• This Month in Free Concert Series: January

    By COC Staff


    The new year brings a new suite of inspired Free Concert Series performances to the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre!

    With nine unique concerts this month, we're highlighting a few selections for your consideration! Read on, learn more, and join us for an intimate music experience.



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    Posted in 22/23 Season
  • Looking at SALOME

    By COC Staff


    Following up on last season’s dazzling digital production of Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle, Academy Award-nominated director Atom Egoyan returns to the scene of his first-ever COC production this winter—Richard Strauss’ haunting masterpiece, Salome

    A groundbreaking thriller shocking audiences with each new staging, Salome rushes audiences headlong into a twisted tale of power and revenge. Strauss redefined musical storytelling with this operatic twist on a controversial Oscar Wilde play, retelling the Biblical story of John the Baptist’s martyrdom through the perspective of one of opera’s most iconic characters—the titular Salome, stepdaughter of King Herod. The young royal’s dark obsession with Jochanaan (John the Baptist) sets the stage for an infamous dance, a macabre kiss, and an explosive finale.

    Read on to learn more!



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    Posted in 22/23 Season
  • Meet our Salome

    By COC Staff


    A COC signature production fusing opera, theatre, dance, and film, R. Strauss’ Salome returns to the Four Seasons Centre Stage starting Friday, February 3! Academy Award-nominated director Atom Egoyan leads this cinematic experience, starring Ensemble Studio alum Ambur Braid in the iconic title role. The Canadian soprano makes her first COC appearance since 2018’s Hadrian, bringing expertise and acclaim as the princess Salome from her “explosive” performance in Barrie Kosky’s production for Oper Frankfurt. 

    We sat down with Ambur to learn more about the show, her approach to the title role, and what to expect from our experimental approach to R. Strauss’ classic thriller.

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    Posted in 22/23 Season

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