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9/21/2013

Alexander Neef Introduces CinéTFO+'s Sunday Opera Series

Stefano Secco as Roméo and Nino Machaidze as Juliette in Arena di Verona's 2011 production of Roméo et Juliette.

This fall, spend your Sunday nights at the opera in your own living room with COC General Director Alexander Neef and CinéTFO+'s Sunday opera program! At 8 p.m. each Sunday, from September 22 to October 20, watch as Alexander introduces each of the late 19th-century French operas featured below and shares his insights about the productions, history and cast.

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9/19/2013

The Three Tenors: Meet Dimitri Pittas, Eric Margiore and Michael Fabiano

(l – r) Vuyani Mlinde as Colline, Michael Sumuel as Schaunard, Dimitri Pittas as Rodolfo and Joshua Hopkins as Marcello in the Canadian Opera Company/Houston Grand Opera (HGO)/San Francisco Opera co-production of La Bohème, 2012, HGO. Photo: Felix Sanchez

When the Canadian Opera Company's 2013 production of La Bohème premieres this October at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, do you know who your Rodolfo will be?

You have a choice between three charming tenors: Michael FabianoEric Margiore and Dimitri Pittas.

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9/18/2013

Remembering Lotfi Mansouri

By Alexander Neef, General Director

I was very saddened to learn of Lotfi Mansouri’s death two weeks ago. I knew he had been ill, and the prognosis wasn’t good, but I wasn’t quite prepared for the loss I felt when I heard he’d passed away.

As everyone who came into contact with him knows, Lotfi was full of life. His enthusiasm for life, and especially opera was infectious. A simple recounting of his many accomplishments while at the head of the COC paints a clear picture of how he communicated his love for this company and his community.

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