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    By Public Relations
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    – Toronto audiences will soon be reunited with the best in live Canadian opera this winter as subscriptions to the Canadian Opera Company’s in-person offerings are now on sale. Three productions will be performed at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts during the remainder of the COC’s 2021/2022 season: Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini, La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi, and The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

    Madama Butterfly, by Giacomo Puccini
    February 4, 6, 9, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, and 25, 2022
    Sung in Italian with English SURTITLESTM
    A Canadian Opera Company production

    Canadian director Aria Umezawa makes her COC debut with Madama Butterfly. As co-founder of Amplified Opera, COC’s Disruptor-in-Residence, Umezawa’s artistic practice focuses on innovation and social impact; through her unique lens, Cio-Cio San’s journey to womanhood has been thoughtfully staged to reflect the impossible choices facing a young woman caught between love and clashing cultures. Japanese soprano Eri Nakamura makes her COC debut in the iconic title role, opposite American tenor Stephen Costello who returns to Toronto in the role of Pinkerton. The COC welcomes back Canadian conductor Keri-Lynn Wilson to lead the acclaimed COC Orchestra with Price Family Chorus Master Sandra Horst leading the COC Chorus.

    La Traviata, by Giuseppe Verdi
    April 23, May 1, 3, 7, 12, 18, and 20, 2022
    Sung in Italian with English SURTITLESTM
    A Canadian Opera Company production, Co-production with Houston Grand Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago

    Violetta is the most captivating courtesan in all of Paris — but when she falls in love with a handsome young gentleman, Alfredo Germont, she dares to embrace a different type of life and love. This acclaimed revival is led by American theatre director Arin Arbus who returns to bring 1850s Paris to lavish life with spectacular party scenes, gorgeous period costumes, and show-stopping arias. Egyptian-born New Zealand-based soprano Amina Edris is one of the most exciting up-and-coming voices on today’s operatic stage; she stars as Violetta alongside internationally renowned American tenor Matthew Polenzani as Alfredo. COC Music Director Johannes Debus conducts the COC Orchestra through one of Verdi's most celebrated and popular operas.

    The Magic Flute, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    May 6, 8, 11, 14, 17, 19, and 21, 2022
    Sung in German with English SURTITLESTM
    A Canadian Opera Company production

    Mozart’s fairytale opera centres on the timeless search for wisdom, truth, and love. As Tamino sets out alongside hilarious bird-catcher Papageno to rescue the kidnapped Princess Pamina, their journey brings them face to face with armed men, enchanted animals, and evil henchmen – lucky for them, a magical instrument proves to be their secret weapon. Turkish-born, Austria-based tenor Ilker Arcayürek stars as Tamino, with two recent COC Ensemble Studio graduates also leading the cast: soprano Anna-Sophie Neher is Pamina and bass-baritone Gordon Bintner takes on the role of Papageno. Canadian Ashlie Corcoran returns to direct the playful audience favourite, with German conductor Patrick Lange also returning to the COC podium.

    Download the media kit with full cast and creative teams at


    Canadian Opera Company subscribers enjoy the best seats at the best prices, flexible booking and easy exchanges, as well as priority access to new programming, events, and announcements. Subscribers also receive a ‘bring a friend’ discount on additional tickets, making it easier than ever to share the unparalleled live opera experience.

    This season, all subscription packages consist of all three in-person operas:

    Premier Subscription – COC’s most popular subscription package
    • Enjoy the best value for all three operas, the best seats in your chosen section, and worry-free, unlimited ticket exchanges 
    • Be the first in line for upgrades and seating requests from year to year
    • Purchase additional tickets ahead of the general public and get first access to signature special events and programming
    • Be there when the 2022/2023 season is announced live, with a complimentary invitation to our 2022/2023 Season Reveal event

    Flex3 Subscription – pay a little more to enjoy increased flexibility

    • Choose when to attend our three operas on any date that works for your schedule
    • Enjoy access to better seating than the general public
    • Save over single-ticket pricing
    Learn more about the COC’s 2021/2022: A Season Like No Other at

    The Four Seasons Centre operates under strict adherence to Ontario Public Health guidelines that include rules regarding mask use, vaccination, venue capacity, physical distancing measures and the implementation of physical barriers where necessary. For the most up-to-date information regarding current health and safety protocols, please visit


    BMO Financial Group: Season Sponsor

    Production of Madama Butterfly originally made possible by:
    John A. Cook

    Production Sponsor for La Traviata: CIBC

    Production of The Magic Flute originally made possible by:
    The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation

    Based in Toronto, the Canadian Opera Company is the largest producer of opera in Canada and one of the largest in North America. General Director Perryn Leech joined the company in 2021, forming a leadership team with Music Director Johannes Debus and Deputy General Director Christie Darville. The COC enjoys a loyal audience, including a dedicated base of subscribers, and has an international reputation for artistic excellence and creative innovation. Its diverse repertoire includes new commissions and productions, local and international collaborations with leading opera companies and festivals, and attracts the world’s foremost Canadian and international artists. The COC Academy is an incubator for the future of the art form, nurturing Canada’s new wave of opera creators with customized training and support. The COC performs in its own opera house, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, hailed internationally as one of the finest in the world. For more information, visit

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    Avril Sequeira, Director of Public Relations, email: [email protected]
    Davin Leivonen-Fok, Public Relations Assistant, email: [email protected]

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