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#COCTakeover with Luca Pisaroni

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the life of an opera singer as superstar bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni takes us backstage and beyond at the Maometto II dress rehearsal in his Instagram #COCTakeover! See Maometto II on stage with Luca in the title role at the Four Seasons Centre from April 29 to May 14, 2016. Get your tickets today at


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Love, Sex, Spirit: Bizet’s Enduring Carmen

The greatest opera? Surely it is one of the two or three most popular with audiences and critics alike. Although it notoriously created outrage at its first performance on March 3, 1875 at the Opéra-Comique in Paris, it nevertheless ran for 45 performances that first year. Bizet’s untimely death at the age of 36 on June 3, 1877 cannot therefore be attributed to heartbreak over the opera’s alleged failure. From at least its second performance onward it has gone from success to success, eliciting praise from such luminaries as Wagner and Brahms.


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Carmen in Pop Culture


Even if you're not an opera aficionado, chances are you’ve already heard most of the music in Bizet’s Carmen. One of the most popular operas of all time, Bizet’s catchy music has appeared in movies, television, and even at the Olympic Games! Read on to see where you may have heard some of the classic songs before, and add your own to the comments below.


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



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