Canadian Children's Opera Chorus
Since 1968, The Canadian Children’s Opera Company (CCOC) has provided a permanent children’s chorus for the Canadian Opera Company. The first of its kind in this country, the CCOC has gone on to establish an internationally recognized commitment to the creation and production of children’s opera. The CCOC consists of six choruses for ages 3 to 19. Led by Artistic Director Dean Burry, Managing Director Ken Hall, and Music Director Teri Dunn, the company engages young people in the vibrant world of opera by offering intensive musical and dramatic training and numerous professional performing experiences. In addition to their own concerts and opera productions, members regularly perform with the Canadian Opera Company and other major professional organizations, record, and tour nationally and internationally.The company has commissioned no less than 12 major operatic works by Canadian and International composers and librettists such as Gian Carlo Menotti (Chip and His Dog, 1979), Derek Holman & Robertson Davies (Dr. Canon’s Cure, 1982), Harry Somers & Tim Wynne Jones (A Midwinter Night’s Dream, 1988), John Greer and Jeremy James Taylor (The Snow Queen, 1993), Dean Burry (The Hobbit, 2004), and Errol Gay & Michael Patrick Albano (A Dickens of a Christmas, 2005). Recent major opera commissions include The Secret World of Og (2010) by Dean Burry, Laura’s Cow: The Legend of Laura Secord (2012) by Errol Gay & Michael Patrick Albano, East o' the Sun and West o' the Moon (2014) by Norbert Palej & CCOC alumna K.T. Bryski, and Alice in Wonderland (2015) by Gay & Albano. Children are involved every year in a production with high-profile professional directors, designers, singers and coaches drawn from the Canadian and international opera community.
Canadian Children's Opera Company in the COC's Boris Godunov. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2002