• Directors' Note: THE QUEEN IN ME

    By COC Staff


    Opening Thursday, June 2 at the revitalized Canadian Opera Company Theatre, The Queen in Me promises an exuberant show combining comedy, drama, and opera into a deep exploration of the industry-wide policing of race, gender, and sexuality. As the show's creator and sole performer, Teiya Kasahara 笠原貞野 (they/them) uses the lens of The Magic Flute's iconic Queen of the Night to reclaim space for the many women, trans, and non-binary individuals excluded from the stage.

    In this article, hear from the show's co-directors—Andrea Donaldson (Nightwood Theatre) and Aria Umezawa (Amplified Opera)—as they explore the distinct identity and impact of this production. Read on to learn more!



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  • Get to Know: Vivian Fung

    By COC Staff


    In November 2021, JUNO Award-winning composer Vivian Fung premiered new work at the Edmonton Opera. The two scenes, Grover and Friends and Alarm, are based on her family’s history of fleeing the Khmer Rouge and escaping Cambodia in the 1970s. Although Fung and her parents were living in Alberta at the time, she reflects on how the experiences of her extended family on the other side of the world had a profound effect on her childhood, and continue to affect her family dynamics to this day. 

    As part of the Canadian Opera Company’s Showcase Series for Asian Heritage Month, we were able to interview Vivian to learn more about her life, her process, and her plans for the future of the work.



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  • Canada’s Brightest Opera Stars Take to the Stage for THE MAGIC FLUTE

    By COC Staff


    Opening May 6, this season’s production of The Magic Flute at the COC is a true celebration of homegrown talent. On top of featuring a bevy of Canadian singers in the cast, audiences will be treated to a number of artists who are currently enrolled in or are graduates of the Ensemble Studio, the COC’s professional development program for emerging artists—including revival director Anna Theodosakis, who began her career as a singer before turning to direction. For many cast members, this is a return to the stage after two years—and also a family reunion of sorts.


     
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