Toronto – Canadian Opera Company General Director Alexander Neef is pleased to announce that Music Director Johannes Debus has signed a new contract with the COC that extends his tenure as Music Director through the 2016/2017 season. Debus joined the COC at the start of the 2009/2010 season with a contract that would have him with the company through 2012/2013.
“I am extremely pleased that Johannes has agreed to an extension of his contract as Music Director. He brings such energy, talent and leadership to our company,” says COC General Director Alexander Neef. “His musicianship is faultless. There is no limit to the possibilities he can help us explore and the artistic heights we can reach within the environment that he has created with the orchestra and chorus. We are lucky to have him and even luckier that he has decided to stay on for several more years.”
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Toronto - The Canadian Opera Company is disappointed to announce that, after four months of negotiations, the company’s offer to the membership of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association and the Toronto Musicians Association has been rejected. An agreement would have allowed the COC to continue to produce, in partnership with the CBC, broadcasts of the COC’s entire 2012/2013 season on CBC Radio 2 and Radio-Canada’s Espace Musique. These broadcasts have been in place since the fall of 2009.
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Toronto – The Canadian Opera Company’s popular Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, generously underwritten by Peter A. Allen, returns with 10 months of captivating programming that reflects the richness of Toronto’s cultural fabric and showcases established artists and rising stars from Canada and around the world. The inaugural concert of the 2012/2013 season on September 18, 2012 at 12 p.m. is the annual audience favourite introducing the young artists of the COC Ensemble Studio in a program of their favourite operatic arias.
The 2012/2013 season features over 400 artists in 77 concerts and dance performances, including world premieres of newly commissioned works by the Canadian Art Song Project and Queen of Puddings Music Theatre, and exciting new creations by Ballet Creole and Nova Bhattacharya. First-time Free Concert Series performances include appearances by: coloratura soprano Anna Christy; the perpetually inventive Against the Grain Theatre; acclaimed pianist John Kameel Farah; Italian saxophone sensation Francesco Cafiso; the dance stylings of Jade’s Hiphop Academy; and unique instrumentations such as the Kaleidoscope Recorder Ensemble and Aruna Narayan, the only woman in the world to professionally play the sarangi, an ancient North Indian bowed instrument considered one of the most difficult to master. Also featured for the first time in the Free Concert Series are the Christina and Louis Quilico Awards, in a special early evening presentation in May 2013.