Centre Stage

Join us for Centre Stage 2019! 

In its seventh year as the premier fundraiser for the Canadian Opera Company, Centre Stage guests will mingle with emerging opera stars and notable COC artists at the glittering Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

The main event is the Ensemble Studio Competition, an exhilarating vocal showcase of singers who are vying for cash prizes while aspiring to secure an invitation to the COC Ensemble Studio, Canada’s leading training program for young opera professionals. Finalists from across the country perform from the mainstage, accompanied by the internationally acclaimed COC Orchestra conducted by COC Music Director Johannes Debus—an extraordinary atmosphere for both spectators and artists.

Following the competition, gala guests will have the rare opportunity to dine on the stage of R. Fraser Elliott Hall for an intimate meal prepared by award-winning Nota Bene Executive Chef David Lee. All proceeds from Centre Stage will go towards the COC’s Ensemble Studio, Canada’s leading training program for aspiring opera stars.

Guests can purchase general tickets for the Ensemble Studio Competition only, or consider our Gala Dinner tickets for the onstage celebration.

For a recap of the winners of Centre Stage 2018, visit us here.


  • COMPETITION

    The COC Ensemble Studio Competition highlights the finest young talent from across the country. The audience at the vocal competition will hear artists following in the footsteps of such renowned Ensemble Studio graduates as Ben Heppner, Isabel Bayrakdarian, and Wendy Nielsen, among others.

    The live audition process sees COC artistic staff travel to Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto and New York to audition hopeful singers.  Following a callback audition, the finalists are selected to perform at the Ensemble Studio Competition.

    At its heart, Centre Stage is about community-oriented philanthropy, with 100% of proceeds going towards supporting the COC’s Ensemble Studio. These young artists undertake an intense training regimen that includes hundreds of hours of vocal coaching, acting classes, language and diction training, as well as body movement and fitness instruction.

    Learn more about the Ensemble Studio and its current members.

    5:30 p.m.

    Cocktail Reception with open bar & hors d’oeuvres 


    6:30 p.m.

    Ensemble Studio Competition


    $50 (Orchestra Ring Rear or Ring 3 Rear)
    $65 (Orchestra Ring)
    $80 (Ring 3 and Orchestra)

    Subscribers enjoy early access to tickets as of February 4, 2019.  Sale for the general public opens August 26, 2019.  Opera Under 30 tickets on sale September 3, 2019.


    CENTRE STAGE GALA

    Experience the unmistakable glamour of Toronto’s premier cultural gala.  Following the Ensemble Studio Competition, join us on the stage of R. Fraser Elliott Hall for an exclusive dining experience and special performance.

    5:30 p.m.

    Cocktail Reception 


    6:30 p.m. 

    Ensemble Studio Competition 


    Dinner on stage to follow 

    Dinner styled by Executive Chef David Lee 

    Featuring a special dinner performance 


    Black Tie Requested

    $1,500 per ticket   |   $15,000 per table


    For more information about the event or to purchase tickets to the Gala Dinner, please contact 416-363-5801 or CentreStageGala@coc.ca.

  • Cocktail Reception in the Isadore & Rosalie Sharp City Room, Centre Stage 2018.  Photo by Gaetz Photography
    Cocktail Reception in the Isadore & Rosalie Sharp City Room, Centre Stage 2018.  Photo by Gaetz Photography
    Finalists with COC Music Director Johannes Debus, Host Ben Heppner, COC Board of Directors Chair Justin Linden, The Honourable Christine Elliott, MPP, and COC General Director Alexander Neef, Centre Stage 2018.  Photo by Michael Cooper
    Finalists with COC Music Director Johannes Debus, Host Ben Heppner, COC Board of Directors Chair Justin Linden, The Honourable Christine Elliott, MPP, and COC General Director Alexander Neef, Centre Stage 2018.  Photo by Michael Cooper
    Special Guest mezzo-soprano Emily D’Angelo performs, Centre Stage 2018.  Photo by Michael Cooper
    Special Guest mezzo-soprano Emily D’Angelo performs, Centre Stage 2018.  Photo by Michael Cooper
    Onstage dining experience by Chef David Lee of Nota Bene restaurant, Centre Stage 2018.  Photo by Gaetz Photography
    Onstage dining experience by Chef David Lee of Nota Bene restaurant, Centre Stage 2018.  Photo by Gaetz Photography
    Centre Stage 2018 Finalists with COC Music Director Johannes Debus, Host Ben Heppner, COC Board of Directors Chair Justin Linden, The Honourable Christine Elliott, MPP, and COC General Director Alexander Neef, Centre Stage 2018.  Photo by Michael Cooper
    Centre Stage 2018 Finalists with COC Music Director Johannes Debus, Host Ben Heppner, COC Board of Directors Chair Justin Linden, The Honourable Christine Elliott, MPP, and COC General Director Alexander Neef, Centre Stage 2018.  Photo by Michael Cooper
    Host Ben Heppner, Centre Stage 2017. Photo by Michael Cooper
    Host Ben Heppner, Centre Stage 2017. Photo by Michael Cooper
    Simone Osborne & Andrew Haji perform at the Centre Stage Gala, Centre Stage 2017.  Photo by Gaetz Photography
    Simone Osborne & Andrew Haji perform at the Centre Stage Gala, Centre Stage 2017.  Photo by Gaetz Photography
    Centre Stage Gala, Centre Stage 2017.  Photo by Gaetz Photography
    Centre Stage Gala, Centre Stage 2017.  Photo by Gaetz Photography
    Simona Genga wins First Prize and the Audience Choice Award, Centre Stage 2017.  Photo by Michael Cooper
    Simona Genga wins First Prize and the Audience Choice Award, Centre Stage 2017.  Photo by Michael Cooper
    Centre Stage Gala, Centre Stage 2017.  Photo by Ryan Emberley
    Centre Stage Gala, Centre Stage 2017.  Photo by Ryan Emberley
    Gala guests at Centre Stage 2017.  Photo by Ryan Emberley
    Gala guests at Centre Stage 2017.  Photo by Ryan Emberley
    COC General Director Alexander Neef & Clare Neef, Centre Stage 2018.  Photo by Ryan Emberley
    COC General Director Alexander Neef & Clare Neef, Centre Stage 2018.  Photo by Ryan Emberley
    Third Prize winner Anna-Sophie Neher performs, Centre Stage 2017.  Photo by Michael Cooper
    Third Prize winner Anna-Sophie Neher performs, Centre Stage 2017.  Photo by Michael Cooper
    Cocktail Reception in the Isadore & Rosalie Sharp City Room, Centre Stage 2016.  Photo by Ryan Emberley
    Cocktail Reception in the Isadore & Rosalie Sharp City Room, Centre Stage 2016.  Photo by Ryan Emberley
    Simone McIntosh wins First Prize, Centre Stage 2016.  Photo by Michael Cooper
    Simone McIntosh wins First Prize, Centre Stage 2016.  Photo by Michael Cooper
    Centre Stage Gala, Centre Stage 2016.  Photo by Ryan Emberley
    Centre Stage Gala, Centre Stage 2016.  Photo by Ryan Emberley
    Second Prize Winner Samuel Chan performs, Centre Stage 2016.  Photo by Michael Cooper
    Second Prize Winner Samuel Chan performs, Centre Stage 2016.  Photo by Michael Cooper
    Centre Stage Gala, Centre Stage 2015.  Photo by Ikonica
    Centre Stage Gala, Centre Stage 2015.  Photo by Ikonica
    Exterior of the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, Centre Stage 2015.  Photo by Ikonica
    Exterior of the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, Centre Stage 2015.  Photo by Ikonica
    Surprise Guest Jane Archibald performs, Centre Stage 2017.  Photo by Michael Cooper
    Surprise Guest Jane Archibald performs, Centre Stage 2017.  Photo by Michael Cooper
    COC General Director Alexander Neef, First Prize Winner tenor Matthew Cairns,  COC Board of Directors Chair Justin Linden, Centre Stage 2018.  Photo by Ryan Emberley
    COC General Director Alexander Neef, First Prize Winner tenor Matthew Cairns,  COC Board of Directors Chair Justin Linden, Centre Stage 2018.  Photo by Ryan Emberley
    Centre Stage Gala, Centre Stage 2018.  Photo by Gaetz Photography
    Centre Stage Gala, Centre Stage 2018. Photo by Gaetz Photography
    Ensemble Studio members perform at the Centre Stage Gala, Centre Stage 2018.  Photo by Gaetz Photography
    Ensemble Studio members perform at the Centre Stage Gala, Centre Stage 2018. Photo by Gaetz Photography
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