Join us for Centre Stage 2019!

Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

FEATURING THE
ENSEMBLE STUDIO COMPETITION

Celebrate, support, and mingle with emerging opera stars and notable COC artists at the glittering Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. Guests have the rare opportunity to dine on the stage of R. Fraser Elliott Hall. All proceeds from Centre Stage go towards the COC’s Ensemble Studio, Canada’s premier training program for the next generation of opera talent.

If you are interested in purchasing tickets ($1,500) or a table ($15,000) for this black-tie gala event, please contact [email protected].

This year’s Centre Stage Gala will take place on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, immediately following the evening’s Ensemble Studio Competition.


  • CENTRE STAGE GALA 2019

    Subaqueous

    Inspired by the COC’s production of Rusalka, dive into the annual Centre Stage Gala as we transform the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts into an under-water inspired experience.

    Wednesday, October 30, 2019
    Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts
    145 Queen St W., Toronto

    COCKTAIL RECEPTION
    5:30 p.m.

    ENSEMBLE STUDIO COMPETITION
    6:30 p.m.

    After a nation-wide search, opera’s rising stars compete for cash prizes and a chance to be invited to join the Ensemble Studio program. Accompanied by the COC Orchestra conducted by COC Music Director Johannes Debus.

    GALA DINNER
    Festivities culminate with an exclusive black-tie dining experience by Chase Hospitality Group on the stage of the R. Fraser Elliott Hall.

    CO-CHAIRS
    Lucia & Jeffrey Remedios

    COMMITTEE
    Kate Gibbons
    Kate Alexander Daniels
    Aneta Friisdahl
    John Zerucelli



    CENTRE STAGE 2019 SPONSORS:

  • 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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