Some of us can't wait to leave our high school memories behind us, but that certainly wasn't the case for Ensemble Studio tenor Charles Sy when he reunited with his alma mater, Cawthra Park Secondary School, this March Break in a special performance in the COC's Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre.
Before Charles embarked on his career as a professional opera singer, he was a member of Cawthra Park Chamber Choir. "Cawthra Park was when the classical music seed was inserted into my brain and my love for the genre grew exponentially while I was there," says Charles. The acclaimed choir (just one of 12 music ensembles at Cawthra Park, which is home to one of the Peel District School Board’s Regional Arts Programs), led by conductor Bob Anderson, performed in the Free Concert Series on March 17.
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One of the most beloved jewels in the COC crown is the COC Ensemble Studio: Canada's premier training program for young opera professionals. Founded in 1980 with a generous continuing grant from Imperial Oil Limited and with assistance from the Government of Canada, the Ensemble Studio provides advanced instruction, hands-on experience, and the practical career development skills necessary to succeed as a self-employed artist in a highly competitive international environment.
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From the multitude of vocal recitals presented through the Free Concert Series to, most recently, the blow-the-roof-off-the-opera-house performance of The Barber of Seville, members of the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio have dazzled and delighted us this year with their exceptional skill and artistry. With the conclusion of the COC’s 2014/2015 season, it’s now time for the rest of the world to get a taste of the hotbed of talent that Toronto has been home to for the last nine months.
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Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001