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Review: 'The Nutcracker' shines and shimmers in Toronto Special

Toronto - Wonder, whimsy, delight, and fantasy — The National Ballet of Canada’s annual production of 'The Nutcracker' is sheer delight. The production retains its splendor and beauty close to two decades years after making its debut.

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.

Review: 'Nijinsky' is a powerful piece of dance-theater Special

Toronto - The dance work 'Nijinsky' reflects its titular subject: it is brilliant, overwhelming, troubled, dazzling, profound. The National Ballet of Canada's production is a showcase for both incredible dancing and profound, heart-rending drama.

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.

Dancing a Cinderella story Special

Toronto - For ballet dancer Jillian Vanstone, performing in ‘Cinderella’ is a sort of culmination of a childhood dream. The National Ballet of Canada artist debuts in the title role this coming week.

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.

Review: 'Swan Lake' a first-class ballet that shines in Toronto Special

Toronto - On Nov. 9, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts had its “Swan Lake” debut of the 2013-2014 season. By the end of the legendary and historic Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky ballet, patrons were roaring in applause.

Review: Dialogues Of The Carmelites offers fear, faith, and grace Special

Toronto - Francis Poulenc's "Dialogues des Carmélites" examines the role of faith in the face of a mob. It doesn't offer a happy ending, but it does provide a powerful opera experience. The current Canadian Opera Company production runs now through May 25th.

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.
 

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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
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
Ensemble Studio Competition First Prize and Audience Choice Award Winner tenor Charles Sy  2014.
Ensemble Studio Competition First Prize and Audience Choice Award Winner tenor Charles Sy, 2014.
Michael Cooper
Alexander Neef has been General Director of the Canadian Opera Company since 2008.
Alexander Neef has been General Director of the Canadian Opera Company since 2008.
Bo Huang
(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
COC Music Director Johannes Debus applauds the Ensemble Studio Competition finalists and winners.
COC Music Director Johannes Debus applauds the Ensemble Studio Competition finalists and winners.
Michael Cooper
Artists of the Ballet in  The Nutcracker.
Artists of the Ballet in 'The Nutcracker.'
Bruce Zinger
Robert Stephen  with a very saucy  horse   in The National Ballet of Canada s production of  The Nut...
Robert Stephen, with a very saucy "horse," in The National Ballet of Canada's production of 'The Nutcracker.'
Bruce Zinger
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
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
Ensemble Studio Competition finalists and winners  2014.
Ensemble Studio Competition finalists and winners, 2014.
Michael Cooper
Frequently described as a “singing actress ” Racette has been hailed for her artistry and her de...
Frequently described as a “singing actress,” Racette has been hailed for her artistry and her deeply-entrenched commitments to both singing and acting. Known for her Puccini roles as well as performances in Italian classics, modern operas like 'Dolores Claiborne' (based on Stephen King’s book) and cabaret, Racette’s primary concern in approaching a role isn’t directly related to personal desire or ambition.
Veronika Roux-Vlachova
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 beloved dancing (and rollerskating)  bears  from The National Ballet of Canada s annual producti...
The beloved dancing (and rollerskating) "bears" from The National Ballet of Canada's annual production of 'The Nutcracker.'
Bruce Zinger
(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
Students of Canada s National Ballet School in  The Nutcracker.
Students of Canada's National Ballet School in 'The Nutcracker.'
Bruce Zinger
Elena Lobsanova and McGee Maddox in The National Ballet of Canada s much-loved production of  The Nu...
Elena Lobsanova and McGee Maddox in The National Ballet of Canada's much-loved production of 'The Nutcracker.'
Bruce Zinger

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