YOU MADE 2018/2019
A MILESTONE SEASON
CELEBRATING OUR SUPPORTERS
In our 2018/2019 season, more than 4,200 individuals made a gift to the COC to help us share the transformative experience of opera with our local, national, and global audiences. Together with public partners, corporate supporters, and foundations, these donors contributed nearly $12 million to help make our programming possible.
In recognition of this foundational support, our subscribers and members were invited to a supporter-exclusive event where they experienced a sneak preview of the 2019/2020 season, ahead of the general public.
With the help of our supporters, we delivered a diverse array of stories that spanned an astonishing 228 years of human creativity. These works were brought to life by some of the industry’s most compelling performers and creative teams, who offered our audiences unforgettable encounters with musical drama, psychological insight, and emotional depth.
Rufus Wainwright and Daniel MacIvor
“A gay love story that speaks to our time” — New York Times
Nominated for Best World Premiere at the 2019 International Opera Awards
Winner of Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Opera
Watch a moving moment from this work of “operatic alchemy” (Opera Canada).
Winner of five Dora Mavor Moore Awards, including Outstanding Production
The “solid gold” production won overwhelming praise from critics and audiences alike.
Così fan tutte
“A musical triumph” — Toronto Star
Così welcomed Ensemble Studio graduate Emily D’Angelo back to Toronto, just as she’s on “the brink of international stardom.”
“A rare theatrical perfect storm” — Opera Canada
Christine Goerke sang an Elektra for the ages – here’s how this superstar prepared for the hair-raising role.
“Music drama of the highest order” — NOW Magazine
This “revolutionary” (Wall Street Journal) production sparked conversations about representation and race in opera, including a personal essay by star Russell Thomas in our NOTES series.
“When the singing and music are so well executed we can simply bask in the glow of the fine result” — Toronto Star
This always-popular classic brought thousands of new audience members to the opera house.
ALEXANDER NEEF TO LEAD OPÉRA NATIONAL DE PARIS IN 2021
The end of the 18/19 season testified to the growth of the COC’s reputation in the global opera industry with General Director Alexander Neef recruited to lead Opéra national de Paris as its next general director, following the close of the COC’s 2020/2021 season. Having begun his career as a casting director with the historic and prestigious opera house, Neef’s return to Paris in 2021 will mark a remarkable next step, after more than a decade of leading the COC to its current standing at the centre of international attention and acclaim.
1,000 FREE CONCERTS AND COUNTING
The Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, presented by TD Bank Group, celebrated a major milestone with its 1,000th performance taking place on February 19, 2019.
Nearly 14,000 people took in one of the season’s 74 free concerts, which featured six world premieres and 387 artists across classical, jazz, dance, and world music performances. Special highlights included Songs in the Key of Cree with Tomson Highway, Patricia Cano, and Marcus Ali, as well as a special preview of Who We Are in the Dark, a blend of daring contemporary dance and supercharged music presented by acclaimed Canadian dance artists Peggy Baker, Jeremy Gara and Sarah Neufeld of the Grammy Award-winning rock band Arcade Fire.
AN EXPANDING CULTURE HUB
Our multi-year plan to engage diverse communities, provide publicly accessible art, and lift up emerging voices at our administrative home in the Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Opera Centre (227 Front St. E.) continued with the launch of Opera for Toronto. The ambitious programming initiative introduced new audience members to opera through free performances designed to break down barriers.
The COC hosted local residents, businesses and community organizations from the city’s Corktown and St. Lawrence neighbourhoods, and partnered with community arts organization Jamii to showcase the La Bohème-inspired work of four local Esplanade artists.
EDUCATION AND OUTREACH
We delivered accessible, enriching arts education programming to more than 32,000 patrons across the GTA. From inviting parents to experience live music in a baby-friendly environment and empowering GTA’s teachers through opera workshops, to sharing free pop-up performances, lectures, and sing-alongs, as well as creating a brand new specially adapted Opera For Young Audiences at our Culture Hub – our supporters helped us make opera more relevant, accessible, and illuminating in our 2018/2019 season.
Our supporters also helped us grow and sustain the COC Academy, Canada’s home to a new wave of opera creators and an incubator for the future of the art form. The Academy includes our flagship Ensemble Studio training program that provides thousands of hours of training to opera’s next great voices; the opportunity for young student musicians to perform at an opening night performance in our Orchestra Academy; and multiple residency streams that are nurturing cutting-edge Canadian talent.
Against the Grain Theatre wrapped up their tenure as our Company-in-Residence, and we welcomed our new Composer-in-Residence, Ian Cusson who has already penned a world premiere and will be creating a new work during his residence, in collaboration with award-winning Canadian playwright and librettist Colleen Murphy.
Centre Stage Gala and Ensemble Studio Competition gave Canada’s brilliant young opera singers a platform to showcase their talent while Operanation transformed the opera house into a fairytale party. Proceedings from both events went towards further support for our young artist training programs.
Our members, donors, and partners make all of this possible. Donate now to help us continue to support up-and-coming young artists, expand our outreach programs that bring the joy of music to audiences across the GTA, and bring together the immense artistic work that goes into every mainstage performance.
MORE WAYS TO SUPPORT
The Canadian Opera Company gratefully acknowledges the generous support of our corporate sponsors.
|OFFICIAL AUTOMOTIVE PARTNER OF THE COC AND THE FSCPA
||SUPPORTER OF ENSEMBLE STUDIO AND CENTRE STAGE
|PRESENTING SPONSOR, FREE CONCERT SERIES IN THE RICHARD BRADSHAW AMPHITHEATRE
||OFFICIAL CANADIAN WINEOF THE COC AT THE FSCPA
PRESENTING SPONSOR OF
SHARE THE OPERA
AFTER SCHOOL OPERA PROGRAM & SUMMER OPERA CAMPS
|ARTIST HOSTING PARTNER|
The Canadian Opera Company gratefully acknowledges the generous support through operating grants from these government agencies and departments:
SPECIAL PROJECT FUNDING
For many programs and special initiatives undertaken each year by the Canadian Opera Company, we gratefully acknowledge project funding from:
Employment and Social Development Canada
Ontario Arts Council
Canada Council for the Arts
THE COC ENSEMBLE STUDIO PROGRAM GENEROUSLY MADE POSSIBLE BY
Anne & Tony Arrell, Peter M. Deeb, Marjorie & Roy Linden, Sheila K. Piercey
The Slaight Family Foundation
$50,000 – $99,999
The George Cedric Metcalf Charitable Foundation
Chair-man Mills Inc.
The Hal Jackman Foundation at the Ontario Arts Foundation
$10,000 – $49,999
Audrey S. Hellyer Charitable Foundation
The Azrieli Foundation
Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP
Great-West Life Assurance Company
The Lloyd Carr-Harris Foundation
The McLean Foundation
Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP
Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto
Tesari Charitable Foundation
Vida Peene Fund at the Canada Council for the Arts
$5,000 – $9,999
The Hope Charitable Foundation
JMV Food Services Ltd.
Local 58 Charitable Benefit Fund
Mill Street Brewery
Shinex Window Cleaning Inc.
Unit Park Holdings Inc.
$2,500 – $4,999
Hicks Memorial Fund at the Calgary Foundation
The Primrose Charitable Foundation
$1,000 - $2,499
Gill Ratcliffe Foundation
Jarvis & Associates
K.M. Hunter Charitable Foundation
O’Shanter Development Company
The Powis Family Foundation
The Chase Hospitality Group
Drake One Fifty
CENTRE STAGE GALA 2018
Hal Jackman Foundation
Brookfield Asset Management
TD Bank Group
VIP Dinner Sponsor
Burgundy Asset Management
Ernst & Young
Chair-man Mills Corp.
Mill Street Brewery
Ryan Emberley Photography
Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto
Spirit of York Distillery Co.
10tation Event Catering
Department of Canadian Heritage
Department of Employment and Social Development Canada
Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport
Photo Credits: (top to bottom)
Banner photo: Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 2019. Photo: Ryan Emberley.
Guests at the Canadian Opera Company's Season Reveal event, 2018. Photo: Gaetz Photography.
(l-r, centre) Thomas Hampson as Hadrian and Isaiah Bell as Antinous in the Canadian Opera Company’s world premiere production of Hadrian, 2018. Photo: Michael Cooper.
Joyce El-Khoury as Tatyana and Gordon Bintner as Eugene Onegin in the Canadian Opera Company’s new production of Eugene Onegin, 2018. Photo: Michael Cooper.
A scene from the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Così fan tutte, 2019. Photo: Michael Cooper.
Christine Goerke as Elektra (at left) in a scene from the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Elektra, 2019. Photo: Michael Cooper.
Russell Thomas (centre) as Otello in the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Otello, 2019. Photo: Michael Cooper.
A scene from the Canadian Opera Company’s production of La Bohème, 2019. Photo: Michael Cooper.
General Director of the Canadian Opera Company Alexander Neef. Photo: Gaetz Photography.
Liz Upchurch (at piano) and Susan Bullock performing in the Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Ampitheatre, 2019. Photo: Chris Hutcheson.
Tomson Highway performs in the Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Ampitheatre, 2018. Photo: Chris Hutcheson.
Peggy Baker Dance Projects performs in the Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Ampitheatre, 2019. Photo: Karen E. Reeves.
Sarah Neufeld performs in the Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Ampitheatre, 2019. Photo: Karen E. Reeves.
A scene in rehearsal for the Canadian Opera Company’s world premiere production of Hadrian, 2018. Photo: Gaetz Photography.
Lauren Margison in the Canadian Opera Company’s Opera for Toronto, 2019. Photo: Gaetz Photography.
Opera for Young Audiences patrons at the Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Opera Centre, 2019. Photo: Gaetz Photography.
Samuel Chan and Anna-Sophie Neher at the ROM's Friday Night Live, 2018. Photo: COC.
A scene from the Canadian Opera Company’s production of WOW Factor: A Cinderella Story, Opera for Young Audiences, 2018. Photo: Gaetz Photography.
Canadian Opera Company's Summer Opera Camps (Junior Company), 2019. Photo: COC.
Artists of the COC Ensemble Studio and COC Orchestra Academy perform in the Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Ampitheatre, 2019. Photo: Ian G McIntosh Photography.
Lauren Eberwein at Opera Express: Union Station, 2019. Photo: Spring Morris.
Artists of the COC Orchestra Academy at Opera Express: Union Station, 2019. Photo: Spring Morris.
Guests at the Canadian Opera Company's Operanation: Tall Tales, 2019. Photo: Ryan Emberley.
Centre Stage Gala, 2018. Photo: Gaetz Photography.
Simona Genga performs at Operanation: Tall Tales, 2019. Photo: Ryan Emberley.