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8/29/2013

COC’S FREE CONCERT SERIES RETURNS WITH DIVERSE MIX OF INTERNATIONAL TALENT AND RISING STARS FOR 2013/2014 SEASON

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“I’m usually very secretive about little gems like this but I’m spilling the beans because the COC Free Concert Series is just too good to pass up.  And if it means that I have to get there super early to get a decent seat now that you all know about it, so be it… To say it’s a stunning experience is an understatement.” (1LoveTO)

Toronto – The Canadian Opera Company’s Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre kicks off an eighth season of dynamic programming this fall, bringing together established artists and rising young talent from Canada and around the world.  In a popular Free Concert Series tradition, the first concert of the 2013/2014 season introduces audiences to the opera stars of tomorrow with a performance by the artists of the COC Ensemble Studio on September 26, 2013 at 12 p.m.

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8/28/2013

PARTY OF THE DECADE: SAM ROBERTS BAND ANNOUNCED TO HEADLINE 10TH OPERANATION

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TORONTO, August 28, 2013 -- On October 24, 2013 the Canadian Opera Company celebrates its 10th Operanation with a collaborative party performance featuring the multi-platinum, six-time Juno winning Sam Roberts Band and the COC’s Ensemble Studio artists. In a unique celebration of sound and sensation, Operanat10n: A Night of Temptation transforms three levels of the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts into a multi-sensory evening of epic proportions. This year’s event is set to raise over $100,000 for the Ensemble Studio, Canada’s premier training program for young opera professionals. “Operanation began 10 years ago as a fundraising initiative and has since expanded to become an extraordinary platform for the Canadian Opera Company to reach new and younger audiences,” says COC General Director Alexander Neef. Operanation demonstrates how versatile opera can be by pairing our classical singers with exceptional modern musicians to create a truly unique party performance. We’re thrilled to welcome the Sam Roberts Band to our opera house to commemorate this very exciting 10th anniversary.”

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8/22/2013

COC PRESENTS PETER GRIMES WITH BEN HEPPNER IN SIGNATURE TITLE ROLE

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Toronto – Arguably the greatest opera of the 20th century, Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes, comes to the Canadian Opera Company this fall for seven performances at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts on October 5, 8, 11, 17, 20, 23, 26, 2013.  Recognized worldwide as the finest dramatic tenor before the public today, Canadian Ben Heppner returns to the COC in one of his favourite roles as the title character in Britten’s gripping opera about an alienated fisherman and the seaside village he struggles to inhabit.  Peter Grimes is sung in English with English SURTITLES™.

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