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Toronto - The world premiere of a new Canadian work was one of the many operatic highlights revealed today at the public launch of the Canadian Opera Company’s 2015/2016 season at
the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. The COC’s 65th season
is once again comprised entirely of company productions, four of which
are new to Toronto audiences, and features the COC’s first mainstage
world premiere since 1999, COC premieres of opera rarities and the
revival of classic masterpieces.
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Toronto - The Canadian Opera Company Ensemble
Studio, Canada’s premier training program for young opera professionals,
welcomes three talented new Canadian artists for the 2015/2016 season.
Tenors Charles Sy and Aaron Sheppard were among the seven finalists featured in the fourth annual Ensemble Studio Competition in November 2014. Sy and Sheppard were
top prize winners at the competitive vocal showcase which was the
feature event of the COC’s Ensemble Studio Competition Gala, Centre Stage,
an evening dedicated to the discovery and celebration of the next
generation of opera stars. In addition to the two opera singers, the
15/16 Ensemble Studio also welcomes pianist Hyejin Kwon.
Toronto - Alexander Neef, General Director of the
Canadian Opera Company, announced today the commission of a new opera
for its mainstage by one of Canada’s most important composers, Ana Sokolović. Titled La Reine-Garçon, the libretto is by Quebec playwright Michel Marc Bouchard
and based on his play of the same name. Inspired by Queen Christina of
Sweden who ruled the country in the 17th century before abdicating her
throne at the age of 27, La Reine-Garçon is currently in development and is scheduled to have its world premiere in the COC’s 2019/2020 season.