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CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY AND NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE COMMISSION EMPIRE OF WILD FROM IAN CUSSON AND CHERIE DIMALINEBy Public RelationsRead the PDF version here.Posted In Press Releases
New Indigenous-led opera is based on the best-selling novel
Toronto – The Canadian Opera Company (COC) and National Arts Centre (NAC) have officially co-commissioned Empire of Wild, an imaginative and enthralling new mainstage opera from composer Ian Cusson and librettist Cherie Dimaline that centres the Georgian Bay Métis community at the heart of its story.
“I am thrilled to be partnering with the National Arts Centre in the creation of this important, contemporary opera,” says COC General Director Perryn Leech. “Empire of Wild embodies years of community-rooted work that the Canadian Opera Company has been doing through regular discourse with its Circle of Artists, and marks a tangible response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s 94 Calls to Action. With this commission, we’re continuing our commitment to Indigenous representation by bringing a collaborative focus to the creation of opera that reflects a wider range of perspectives and lived experiences. We are proud to support the artistic leadership of some of Canada’s most prominent Indigenous directors, designers, composers, and stage crew.”
COC’S 2023/2024 SEASON SHINES WITH NEW PRODUCTIONS AND STAR-STUDDED CENTRE STAGE: ENSEMBLE STUDIO COMPETITIONBy Public RelationsRead the PDF version here.Posted In Press Releases
Tickets now on sale for all operas and special events
Toronto – Single tickets are now on sale for the Canadian Opera Company’s exciting slate of 2023/2024 operas, as well as Centre Stage: Ensemble Studio Competition, a fast-paced and exciting night of opera in support of the country’s very best emerging singing talent.
COC’S CELEBRATED FREE CONCERT SERIES RETURNS WITH FRESH NEW COLLABORATIONSBy Public RelationsRead the PDF version here.Posted In Press Releases
Toronto – The Canadian Opera Company’s Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre Presented by TD Bank Group returns on September 20, 2023. The company’s “mind-blowingly free” (Toronto Star) programming features nearly 70 performances this year, giving audiences a chance to experience a world of music, dance, poetry, and so much more right in the heart of Toronto.