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The Opera That Changed My Life: Anticipating Norma


In anticipation of the 2016/2017 season (and with single tickets going on sale this Monday!), we're looking at a special memory of Norma that was part of a very exciting weekend at the Met! 


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The Opera That Changed My Life: Feeling Emotional

One of the most amazing abilities of opera is allowing the listener to feel waves of emotion, many times without understanding the language being used. Our contributors this week experienced something truly amazing during their stories, and we felt it was only right to share them with you. 


I am a long time subscriber to the COC and have had many wonderful experiences attending the COC’s ever-higher quality programming. However, there is one event which stands out in the recent past, and one which I would like to share...


I have been a COC subscriber since forever, it seems, but I was a most reluctant opera-goer for many seasons. In the 1980's, however, I saw Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmélites on the stage of the horrendous O'Keefe Centre and finally understood the power of this most sublime art...


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The Opera That Changed My Life: Forever Young


Being a young adult can be hard enough, but that time is also an amazing opportunity for exploration and discovery. In honour of this week's release of our Opera Under Thirty presented by TD's nightsOUT packages, we take a look at some of our contributors' moments of discovery that took place in their formative years.


When I was attending Queen’s University in about 1960 I took a course in French Literature from the late Dr. Shortliffe who was a wonderful teacher. He was playing La Bohème one day when we walked in for his lecture...


I am 81 years old. Up until the time I was 17 or 18 I hated opera. To me, it was just loud noise and screaming. Then, my best buddy lent me his recording of Turandot...


At 15 years old, I did not have too much of an idea what opera was. My friend from my Catholic school played for me some beautiful arias, so at a Sunday matinee I got a stand-up ticket in the fourth ring. No subtitles at that time...


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



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