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Type  Opera house
Seating type  Reserved seating
Founder  Herman Geiger-Torel
Members  Ben Heppner
Genre(s)  Opera
Record label  CBC Records
Founded  1950
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Address  145 QUEEN ST W TORONTO ON M5H 4G1
Location  Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Capacity  Variable, approx. 2000–2300
Albums  Mozart: Arie e Duetti, Soirée française, Margison Sings Verdi, Richard Margison Sings French and Italian Arias
Awards  Juno Award for Classical Album of the Year – Vocal or Choral Performance
Similar  Richard Bradshaw, Russell Braun, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Michael Schade, Isabel Bayrakdarian
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The Canadian Opera Company (COC) is an opera company in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is the largest opera company in Canada and one of the largest producers of opera in North America. The company enjoys an international reputation for artistic excellence and creative innovation. The COC performs in its own opera house, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

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History

For 40 years until April 2006, the COC had performed at the O'Keefe Centre (renamed to the Hummingbird and then the Sony). Nicholas Goldschmidt and Herman Geiger-Torel founded the organization in 1950 as the Royal Conservatory Opera Company. Geiger-Torel became the COC's artistic director in 1956 and its general director in 1960. The company was renamed the Canadian Opera Association in 1960, and the Canadian Opera Company in 1977. Geiger-Torel retired from the general directorship in 1976. Lotfi Mansouri was the COC's general director from 1976 to 1988. In 1983, the COC introduced surtitles (supertitles) to their productions, the first company to use them in an opera house. Productions included Joan Sutherland's first performance of Donizetti's Anna Bolena.

Brian Dickie served as the COC's general director from 1988 to 1993. Dickie named Richard Bradshaw the COC's chief conductor and head of music in 1989. Elaine Calder was the COC's general director from 1994 to 1997. In 1998, Bradshaw was named general director. During his tenure, Bradshaw secured funding for the COC's new permanent home, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. Previously the COC had been performing at the O'Keefe Centre (renamed to the Hummingbird Centre and then the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts.)

In 2006, the COC opened its new opera house with an all-new production of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen. Michael Levine was the designer, and there were four directors: Michael Levine (Das Rheingold), Atom Egoyan (Die Walküre), François Girard (Siegfried), and Tim Albery (Götterdämmerung).

In 2006, Bradshaw's contract as general director was renewed for another 10 years. Bradshaw died of sudden heart attack on August 15, 2007. In June 2008, Alexander Neef was named the COC's general director; he formally assumed the position in October 2008. In October 2008, Johannes Debus made his debut with the COC as a conductor in a production of Prokofiev's War and Peace, where he earned critical acclaim. In January 2009, the COC announced the appointment of Johannes Debus as the company's music director. Pianist and vocal coach Sandra Horst currently serves as the company's chorus master.

2008/2009 Season

  • Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • War and Peace (opera) by Sergei Prokofiev
  • Fidelio by Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Rusalka by Antonín Dvořák
  • Simon Boccanegra by Giuseppe Verdi
  • La bohème by Giacomo Puccini
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream (opera) by Benjamin Britten
  • 2009/2010 Season

  • Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini
  • The Nightingale (opera) by Igor Stravinsky
  • Carmen by Georges Bizet
  • Otello by Giuseppe Verdi
  • The Flying Dutchman (opera) by Richard Wagner
  • Maria Stuarda by Gaetano Donizetti
  • Idomeneo by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • 2010/2011 Season

  • Aida by Giuseppe Verdi
  • Death in Venice (opera) by Benjamin Britten
  • The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Nixon in China by John Adams (composer)
  • La Cenerentola by Gioachino Rossini
  • Ariadne auf Naxos by Richard Strauss
  • Orfeo ed Euridice by Christoph Willibald Gluck
  • 2011/2012 Season

  • Iphigénie en Tauride by Christoph Willibald Gluck
  • Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi
  • Tosca by Giacomo Puccini
  • L'Amour de loin by Kaija Saariaho
  • The Tales of Hoffmann by Jacques Offenbach
  • Eine florentinische Tragödie by Alexander von Zemlinsky
  • Gianni Schicchi by Giacomo Puccini
  • Semele (Handel) by George Frideric Handel
  • References

    Canadian Opera Company Wikipedia


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