Toronto – On May 1, 2013, English National Opera announced that its Canadian Opera Company co-productions of Die Fledermaus and Rigoletto will be featured in their 2013/2014 season. These new productions of Johann Strauss II’s Die Fledermaus and Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto premiered at the COC in recent seasons and are staged by director Christopher Alden.
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Toronto – Alexander Neef, General Director of the Canadian Opera Company, announced today two new senior staff positions: Director of Production and Chief Advancement Officer. Peter W. Lamb has been hired as Director of Production, and Christie Darville, the COC’s current Director of Development, has been promoted to Chief Advancement Officer. The two new positions reflect the increased emphasis the COC is placing on both its artistic output and fundraising efforts.
Toronto - The Canadian Opera Company closes its 2012/2013 season with a production of Francis Poulenc’s operatic masterpiece, Dialogues des Carmélites, described by Variety as “subtle, yet gut-wrenching.” Internationally renowned Canadian director Robert Carsen returns to the COC for a third consecutive season to direct a cast of 161 performers, led by three Canadian opera stars: Isabel Bayrakdarian, Adrianne Pieczonka and Judith Forst. COC Music Director Johannes Debus makes his fourth conducting appearance of the 12/13 season leading his first Dialogues des Carmélites. He conducts the COC Orchestra and Chorus through what is considered to be Poulenc’s most haunting score and a work that contains one of opera’s most devastating and unforgettable final scenes. Dialogues des Carmélites is sung in French with English SURTITLES™. Last performed by the COC in 1997, the opera returns to the company for eight performances at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts on May 8, 11, 14, 17, 19, 21, 23 and 25, 2013.