C A N A D I A N O P E R A C O M P A N Y
Cosi Fan tutte
The Canadian Opera Company opens its winter season with Mozart's Così fan tutte, a sublime musical depiction of romantic love and one of the greatest works ever written on the nature of human
This new COC production is directed by Canadian film and stage director Atom Egoyan, whose concept takes its inspiration from the opera's subtitle, The School for Lovers, and sets the
action in an academy where love is examined, dissected and manipulated to illuminate the struggles of fidelity and temptation.
Led by COC Music Director Johannes Debus, this wry comedy about two couples
gambling with one another's faith and desire features up-and-coming talent, alongside distinguished veterans.
Cast as the sisters are two Canadians: soprano Layla Claire (COC debut) as Fiordiligi and Ensemble
Studio graduate mezzo-soprano Wallis Giunta as Dorabella. Singing the roles of the sisters' two suitors are American tenor Paul Appleby (COC debut) as Ferrando and COC Ensemble graduate bass-baritone Robert Gleadow as
World-renowned Canadian soprano Tracy Dahl makes a highly anticipated return to the COC stage after a 19-year absence, in the role of the conniving Despina. Sir Thomas Allen, one of the finest
lyric baritones on the world stage, makes his COC debut as the wily Don Alfonso.
Jan. 18, 24, 29, and Feb. 1 (4:30 p.m.), 6, 9 (2 p.m.), 15, 18, 21, 2014 Four Seasons Centre For
The Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. | Tickets: $22 - $332 Phone: 416 363-8231 To order online
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Ensemble Studio Performance of Così fan tutte
The rising young stars of the Canadian Opera Company's Ensemble Studio take to the mainstage of the Four Seasons
Centre for the Performing Arts on February 7, 2014 in the COC's new production of Mozart's sublime Così fan tutte, from renowned stage and screen director Atom Egoyan. This wry comedy about two couples gambling
with fidelity and desire is one of the greatest works ever written about human relationships.
Four exciting young singers share the roles of the opera's two sisters: sopranos Aviva Fortunata and Sasha
Djihanian perform the role of Fiordiligi, while mezzo-sopranos Charlotte Burrage and Danielle MacMillan sing the role of Dorabella. The sisters' two suitors are sung by baritones Clarence Frazer and Cameron McPhail,
sharing the role of Guglielmo, and tenors Andrew Haji and Owen McCausland sing Ferrando. Soprano Claire de Sévigné sings the role of the conniving Despina and bass-baritone Gordon Bintner portrays the wily Don Alfonso.
The young artists perform with the full COC Orchestra and Chorus under the direction of COC Music Director Johannes Debus.
Since 1980, the Ensemble Studio has fostered the development of opera in Canada as the
country's premier training program for young opera professionals. Its many graduates include some of today's most esteemed performers, including Ben Heppner, Isabel Bayrakdarian and Joseph Kaiser.
Feb. 7, 2014
@ 7:30 PM Four Seasons Centre For The Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. | Tickets: $25 - $55 Phone: 416 363-8231 To order online please click here
A Masked Ball (Un ballo in maschera)
Verdi's bittersweet opera of forbidden passion amidst dramatic political machinations and turmoil.
An all-star cast features great Canadian soprano Adrianne Pieczonka and American tenor
Dimitri Pittas in role debuts as the opera's two lovers, Amelia and Riccardo, embroiled in political intrigue beyond their control.
Russian mezzo-soprano Elena Manistina returns to the COC as the mysterious fortune teller Ulrica and Ensemble Studio graduate Canadian soprano Simone Osborne is the saucy page, Oscar.
Stephen Lord, one
of North America's most distinguished conductors, leads the COC Orchestra and Chorus through Verdi's thrilling score. This stunning production sets the action in an invented reality that draws on American culture,
mythology and visuals from the heightened Kennedy-era politics of the 1960s to the red carpet pageantry of awards shows in the new millennium. Striking period sets and costumes evoke the television series Mad Men
, full of the colour, optimism and vitality of the early 1960s, along with the occasional more contemporary detail.
Feb. 2 (2 p.m.), 5, 8, 11, 14, 16 (2 p.m.), 20, 22 (4:30 p.m.), 2014 Four Seasons Centre For The Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. | Tickets: $22 -
$332 Phone: 416 363-8231 To order online
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2013 - 2014 Season Free Concert Series
The insanely popular Free Concert
Series returns to the 3rd floor Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, which allows for breath-taking views through floor to ceiling glass windows of University Avenue as a backdrop. Includes concerts, performances and
presentations by young artists, Canadian and international opera stars and COC staff.
This is an exciting opportunity for Torontonians to experience the artistic excellence and cultural diversity of the city in the beautiful new Four Seasons Centre For The Performing Arts.
All concerts are free to the public. "Brown bag" lunches are welcome for the noon performances.
For a complete listing of concert dates and performances at the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre please click here
O P E R A A T E L I E R
When they first produced it in 2000, Opera Atelier "rescued Persée from two centuries of slumber, to the astonishment and delight of audiences and critics alike" (The Toronto
Star). For the Spring Season opera Atelier will be returning to one of the company's cornerstone productions, and in addition to it's Torotno run the production will be making the journey to Versailles in France, where
it has not been on stage since it inaugurated the Royal Opera House in 1770.
Called "an exquisite piece" (The Globe and Mail) and "a masterful 'run-don't-walk' production" (Classical 96.3 FM), and "a
resounding triumph" (The WholeNote), Persée is a lavish retelling of the Classical Perseus myth.
April 26 - May 3, 2014
The Elgin Theatre, 189 Yonge St. (across from the Eaton Centre) | Tickets: $38 - $160 To order online, please click here