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.
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.
Cocktail Reception with open bar & hors d’oeuvres
Ensemble Studio Competition
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.
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.