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Canadian Opera Company's Spring Program


April 17 - May 22, 2015


Rossini’s comic romp stars Canadian baritone Joshua Hopkins as the wily barber
Figaro, who helps a lovesick nobleman win the woman of his dreams. This new
production, from acclaimed Spanish theatre troupe Els Comediants, conjures a
Cubism-inspired fantasy world hovering between fairy tale and vaudeville. Scottish
conductor Rory Macdonald leads the COC Orchestra and Chorus through Rossini’s
show-stopping and sparkling tunes.

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May 6 - 23, 2015


A bride unlocks the rooms of her mysterious husband’s castle. A woman, lost in the
woods, descends into madness. Robert Lepage’s ground-breaking production established
the COC universally as a visionary and compelling company. Now, it comes to the Four
Seasons Centre for the first time with superstar Canadian bass John Relyea as the
inscrutable Duke Bluebeard and acclaimed Russian mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Gubanova as
his curious bride. Canadian mezzo-soprano Krisztina Szabó makes her role debut as
The Woman in Erwartung.


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, with admission on a first-come, first-served basis. Concertgoers are encouraged to arrive early as late seating is not available.

April 1, 2015 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Vocal Series
Alice in Operaland

Under the direction of Ann Cooper Gay, the exuberant young artists of the Canadian Children’s Opera Company perform excerpts from Alice in Wonderland, a magical, newly commissioned opera with music by Errol Gay and libretto by stage director Michael Patrick Albano. Gergely Szokolay accompanies the performance on piano.

April 2, 2015
12 – 1 p.m. Chamber Music Series

Chamber Connections: Brahms

Three international rising stars from The Glenn Gould School (violinist Cordelia Paw, horn player Mikailo Babiak and pianist Jean-Sélim Abdelmoula) unite to perform one of the undisputed highlights of the entire chamber music repertoire: the Trio for Horn, Violin and Piano in E-flat Major by Johannes Brahms.

April 7, 2015 12 – 1 p.m.
Piano Virtuoso Series

Croquis Français
Award-winning American pianist Alice Gi-Young Hwang presents a colourful selection of French repertoire that captures the humour, subtlety and sonority of the French aesthetic. The program includes works by Poulenc, Ravel, Satie, Chopin, Debussy, Philip Lasser and Jean Françaix.

April 9, 2015 12 – 1 p.m. Vocal Series

Poetic Love
Tenor Andrew Haji and bass-baritone Gordon Bintner, both award-winning young artists of the COC Ensemble Studio, tackle two of the towering masterpieces of the German Lied repertoire: Schumann’s Dichterliebe and Schubert’s Schwanengesang. They are accompanied by Ensemble Studio pianist Jennifer Szeto.

April 14, 2015 12 – 1 p.m.
Chamber Music Series

Contrasts and Connections
Artists of the COC Orchestra unite with Toronto Symphony Orchestra principal cellist Joseph Johnson in a program of works written at the dawn of the two world wars: Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat and Bartók’s Contrasts. The program is rounded out by the Concerto à Tre by German-born American composer Ingolf Dahl.

April 15, 2015 12 – 1 p.m. Dance Series

elegant equations
Celebrated Canadian choreographer Peggy Baker presents excerpts and shares the inspiration, methods and motives that underlie the conception and creation of locus plot. This full evening work is set to premiere in Peggy Baker Dance Projects’ upcoming Toronto season. 

April 21, 2015 12 – 1 p.m. Dance Series

Raagini Dance creator Bageshree Vaze presents excerpts from the world premiere Kathak trio, Paratopia, revealing 21st-century Kathak and Indian classical dance aesthetics in a contemporary, global reality. Vineet Vyas accompanies her with live tabla music.

April 23, 2015 12 – 1 p.m. Piano Virtuoso Series The Baroque Dance Transfigured

American pianist Erik Lawrence explores the rich and fascinating world of Baroque dance forms on a contemporary keyboard. The program features a Baroque dance suite by Bach, paired with Brahms’ Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel.

April 28, 2015 12 – 1 p.m.

Vocal Series
The Futile Precaution:

Highlights from The Barber of Seville

The young artists of the COC Ensemble Studio present highlights from one of the most beloved and sparkling works in the operatic repertoire: Rossini’s comic masterpiece, The Barber of Seville.

April 30, 2015 12 – 1 p.m.

Piano Virtuoso Series

In Praise of Women: Music for Harpsichord

American pianist and COC music staff member Stephen Hargreaves presents a richly varied program of harpsichord music composed or inspired by women. The program features compositions by Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, Patricia Morehead, Germain Tailleferre and Wanda Landowska. Music celebrating women in mythology, such as Jacques Duphly’s Les grâces and Medée and works by Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer, round out the program.


April 12, 19, 26, 2015

Start time: 10:30 a.m.

Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

145 Queen St. W. (at University Avenue)

Cost: $20/adults; $15/seniors and students

The Canadian Opera Company opens the doors of the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts on April 12, 19 and 26, 2015 with 90-minute tours for the general public. These extensive tours include backstage access and are an exciting opportunity to learn more about the first purpose-built opera house in Canada, its history, architecture and innovative acoustic design. Starting at 10:30 a.m., each tour is led by trained docents and includes information and access to the magnificent Isadore and Rosalie Sharp City Room, the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre and R. Fraser Elliott Hall, as well as backstage areas like wig rooms and dressing rooms, the orchestra pit, and other spaces that only a stage door pass could unlock. 

Tickets for public tours are $20/adults and $15/seniors and students, and can be purchased in advance at or 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. Tickets will also be available on the morning of the tour starting at 10 a.m. at the welcome desk located in the main lobby.

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Canadian Opera Company
227 Front Street East
Toronto, ON M5A 1E8”[newsrelease COC]

Category: Dance
Start Date: 2015-03-01
End Date: 2015-05-31
Venue: Canadian Opera Company 227 Front Street East Toronto, ON M5A 1E8

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