Opera Everywhere presents the COC’s reimagined programming, created especially for our present era.
We remain incredibly grateful to our partners, members, subscribers, donors, and audience members for ensuring that music can continue to connect us, even now.
New programs and events will be announced regularly in the coming months — sign up for eOpera for the latest details.
While these fall events and programs are all currently digital, we continue to actively prepare for a return to in-person programming as soon as possible.
The best in music
From the Opera House features the best in music through in-person and virtual concerts, all staged at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. As with traditional COC programming, these events are meant to reconnect audiences with the experience and emotion of live performance and will be available for a limited time.
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Upcoming From the Opera House Programs and Events
Free Concert Series Festival presented by TD Bank Group
Digital Event Series
This fall, the COC’s much-loved Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre takes on a digital festival format. The three-day program will present acclaimed artists from a wide range of styles and genres, representing a cultural and artistic diversity that’s uniquely Toronto. The festival will also feature special introductions and interviews to provide insights into the artists’ work and performance practice.
Due to the latest COVID-19 restrictions mandated for performing arts venues across Ontario, the COC has temporarily halted all filming scheduled for the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, in full compliance with local government and health authorities. This pause currently affects the Free Concert Series Digital Festival but we will share revised release dates as soon as they are available. We look forward to sharing more opera experiences with our audiences soon and appreciate your patience and understanding as we work through this evolving situation together.
Explore opera’s most fascinating – and pressing – questions with panel discussions and lecture-recitals featuring a diverse array of voices and perspectives.
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Current COC in Conversation Programs and Events
Gender & Opera
Digital Roundtable with Live Q&A
Expanding on the COC’s popular Women in Opera event, artists and thinkers from within opera and the broader arts sector come together to discuss the confluence of gender, music and drama — from voice types, to tropes of machismo and damsels in distress, to the new ways that gender is being explored on stage today. This virtual event was moderated by Aria Umezawa, Canadian stage director, consultant, and co-founder of Amplified Opera.
Digital Video Event
COC Composer-in-Residence Ian Cusson teamed up with experts from the arts and sciences to explore music’s impact on our minds and bodies.
Celebrate local artists and arts organizations through digital and in-person concerts and programs, available throughout the GTA and online anywhere around the world.
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Upcoming Opera for Toronto Programs and Events
Spring Break at the COC: Exploring New Opera
Interactive Digital Webinars
Digital Video Event with Live Q&A
Daily, April 12 through April 16 on YouTube and Facebook Live
Hosted by COC Opera Teaching Artist Makenzie Morgan, Spring Break at the COC: Exploring New Opera gathers a group of artists and craftspeople to explore what it takes to create and stage a brand new opera, and what a career in the performing arts can look like. Participants will get a behind-the-scenes look at Fantasma, the company’s upcoming original Opera for Young Audiences for youth ages 12-18, now scheduled in the 2021/2022 season.
Current Opera for Toronto Programs and Events
COC Ensemble Studio x Aga Khan Museum
Enjoy a new "pocket performance" by artists of the COC Ensemble Studio! In partnership with the Aga Khan Museum, young artists Matthew Cairns, Jamie Groote, Alex Soloway, Midori Marsh, and Jonah Spungin present a varied program of favourite works by Handel, Donizetti, Giordano, and Dvořák.
The concert was recorded safely at the Aga Khan Museum in early November 2020 and is available to watch now.
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COC x Why Not Theatre
In November 2020, the COC welcomed Why Not Theatre to our rehearsal and performance spaces at 227 Front St. E. to support the exciting development of a Sanskrit opera adaptation of the Bhagavad Gita, which will feature in Why Not’s production of the Mahabharata.
This creative residency is part of the COC’s ongoing Culture Hub project, which seeks to lift up emerging voices in opera through creative partnerships and access to our venue spaces.
On February 13, we helped welcome the Year of the Ox at Dragon Ball, the signature annual benefit gala for the Yee Hong Community Wellness Foundation. This year’s virtual event features an array of entertainment from Toronto and the around globe, including performances by artists and graduates of the COC Ensemble Studio. You can learn about more Dragon Ball at yeehongdragonball.org.
Photo Credits (top to bottom): Angel Blue as Mimì in La Bohème (COC, 2019), Andriana Chuchman as Musetta in La Bohème (COC, 2019), photos: Michael Cooper; COC Composer-in-Residence Ian Cusson, photo: Gaetz Photography; COC Ensemble Studio exploring the acoustics at The Bentway in Toronto, photo: COC Staff