Opera Everywhere presents the COC’s reimagined programming, created especially for our present era.

We remain incredibly grateful to our partners, members, subscribers, donors, and audience members for ensuring that music can continue to connect us, even now.

New programs and events will be announced regularly in the coming months — sign up for eOpera for the latest details.

While these fall events and programs are all currently digital, we continue to actively prepare for a return to in-person programming as soon as possible, including through our performance partnership with the AGO, which begins in January 2021.


The best in music

From the Opera House features the best in music through in-person and virtual concerts, all staged at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. As with traditional COC programming, these events are meant to reconnect audiences with the experience and emotion of live performance and will be available for a limited time.

Sign up for the COC’s monthly eOpera newsletter to receive event and attendance details.


Upcoming From the Opera House Programs and Events


Free Concert Series Festival 
presented by TD Bank Group
Digital Event Series

This fall, the COC’s much-loved Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre takes on a digital festival format. The three-day program will present acclaimed artists from a  wide range of styles and genres, representing a cultural and artistic diversity that’s uniquely Toronto. The festival will also feature special introductions and interviews to provide insights into the artists’ work and performance practice.

Due to the latest COVID-19 restrictions mandated for performing arts venues across Ontario, the COC has temporarily halted all filming scheduled for the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, in full compliance with local government and health authorities. This pause currently affects the Free Concert Series Digital Festival but we will share revised release dates as soon as they are available. We look forward to sharing more opera experiences with our audiences soon and appreciate your patience and understanding as we work through this evolving situation together.

The past, present, and future of opera

Explore opera’s most fascinating – and pressing – questions with panel discussions and lecture-recitals featuring a diverse array of voices and perspectives.

Sign up for the COC’s monthly eOpera newsletter to receive the latest details about upcoming panels, lectures, and Key Change.


Current COC in Conversation Programs and Events

Mahabharata at the Jaipur Literature Festival Toronto 

Free Digital Event

As part of the COC’s ongoing Culture Hub project, which seeks to lift up emerging voices in opera through creative partnerships and access to our venue spaces, the COC welcomed Why Not Theatre for a creative residency in support of their development of a Sanskrit opera adaptation of the Bhagavad Gita, which will feature in its production of the Mahabharata.

Learn more about this exciting project from Why Not Theatre’s Founding Artistic Director, Ravi Jain, and Co-Adaptor Miriam Fernandes and famed mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik at the international Jaipur Literature Festival Toronto on Sunday, November 29 at 11 am EST.


Digital Video Event

COC Composer-in-Residence Ian Cusson teamed up with experts from the arts and sciences to explore music’s impact on our minds and bodies.


Key Change: A Canadian Opera Company Podcast Episode 3 Available Now!
Digital Audio Series

Co-hosted by classical singer and culture critic Robyn Grant-Moran (a member of the COC’s Circle of Artists) alongside COC Director/Dramaturg-in-Residence Julie McIsaac, the COC’s new podcast explores the operagoing experience from a kaleidoscope of perspectives, with special guests from the opera field and beyond. The first season explores what it’s like to attend the opera for the very first time, from the experience of being at the opera house to how an opera gets made and staged.

Upcoming COC in Conversation Programs and Events

COC at OperaCon November 27
Virtual Roundtable

On November 27, Musique 3 Femmes and Opera 5's new digital pop-up, OperaCon, will feature a free, two-part virtual roundtable on the COC’s upcoming opera for young audiences, Fantasma.

The event will include a discussion with the creative team — composer Ian Cusson, librettist Colleen Murphy, COC Director and Dramaturg-in-Residence Julie McIsaac, and Ensemble Studio pianist/intern coach, Alex Soloway — followed by a panel with members of the COC's community programs team — Sarah ForestieriMakenzie Morgan, and Christine Sutcliffe. Join us then to learn more about the future of opera!

Solo Spotlights with the COC Orchestra
Digital Video Series

The COC Orchestra takes centre stage in this illuminating video series hosted by Music Director Johannes Debus. Each episode features Debus in conversation with a member of the orchestra as they share candid anecdotes and unique musical demonstrations.

Sharing voices across our city

Celebrate local artists and arts organizations through digital and in-person concerts and programs, available throughout the GTA and online anywhere around the world.

Sign up for the COC’s monthly eOpera newsletter to receive the latest details about how we’re sharing the power of music with local communities.


Upcoming Opera for Toronto Programs and Events


COC x Art Gallery of Ontario: Hello from the Other Side 
– January 2021

In-Person Concert Event

On select Fridays in January 2021, artists of the COC Ensemble Studio will perform at the AGO with live, socially distanced pop-up concerts that celebrate the rich connection between the visual and musical arts.


COC x Why Not Theatre

Creative Residency

In November 2020, the COC welcomed Why Not Theatre to our rehearsal and performance spaces at 227 Front St. E. to support the exciting development of a Sanskrit opera adaptation of the Bhagavad Gita, which will feature in Why Not’s production of the Mahabharata.

This creative residency is part of the COC’s ongoing Culture Hub project, which seeks to lift up emerging voices in opera through creative partnerships and access to our venue spaces.

Photo Credits (top to bottom): Angel Blue as Mimì in La Bohème (COC, 2019), Andriana Chuchman as Musetta in La Bohème (COC, 2019), photos: Michael Cooper; COC Composer-in-Residence Ian Cusson, photo: Gaetz Photography; COC Ensemble Studio exploring the acoustics at The Bentway in Toronto, photo: COC Staff


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