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CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY’S AIDA IS GRAND ITALIAN OPERA LED BY A POWERHOUSE PAIRINGBy Public RelationsRead the PDF version here.Posted In Press Releases
Toronto – Love eradicates borders in this powerful war-time epic. Aida, an imprisoned princess, faces an impossible choice: remain loyal to her family and country or abandon it all to be with her secret love, a young general who is also her captor. This grand Italian opera, by Giuseppe Verdi, has long enthralled audiences with its thrilling score and emotional storytelling. Aida reunites soprano Tamara Wilson and tenor Russell Thomas as the story’s central lovers; the two recently starred in the COC’s “revolutionary” (Wall Street Journal) Otello in 2019. Aida runs for seven performances at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts on April 18, 22, 26, 30, May 2, 5, 8, 2020.
THE FLYING DUTCHMAN SETS SAIL IN COC SIGNATURE PRODUCTION OF WAGNER’S DARK FAIRYTALEBy Public RelationsRead the PDF version here.Posted In Press Releases
Toronto – In this popular seafaring thriller, the Dutchman has been damned to an eternity of sailing the seas. Every seven years he’s given one chance to find true love and break the hateful curse – and hope flickers in the darkness when he encounters a sea captain’s daughter. But with the clock counting down until the Dutchman sails again, a stormy finale awaits. With its romantic, haunting score, this early Wagner masterpiece offers an excellent starting point for exploring the composer’s works. The Flying Dutchman runs for seven performances at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts on May 1, 3, 6, 9, 12, 14, 16, 2020.
RICHARD WAGNER’S EPIC PARSIFAL TO OPEN CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY’S MONUMENTAL 2020/2021 SEASONBy Public RelationsRead the PDF version here.Posted In Press Releases
This is the first Parsifal to be staged in COC history
Toronto – For the first time in decades, a fully staged production of Richard Wagner’s Parsifal will be presented in Canada, opening the Canadian Opera Company’s monumental 2020/2021 season with a company premiere at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. Cast with more than 100 singers, an orchestra of 110 musicians, and a nearly six-hour run-time, this journey of one knight’s quest for the Holy Grail offers Canadian audiences a rare opportunity to experience Wagner’s thrilling final masterpiece in Toronto, in a celebrated COC co-production directed by François Girard.