CENTRE STAGE:

ENSEMBLE STUDIO COMPETITION

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2022

Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts
5:30 - 9:00 p.m.

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Join us for an evening in the spotlight as Canada’s top voices compete for your vote to be the next opera star! 

Throughout the summer and fall, COC judges have been conducting auditions in cities across Canada with some of the finest emerging opera voices in the country. Now, finalists will perform a final audition live during Centre Stage as they compete for cash prizes and the chance to join the COC Ensemble Studio—and you’re invited!

Mingle with artists and arts lovers at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts while you enjoy an exhilarating vocal showcase, delicious snacks, and incredible cocktails—all while supporting Canada’s emerging opera talent.

All proceeds go to support the COC Ensemble Studio, the COC’s career development program for emerging opera professionals.

  • KEY DATES
    Ticket Sales:
    • August 29 (Members)
    • August 30 (Subscribers)
    • September 1 (Free Digital Members and eOpera Subscribers)
    • September 2 (General Public) 
    TICKET AND TABLE OPTIONS
    Mark your calendar—tickets go on sale to the public on September 2!

    Competition Experience
    $150/Ticket 

    With your ticket purchase to Centre Stage you receive access to:
    • a selection of delicious canapés and refreshments specially curated by The Chase
    • access to the thrilling final round of the national Ensemble Studio Competition
    • a post-show toast feting the winners and finalists of Canada’s leading vocal competition


    Opera Under 30 Competition Experience
    $75/Ticket 

    Ticket buyers under the age of 30 can enjoy the full Centre Stage experience at a special price!

    Learn more about our Opera Under 30 offerings this season at coc.ca/OperaUnder30

     
    Premium Spotlight Experience
    $1000/Ticket

    In addition to the complete Competition Experience (see above), the Premium Spotlight experience includes:

    • a three-course dinner, presented in the stunning Henry N. R. Jackman Lounge after the main event
    • opportunity to personally engage with and celebrate competition winners, finalists, and current Ensemble Studio artists
    • connection building with cultural philanthropists and Canadian business leaders who share your passion for creating opportunities for the next generation of opera talent in Canada.
    • Tax receipts will be issued for the maximum allowable amount

    To purchase Premium Spotlight Experience tickets or explore table sponsorship opportunities, please contact the President's Council Office at 416-363-5801 or email [email protected]

    EVENT SCHEDULE
    Schedule:
    • 5:30 p.m. Pre-Competition Reception
    • 7:00 p.m. Ensemble Studio Competition
    • 8:30 p.m. Celebratory Toast
    • 9:00 p.m. Premium Spotlight Experience
    ABOUT THE ENSEMBLE STUDIO
    The COC Ensemble Studio is an innovative artist development program for emerging Canadian opera professionals.

    The company’s uniquely collaborative approach blends advanced study and practical experience through a multi-year program that’s individually tailored for each member. Artists receive intensive vocal coaching; language, movement and acting studies; as well as private masterclasses with renowned opera professionals. Ensemble singers perform and understudy mainstage roles, while Ensemble pianists participate in the preparation of the COC’s mainstage productions.

    Since 1980, nearly 230 young professional Canadian singers and pianists have acquired foundational opera experience through the Ensemble Studio. Former members include Ben Heppner, Krisztina Szabó, Emily D’Angelo, Claire de Sévigné, Gordon Bintner, Ambur Braid, Miriam Khalil, Wallis Giunta, and David Pomeroy.

    To learn more about the COC Ensemble Studio, click here.
    CENTRE STAGE COMMITTEE
    Sadhisha Ambagahawita
    Keith Baguley
    Chris Bozek
    Gregg Brown
    Daniela Carcasole
    Caitlin Cheddie
    Jon de Porter
    Tory Ferguson
    Eudice Goldberg
    Hanna Singer
    Alex Hourigan
    Megan Leahy
    Varqa Mirzaagha
    Kate Mostowyk
  • 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
    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
    Dining experience by Chef David Lee of Nota Bene restaurant, Centre Stage 2018.  Photo by Gaetz Photography
    Dining experience by Chef David Lee of Nota Bene restaurant, Centre Stage 2018.  Photo by Gaetz Photography
    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
    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
    Gala guests at Centre Stage 2017.  Photo by Ryan Emberley
    Gala guests at Centre Stage 2017.  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
    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
    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
    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
    Photo by Gaetz Photography
    Photo by Gaetz Photography
    Dining Experience Photo by Gaetz Photography
    Dining Experience Photo by Gaetz Photography

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