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The 2015/2016 Season Launch


The official 2015/2016 Canadian Opera Company season has been released! This season features new productions of La Traviata, The Marriage of Figaro, and Maometto II; the world premiere of a Canadian opera, Pyramus and Thisbe; and the return of beloved favourites Siegfried and Carmen.

Follow along as we look back at the weeks leading up to the season reveal and the events that transpired at the subscriber-exclusive season launch event through videos, tweets, and instagrams in our latest Storify! 


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Artist Basics: Jane Archibald


Jane Archibald makes a welcome return to the Canadian Opera Company stage! From her first role with the COC as Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos to playing the title role of 2012's Semele, this native Canadian seems to thrive on the new, the strong, and the individual. 


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Welcoming in the Newest Members of the COC Orchestra Academy!

The Canadian Opera Company Orchestra Academy returns for a second year on January 12, 2015, this time welcoming five student musicians into the acclaimed COC Orchestra for an intense three-week period that offers them professional insight and experience in their pursuit of a career in an opera orchestra.

Led by COC Music Director Johannes Debus, the COC Orchestra Academy has been developed in collaboration with The Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music and the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music. The five student players who join the Academy this year were selected from a pool of 14 musicians, from GGS and UofT, who auditioned for Debus and members of the COC Orchestra in November 2014: GGS double bassist Malcolm Armstrong, GGS cellist Tess Crowther, UofT violinist Eric Fujita, GGS violinist Brenna Hardy-Kavanagh and GGS violist Laurence Schaufele.


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

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