By Gianmarco Segato, Adult Programs Manager
It was just one year ago that Louis Riel’s portrait was finally hung alongside those of Manitoba’s other premiers in the halls of Winnipeg’s Legislative Buildings. Although never premier, as President of the Legislative Assembly of Assiniboia he helped pave the way for Manitoba to enter Confederation—ironic given his subsequent execution for treason by the same Ottawa government determined to unite Canada at any cost. Manitoba’s small but significant acknowledgement of Riel’s key role was long overdue, but is the type of historical realignment that also informs director Peter Hinton’s new COC production of Louis Riel.
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By Kristin McKinnon, Publicist and Publications Co-ordinator
Canadian conductor Keri-Lynn Wilson has impressed audiences and critics alike with her nuanced and expressive performances while leading some of the most prestigious orchestras around the world. This spring she comes home to make her Canadian Opera Company debut conducting Puccini’s Tosca. With such success, it’s hard to believe that an international conducting career was not always part of her plans.
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Is there a
better time of year than spring to experience the freshest voices and
brightest rising stars of Canadian opera? This April and May, there are
plenty of opportunities to hear the young artists of the COC Ensemble
Studio in performance, as well as one of its notable graduates, as part
of the Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre.
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Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001