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Friday, July 15, 2011

Advance listings information for COC events in October 2011

This information includes highlights of the COC fall productions of Iphigenia in Tauris and Rigoletto, the Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre and the COC’s annual fundraiser Operanation.


OCTOBER 2011

OPERAS

Iphigenia in Tauris by Christoph Willibald Gluck

Eight performances: Sept. 22, 25, 28, Oct. 1, 4, 7, 12 and 15, 2011

Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

145 Queen St. W. (at University Avenue)

The Canadian Opera Company’s 2011/2012 season opens with Christoph Willibald Gluck’s lyric tragedy Iphigenia in Tauris, featuring the world’s leading Iphigenia, mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, in her much-anticipated COC debut. Graham is joined by two Canadian singers who have gone on to international stardom in their own right: baritone Russell Braun as Iphigenia’s brother Orestes and COC Ensemble Studio graduate tenor Joseph Kaiser as Orestes’ best friend, Pylades. Returning to direct this internationally lauded production is acclaimed Canadian Robert Carsen, who directed the COC’s Orfeo ed Euridice to rave reviews last spring. Considered Gluck’s greatest triumph, Iphigenia in Tauris lays bare the searing emotions of a Greek tragedy in which a twist of fate requires the heroine to kill her long-lost brother.

Single tickets for Iphigenia in Tauris are $12 – $318 (specially-priced $22 tickets are available for people under the age of 30). Tickets are available online at coc.ca, by calling COC Ticket Services at 416-363-8231, or in person at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts Box Office, located at 145 Queen St. W., Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi

12 performances: Sept. 29, 30, Oct. 2, 5, 8, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 20 and 22, 2011

Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

145 Queen St. W. (at University Avenue)

A tragedy of Shakespearean dimensions is brought to life by some of opera’s most passionate and memorable music with the COC’s production of Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi. The story of the tragic jester, Rigoletto, who vows to avenge his cruelly seduced daughter but ends up losing everything he loves, receives a new production by the innovative team of COC Music Director Johannes Debus, American director Christopher Alden and award-winning Canadian designer Michael Levine. Coming together to perform Verdi’s perennial favourite are up-and-coming opera stars as well as established voices from the operatic world: American baritones Quinn Kelsey and Lester Lynch share the role of Rigoletto; the role of Rigoletto’s doomed daughter Gilda is sung by sopranos Ekaterina Sadovnikova and COC Ensemble member Simone Osborne. Tenors Dimitri Pittas and David Lomelí debut with the COC as the Duke of Mantua.

Single tickets for Rigoletto are $12 – $318 (specially-priced $22 tickets are available for people under the age of 30). Tickets are available online at coc.ca, by calling COC Ticket Services at 416-363-8231, or in person at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts Box Office, located at 145 Queen St. W., Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

FREE CONCERT SERIES IN THE

RICHARD BRADSHAW AMPHITHEATRE

Oct. 4 – Oct. 26, 2011

Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

145 Queen St. W. (at University Avenue)

The Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre is a unique opportunity to experience diverse artistic programming in what has become one of Toronto’s most exciting cultural hubs. Six inspiring series offer concerts, dance performances and engaging presentations that feature both up-and-coming young artists and established international stars. All performances are FREE to the public.

Date

Series

Artist

Oct. 4, 2011

12 – 1 p.m.

Vocal Series

Introducing University of Toronto’s Young Artists

Under the direction of COC Chorus Master Sandra Horst and resident stage director at UofT’s opera training program Michael Albano, artists of the UofT Opera Division introduce themselves in a selection of operatic arias and ensembles.

Oct. 6, 2011

12 – 1 p.m.

Vocal Series

Mélodies Françaises

Under the direction of the Head of the Ensemble Studio

Liz Upchurch, artists of the COC Ensemble Studio perform a selection of French arias and art songs.

Oct. 11, 2011
12 – 1 p.m.

Vocal Series

Russian Romances

Russian soprano Ekaterina Sadovnikova (Gilda in the COC’s mainstage production of Rigoletto) presents a rich and romantic program of arias and art songs from her native Russia. Accompanying Sadovnikova on the piano will be

COC Ensemble Studio graduate Christopher Mokrzewski.

Oct. 12, 2011

12 – 1 p.m.

Vocal Series

Svadba – The Wedding

Under the guidance of artistic directors Dáirine Ní Mheadhra and John Hess, Queen of Puddings Music Theatre presents Ana Sokolovic’s riveting tour de force for six female opera singers. Inspired by Stravinsky’s Les Noces, Sokolovic draws on her rich heritage of Balkan folk music and literature, transporting listeners to a world of magic realism with her wedding tale of girlfriends preparing the bride-to-be in a ravishing and cathartic Balkan rite of passage.

Oct. 13, 2011

12 – 1 p.m.

Dance Series

Eight Ways from Mara

Choreographed by artistic director of Zata Omm Dance Projects William Yong, and with music by composer Andrea Rocca, Eight Ways from Mara is a multi-disciplinary, imaginative and visually compelling work that takes a fresh look at the ways we avoid life’s misery by relating to three elemental forces: confusion, temptation and distraction.

Oct. 18, 2011

12 – 1 p.m.

Dance Series

Flamenco Expressions

Founded by Lionel Félix in 2007, the Toronto International Flamenco Festival is the first of its kind in Canada, bringing internationally acclaimed artists from around the world to celebrate this powerful yet graceful dance. This special presentation showcases Canadian and international artists from the festival in exciting selections of flamenco guitar and dance performance.

Oct. 20, 2011

12 – 1 p.m.

Vocal Series

Love, Loss and Longing

Canadian bass Robert Pomakov (Count Monterone in the COC’s mainstage production of Rigoletto) is joined by the Gryphon Trio in a new arrangement of Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death by Canadian composer Gary Kulesha. The program opens with Beethoven’s only song cycle, An die ferne Geliebte.

Oct. 25, 2011

12 – 1 p.m.

Piano Virtuoso Series

Romantic Masterpieces

Japanese pianist Hiroko Kudo performs a rich and dazzling program of virtuoso masterpieces of the Romantic period.

Oct. 26, 2011

12 – 1 p.m.

Chamber Music Series

Music of a Silenced Nation: Soviet Composers

The Zodiac Trio presents renowned Russian composers from the Soviet era side by side with lesser-known yet equally important figures whose names never made it across the iron curtain. The program includes Stravinsky’s L’histoire du soldat, excerpts from Edison Denisov’s Sonata for Solo Clarinet and Shostakovich’s Sonata for Violin and Piano, and Galina Ustvolskaya’s Trio.

EVENTS

Operanation 8 – A Muse Ball

Oct. 21, 2011

Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

145 Queen St. W. (at University Avenue)

The Canadian Opera Company’s annual fundraiser Operanation takes place on Friday, Oct. 21, 2011. Operanation 8: A Muse Ball, presented by TD Bank Group, is a premier event for young urban professionals, melding the inspiring venue of the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts with the must-attend arts fundraiser of the fall social season. Celebrating artistic inspiration in its many forms, the theme of this year’s opera ball will call to mind muses of all forms from the worlds of music, art and fashion.

Tickets for Operanation 8 are $150/person (main event only) or $500/person (VIP dinner and main event). As of Sept. 1, 2011, tickets for the main event are available online at coc.ca, or by calling COC Ticket Services at

416-363-8231. VIP Tickets can be purchased by calling 416-306-2309. For more details visit operanation.ca.

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