze, on display in the Henry N.R. Jackman Lounge. While the AGO has loaned the COC several pieces from its collection over the years for display at the Four Seasons Centre, this particular occasion marks the first time the AGO has loaned the opera company two pieces concurrently.
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The Canadian Opera Company Orchestra Academy welcomes five student musicians to its annual three-week intensive training program.
Led by COC Music Director Johannes Debus, and developed in collaboration with The Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music and the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music, the COC Orchestra Academy offers its student musicians professional insight and experience in their pursuit of a career in an opera orchestra.
The five student players who join the Academy this year were selected from a pool of 12 musicians who auditioned in October 2015 for Debus, COC Orchestra Academy Director Nina Draganic and members of the COC Orchestra: GGS cellist Drew Comstock, GGS violinist Hua-Chu Huang, GGS violinist Yada Lee, GGS bassist Doug Ohashi and UofT violist Meagan Turner.
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Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001