History of Opera

Focusing on new and/or recent productions of operas not part of standard repertoire, this course will explore outside the world of mainstream operatic productions through the use of recordings and DVD’s, bringing to life a fascinating world of unfamiliar characters and settings.

Lecturer: Dr. David Stanley-Porter 
Dates: 10 classes, Tuesday evenings or Wednesday mornings
Time: 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m./10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 
Location: Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Opera Centre, 227 Front St. E., 2nd floor boardroom 
Parking: Street parking on Front Street or in the parking lot on Berkeley Street
Fees: All 10 sessions – Adult, $225; Student/Senior, $180
         Individual Classes – Adult, $25; Student/Senior, $20

Golden Circle, President’s Council and Friends of the COC members receive enrolment priority. For information on these annual membership programs, please call 416-847-4949.

Classes tend to sell out early and are limited to a maximum of 50 individuals. To guarantee your place, full payment must be received with registration. Exchanges and cancellations must be made a minimum of 24 hours in advance. All dates, times and course content are subject to change without notice.

Full session registration for Golden Circle, President’s Council and Friends of the COC members begins on: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 10 a.m.

Full session registration for non-members begins on:
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 10 a.m.

Refund Deadlines:
Tuesday, August 26, 2014


Please contact COC Ticket Services at 416-363-8231, by e-mail, or print and mail your registration form with payment to:

COC Opera Courses
Canadian Opera Company
227 Front St. E., Toronto, ON M5A 1E8

Fall Session 2014


  • September 9/10 JANÁČEK (1854 – 1928) Jenůfa
    Production from Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona (2005), conductor Peter Schneider, with Nina Stemme, Éva Marton, Jorma Silvasti and Par Lindskog.

  • September 16/17 DUKAS (1865 – 1935) Ariane et Barbe-bleue 
    Production from Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona (2012), conductor Stéphane Denève, with José van Dam and Patricia Bardon.

  • September 23/24 PROKOFIEV (1891 – 1953) The Fiery Angel
    Production from Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg (1993), conductor Valery Gergiev, with Sergei Leiferkus, Galina Gorchakova and Larissa Diadkova.
  • September 30/October 1 GEORGE BENJAMIN (b. 1960) Written on Skin
    Production from Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (2013), conductor George Benjamin, with Christopher Purves, Barbara Hannigan and Bejun Mehta. Concert version of this opera, with supertitles, to be performed by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in March, 2015. Reduced ticket prices to be made available for class participants.

  • October 7/8 14/15 HUMPERDINCK (1854 – 1921) Königskinder 
    Production from Opernhaus Zürich (2010), conductor Ingo Metzmacher, with Isabel Rey, 
    Jonas Kaufmann and Oliver Widmer. 
  • October 21/22 & November 4/5 CILEA (1886 – 1950) Adriana Lecouvreur 
    Production from Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (2010), conductor Mark Elder, with 
    Angela Gheorghiu, Jonas Kaufmann and Olga Borodina.
  • November 11/12 & 18/19 RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1844 – 1908) The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya 
    Production from Dutch National Opera (2012), conductor Marc Albrecht, with an all-Russian cast.

Under 30?

Purchase tickets for $22 to all of our operas!