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    By Public Relations

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    – For the first time ever, the Canadian Opera Company is inviting audiences to view some of its most beloved productions through a new, limited-time series, From the Vault. Every Thursday through the spring and summer, the company is releasing one full-length archival recording of a COC performance, beginning with its 2017 staging of R. Strauss’ Arabella. This presentation was the first production of Arabella in Canadian history and starred Erin Wall, Jane Archibald, and Tomasz Konieczny, with Patrick Lange at the podium.

    “Nothing can replace the energy of live performance,” says COC General Director Alexander Neef. “Rather than attempting to reproduce that experience, we wanted to offer something different: the rare opportunity to see our operas from a completely unique perspective – that of our production teams.”

    Archival recordings are not typically shared with the public. Instead, they are important industry resources that document the technical and creative elements of a production. The COC’s archival videos are recorded from the back of R. Fraser Elliott Hall and serve as a reference tool as teams assess the final look and feel of various set pieces, costumes, and staging.

    “We’re very grateful for the support of our theatrical unions and artistic collaborators in making these videos available,” adds Neef. “We hope our audiences enjoy this look behind the scenes as a token of our appreciation for their incredible support over the years and, especially, in recent months.”

    Arabella is available now for viewing online at until Wednesday, May 27 at 11:59 p.m. ET and opera lovers can sign up there to have each new video link delivered straight to their inbox.

    Further programming will be announced each week at and with alerts across the company’s Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts.

    For more virtual opera content, visit the COC’s Digital Content Hub at – home to the company’s entire #OperaAtHome performance series, as well as a number of exciting online music programs and videos.

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    At the core of Strauss’ opera is the relationship between two sisters from a financially ruined noble family, trying to find their way amid the changing world of turn-of-the-century Vienna. Inspired by this backdrop of age-old contrasts and a yearning for something more, director Tim Albery situates the action of Strauss’ opera in Vienna on the eve of the First World War. The staging suggests a time of hedonistic triviality with the looming cataclysm of the war that would destroy all the certainties of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The result is “an extravagant, visually appealing (Gustav Klimt-style) glamour that suits the characters and their situations” (Opera News).

    Based in Toronto, the Canadian Opera Company is the largest producer of opera in Canada and one of the largest in North America. The COC enjoys a loyal audience including a dedicated base of subscribers. Under its leadership team of General Director Alexander Neef and Music Director Johannes Debus, the company has an international reputation for artistic excellence and creative innovation. Its diverse repertoire includes new commissions and productions, local and international collaborations with leading opera companies and festivals, and attracts the world’s foremost Canadian and international artists. The COC Academy is an incubator for the future of the art form, nurturing Canada’s new wave of opera creators with customized training and support. The COC performs in its own opera house, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, hailed internationally as one of the finest in the world. For more information, visit

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    For more information or to request photographs, please contact:
    Avril Sequeira, Director of Public Relations, tel: 416-306-2387, email: [email protected]
    Kristin McKinnon, Publicist and Content Producer, tel: 416-306-2383, email: [email protected]

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