• 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.

    Posted in 1920
  • A Message from COC General Director Alexander Neef on La Traviata

    By Alexander Neef

    In recent weeks, there have been many questions about the decision to engage Stephen Lord as conductor for La Traviata next season, following allegations of harassment that emerged against him last summer.

    I have heard a lot of concern expressed for our team members, as well as visiting cast and crews. I also heard a desire for us, as a leading Canadian performing arts organization, to re-examine how we consider all aspects of such consequential matters. I am deeply grateful for everyone who came to us with their thoughts. 

    Posted in Press Releases
  • Circle of Artists: Olivia Shortt

    By COC Staff

    Olivia Shortt (She/her/hers: Anishinaabe from Nipissing First Nation) is a Tkarón:to (Toronto)-based multi-disciplinary artist. She trained as a classical saxophonist but also works in the arts as a multi-instrumentalist, improviser, composer, sound designer, curator, and producer.

    Posted in Circle of Artists


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