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.
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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.
Explore opera’s most fascinating – and pressing – questions with panel discussions and lecture-recitals featuring a diverse array of voices and perspectives.
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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.
Upcoming COC in Conversation Programs and Events
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 Forestieri, Makenzie Morgan, and Christine Sutcliffe. Join us then to learn more about the future of opera!
Celebrate local artists and arts organizations through digital and in-person concerts and programs, available throughout the GTA and online anywhere around the world.
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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
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