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Wagner legend is brought to life by a fast-rising star Special

Toronto - New Jersey native Christine Goerke may be making her role debut as a legendary Wagner heroine soon, but she's still a tweeting, Skyping wife and mom who thinks size has nothing to do with sex appeal.

The Canadian Opera Company balances old and new Special

Toronto - The Canadian Opera Company moves into daring territory with its 2015-2016 season, announced this past week. A mix of old favorites and new works dominates a season characterized by bold new choices and old favorites.

Canada's opera stars of tomorrow shine at 'Centre Stage' Special

Toronto - Young opera talent was celebrated recently in Toronto at the Canadian Opera Company's annual vocal competition. Hometown favorites made up two of the three final winners, but the evening, overall, was a great showcase for Canada's impressive opera talent.

Youthful passion fuels 'Madama Butterfly' Special

Toronto - Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” has been accused of racism, misogyny, and gross stereotyping. But at its heart, the opera is really about the passion of youth, and the consequences of choice.

Sex, drink, food, and trouble: Verdi's Falstaff lives large Special

Toronto - Canadian opera singer Gerald Finley says the timing’s right to make his debut as one of opera’s biggest and most beloved party boys.

The Canadian Opera Company says 'Olé!' to Don Quichotte Special

Toronto - The Canadian Opera Company will be staging Jules Massenet’s 1910 work 'Don Quichotte' for the first time in its history. Along with being a company premiere, it marks the Canadian debut of the work's celebrated lead vocalist.

Atom Egoyan schools opera audiences on love and fidelity Special

Toronto - Mozart's 1790 opera Cosi fan tutte revolves around a deceptively simple premise of altered identities. Dig deeper, however, and it's a thought-provoking work about relationships and the trust and deceit that color our romantic connections and illusions.

The Canadian Opera Company: Something old, plenty new Special

Toronto - The Canadian Opera Company announced its 2014-2015 season in a splashy evening event at the Four Seasons Center Wednesday night in Toronto.

Pushing Toronto opera audiences into new territory Special

Toronto - Alexander Neef, General Director of the Canadian Opera Company, recently announced the company’s 2013-2014 season. It expresses not only a vision for the COC, but of opera's role in the cultural fabric of Canada's largest city.

Review: Egoyan's Salome — Gruesome, thrilling, and a great orchestra Special

Toronto - Richard Strauss' 1905 opera 'Salome' has all the elements of great opera: intense drama, a soaring score, challenging vocal lines. The current Toronto production, directed by Atom Egoyan, adds a modern twist.

Op-Ed: Sex, Politics, God, And One Great Tosca Special

Toronto - Puccini's opera is one of the most loved and frequently produced works in the classical music world. The Canadian Opera Company's current production is rooted in tradition but has some modern touches.

Op-Ed: COC performs dazzling production of Giuseppe Verdi's 'Rigoletto' Special

Toronto - In front of a near sold-out crowd at the Four Seasons for the Performing Arts, the Canadian Opera Company's latest production of Giuseppe Verdi's "Rigoletto" had everyone singing "La donna e mobile" as they left the theatre.

Op-Ed: Canadian Opera Company's modern production of Verdi's 'Aida' Special

Toronto - The Canadian Opera Company (COC) had its last showing of the classic Giuseppe Verdi opera "Aida" last night in Toronto. Although the lead roles by Michele Capalbo and Rosario La Spina were divine, why did the COC modernize such an historic opera?

Madama Butterfly at the Four Seasons Center in Toronto Special

On Wednesday, the last show this season of Giacomo Puccini's "Madama Butterfly" took place at the Four Seasons Center for the Performing Arts in Toronto. After the show, dozens of audience members discussed the actions of the opera's characters.
 

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A scene from the Canadian Opera Company production of  Die Walküre   2015.
A scene from the Canadian Opera Company production of 'Die Walküre', 2015.
Michael Cooper
Composer Barbara Monk Feldman  whose  Pyramus and Thisbe  will be premiering as part of the Canadian...
Composer Barbara Monk Feldman, whose 'Pyramus and Thisbe' will be premiering as part of the Canadian Opera Company's 2015-2016 season.
Jeff Higgins
Alice Coote as Dejanira and Eric Owens as Hercules in the Canadian Opera Company/Lyric Opera of Chic...
Alice Coote as Dejanira and Eric Owens as Hercules in the Canadian Opera Company/Lyric Opera of Chicago (LOC) co-production of George Frideric Handel's "Hercules" from 2011 (LOC); the production will open in Toronto in April 2014.
Dan Rest
(L-R) Patricia Racette and Stefano Secco as Cio-Cio San and Pinkerton in the Canadian Opera Company ...
(L-R) Patricia Racette and Stefano Secco as Cio-Cio San and Pinkerton in the Canadian Opera Company's production of 'Madama Butterfly', opening October 10th.
Veronika Roux-Vlachova
If Neef’s relative youth to the position -he’s in his late thirties -renders him precocious (and...
If Neef’s relative youth to the position -he’s in his late thirties -renders him precocious (and, paired with a decidedly continental-European approach, perhaps even arrogant) to some critics, it also affords him varying degrees of confidence, curiosity, and casualness. He’s good at what he does, he’s ready to try new things, and he doesn’t mind pushing audiences into new, unfamiliar territory.
Bo Huang
Hanna Schwarz (L) as Herodias and Erika Sunnegårdh as Salome in the Canadian Opera Company’s prod...
Hanna Schwarz (L) as Herodias and Erika Sunnegårdh as Salome in the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Salome, 2013.
Michael Cooper
Center  L-R: Jean-François Lapointe as Marquis de la Force  Isabel Bayrakdarian as Blanche de la Fo...
Center, L-R: Jean-François Lapointe as Marquis de la Force, Isabel Bayrakdarian as Blanche de la Force and Frédéric Antoun as Chevalier de la Force in the Canadian Opera Company’s production of "Dialogues des Carmélites", 2013.
Michael Cooper
Mark Delavan as Scarpia (centre) in a scene from the Canadian Opera Company production of Tosca  201...
Mark Delavan as Scarpia (centre) in a scene from the Canadian Opera Company production of Tosca, 2012.
Michael Cooper
Sir Thomas Allen as Don Alfonso (at right) with the COC Chorus in a scene from the Canadian Opera Co...
Sir Thomas Allen as Don Alfonso (at right) with the COC Chorus in a scene from the Canadian Opera Company’s new production of "Così fan tutte", 2014.
Chris Hutcheson
Minnesota-born soprano Kelly Kaduce has sung a variety of roles in works by Mozart  Puccini  Massene...
Minnesota-born soprano Kelly Kaduce has sung a variety of roles in works by Mozart, Puccini, Massenet, Bizet, and Britten, among many others.
Veronika Roux-Vlachova
Carlo Ventre as Cavaradossi in the Canadian Opera Company production of Tosca  2012.
Carlo Ventre as Cavaradossi in the Canadian Opera Company production of Tosca, 2012.
Michael Cooper
Rinat Shaham as Carmen and Alain Coulombe as Zuniga. Photo from  Carmen  (Canadian Opera Company  20...
Rinat Shaham as Carmen and Alain Coulombe as Zuniga. Photo from 'Carmen' (Canadian Opera Company, 2010), which will be staged as part of the COC's 2015-2016 season.
Michael Cooper
Luca Pisaroni as Maometto II. Photo from  Maometto II  (Sante Fe Opera  2012).
Luca Pisaroni as Maometto II. Photo from 'Maometto II' (Sante Fe Opera, 2012).
Ken Howard
(L-R) Elizabeth DeShong as Suzuki and Patricia Racette as Cio-Cio San in the Canadian Opera Company ...
(L-R) Elizabeth DeShong as Suzuki and Patricia Racette as Cio-Cio San in the Canadian Opera Company production of 'Madama Butterfly', 2014.
Veronika Roux-Vlachova
Ambur Braid as Adele and Peter Barrett as Dr. Falke in the Canadian Opera Company s new production o...
Ambur Braid as Adele and Peter Barrett as Dr. Falke in the Canadian Opera Company's new production of Johann Strauss II's "Die Fledermaus" from 2012.
Michael Cooper
A scene from the Canadian Opera Company’s production of  Dialogues des Carmélites   2013.
A scene from the Canadian Opera Company’s production of "Dialogues des Carmélites", 2013.
Michael Cooper
The winners of this year s Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio singing competition (L-R): Aaron S...
The winners of this year's Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio singing competition (L-R): Aaron Sheppard, Dimitri Katotakis, COC General Manager Alexander Neef, and Charles Sy.
Michael Cooper
Isabel Bayrakdarian as Blanche de la Force in the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Dialogues...
Isabel Bayrakdarian as Blanche de la Force in the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Dialogues des Carmélites, 2013.
Chris Hutcheson
A scene from the 2011 Salzburg Festival production of Mozart s  The Marriage of Figaro   which will ...
A scene from the 2011 Salzburg Festival production of Mozart's 'The Marriage of Figaro', which will be part of the COC's 2015-2016 season. "Mozart is key, like the core of the core," Neef says. "(His work is) the most human and he never judges his characters." ( L-R, Genia Kühmeier as the Countess, Katija Dragojevic as Cherubino and Marlis Petersen as Susanna)
Monika Rittershaus
 Maybe I’m going for the perceived ‘older guys’ when I still have a lot of youthful energy   s...
"Maybe I’m going for the perceived ‘older guys’ when I still have a lot of youthful energy," says Finley with a smile. "I’m not exactly young — I’m in my mid 50s — but it’s something I hope I can sustain for a long time. The youthful aspect of my stage work is great, but I can’t do those younger roles forever."
Veronika Roux-Vlachova

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