• Farewell to Nina Draganić

    By Dorian Cox

    Next month one of the COC’s longest-serving team members, Nina Draganić, will be embarking on a new chapter and moving on from her role as Director of the COC Academy. In celebrating her leadership, we wanted to specifically highlight the incredible work and passion she has brought to launching and growing an extraordinary arts initiative, the Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre.

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    Posted in COC News
  • An Important Update on the Canadian Opera Company’s 2020/2021 Season

    By Alexander Neef

    Given the ongoing uncertainties around large-scale gatherings, it has become clear that cancelling all our originally planned winter and spring programming is the right decision for our staff, artists, and audience members.

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  • Five Times That Opera Scored All the Goals

    By COC Staff

    At this year's FIFA World Cup, conductor Valery Gergiev leads the Mariinsky Orchestra in the opening ceremony in Moscow, with performances from international opera stars including Anna Netrebko, Plácido Domingo, Juan Diego Flórez, Yusif Eyvazov, and Ildar Abdrazakov. It’s certainly not the first time that opera is being called upon to provide the soundtrack to bigger-than-life, high stakes moments in spectator sport—which makes perfect sense for an art form that reaches beyond the merely ordinary to display superhuman feats of athleticism and big emotion on the grandest scale.

    Here are some of our favourite performances in the history of opera as sports soundtrack.

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