• An Update on the Canadian Opera Company’s Spring Season from COC General Director Alexander Neef

    By Alexander Neef

    Like all of you, we at the Canadian Opera Company have been closely monitoring the latest developments in the global COVID-19 pandemic. It is a heartbreaking situation to watch unfold, and I hope that everyone has been staying healthy and safe during this difficult time.

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    Posted in 1920
  • Your Guide to Verdi's Aida

    By COC Staff

    Aida has rightfully earned its place amongst opera’s greatest hits. It has remained popular since its premiere in 1871 and is considered one of Verdi’s most celebrated works, alongside the likes of La Traviata. So it may be surprising to learn that Verdi was initially reluctant to take on this opera, nor did the path to its world premiere run smoothly.

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    Posted in 1920
  • Your Guide to Wagner's The Flying Dutchman

    By COC Staff

    In 1839, a penniless young conductor and failing composer named Richard Wagner was on the run. With no income to pay off his growing debts, he fled from his creditors across the North Sea to London. While he didn’t remain in England long, it was this stormy sea voyage that sparked an idea for an opera that would mark a turning point in the composer’s career.

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    Posted in 1920

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