Parlando: The COC Blog


#TBT: From Participant to Performer


The Canadian Opera Company’s Education and Outreach team has had the honour and pleasure of collaborating and connecting with thousands of young people through its opera programs for students, children, youth, and their families. There is no greater moment of pride than when a former participant reconnects and shares with us their current interests and achievements and conveys the positive impact a COC program had on their life.

A few weeks ago the COC Education team received a heartwarming update from a parent of a former participant of the COC’s After School Opera Program (ASOP) that her son Nassir had landed the lead role in his school’s upcoming production of High School Musical. Today we take a look back at how Nassir’s experience in the After School Opera Program helped him make the leap from a COC rehearsal room to the school stage. 


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Inside the Wardrobe: Semele


Take a close-up look behind the scenes and into the wardrobe with the costumes from our production of Semeledesigned by internationally renowned fashion and costume designer Han Feng. Catch Semele in New York City when the COC presents it at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) from March 4-10, 2015!


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Free Concert Series Highlights for March

Vesuvius Ensemble

There is so much variety in the Free Concert Series this month. Test your opera chops in a special March Break interactive concert, or experience an Indonesian-inspired gamelan like you've never heard before. There's something for every age to enjoy!


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