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Season Preview: Pyramus and Thisbe

One of the most anticipated shows of our 2015/2016 season is our new production of Pyramus and Thisbe (2010), written by Canadian composer Barbara Monk Feldman. This triple-bill opera combines both a the new work by Barbara Monk Feldman with Claudio Monteverdi's Baroque classics Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda and Lamento D'Arianna to give new life the classic tale of star-crossed lovers. Check out the video below for an exclusive peek into what's to come.


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The COC Remembers: Jon Vickers


The Canadian Opera Company was saddened to learn of the recent passing of acclaimed Canadian tenor Jon Vickers.


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Linda and Michael Hutcheon on "Four Last Songs: Aging and Creativity in Verdi, Strauss, Messiaen, and Britten"

By Linda and Michael Hutcheon  


As we entered our seventh decade (yikes!), we realized that there was now a new period of life, that time beyond the usual point of retirement, for which there were precious few models. Firmly believing that opera (our particular passion) offers a perspective on practically all aspects of the human condition, we decided to examine the later years and last works of several successful composers of opera.  Our goal? An understanding of their last years within the context of their entire artistic life course--and of the role of creativity in these years. 


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

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