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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

COC's January Productions and Programs


Fidelio by Ludwig van Beethoven

3 performances: January 24, 27 and 30, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.

Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

145 Queen St. W. (at University Avenue)


The Canadian Opera Company kicks off its winter season with Fidelio, Ludwig van Beethovens opera of triumphant courage and love in the face of oppression. In Beethovens only opera, Leonore, disguised as the young man Fidelio, works at the prison where her husband is unjustly incarcerated. World-renowned Canadian soprano Adrianne Pieczonka makes her role debut as Leonore and American tenor Jon Villars is her great love, Florestan. Gidon Saks sings the villainous Don Pizarro, who unjustly imprisons Florestan. Mats Almgren, a remarkable Hagen in the COCs Ring Cycle, is the jailer, Rocco and Virginia Hatfield is Marzelline, his daughter. Fidelio is a co-production with Opra national du Rhin (ONR) and Staatstheater Nrnberg, a COC collaboration that began last season with Eugene Onegin. German conductor Gregor Bhl makes his company debut leading the COC Orchestra.


Single tickets are $60 $290 (specially priced $20 tickets for young people under the age of 30 go on sale January 17, 2009). Tickets go on sale December 1, 2008 and are available online at www.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, 145 Queen St. W., Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.


Rusalka by Antonn Dvok

1 performance: January 31, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. (Opening performance)

Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

145 Queen St. W. (at University Avenue)


The winter season continues with the COC premiere of Antonn Dvoks Rusalka. In this adult fairy tale, inspired in part by Hans Christian Andersons The Little Mermaid, the water nymph Rusalka falls in love with a mortal prince. To be with him, she sacrifices her immortality and her voice. Dvoks dreamy and romantic music, which includes the stunning Song to the Moon, brings to aching life this beautiful, timeless story.


Julie Makerov returns to sing the title role, and famed Canadian tenor Michael Schade makes his first appearance with the COC in five years as Rusalkas beloved Prince. Russian powerhouse Irina Mishura, sings Jeibaba, the malevolent witch. Richard Paul Fink returns to sing the role of Rusalkas good-natured old friend, the Water Gnome, and former Ensemble soprano Joni Henson is the Foreign Princess vying for the Princes heart. Helikon Operas artistic director Dmitri Bertman, who staged the COCs From the House of the Dead, returns to direct this luminous production from Theater Erfurt in Germany.


Single tickets are $60 $290 (specially priced $20 tickets for young people under the age of 30 go on sale January 17, 2009). Tickets go on sale December 1, 2008 and are available online at www.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, 145 Queen St. W., Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.



FREE CONCERT SERIES IN THE

RICHARD BRADSHAW AMPHITHEATRE


January 15 to January 29, 2009

Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

145 Queen St. W. (at University Avenue)


The Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre includes concerts, performances and presentations by young musicians, Canadian and international opera stars and COC staff. This is an exciting opportunity for Torontonians to experience the artistic excellence and cultural diversity of the city. All performances are free to the public.


Date


Series


Artist

January 15, 2009

12 1 p.m.

Dance Series

Founded in 1992 by George Randolph, the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts nurtures Triple ThreatѢ; talent from Canada and abroad. The Triple Threat Cabaret is packed with song and dance, showcasing musical theatre hits, featuring the Academys recent graduates as well as current students.

January 20, 2009

12 1 p.m.

Chamber Music Series

Artists of the University of Torontos Faculty of Music perform Sound Exploration: New Music Festival Launch.

U of Ts distinguished music department perform a series of new works from various chamber ensembles.

January 22, 2009

12 1 p.m.

Chamber Music Series

Tokai String Quartet, poised to become one of Canadas leading string quartets, presents Dvoks Quartet No. 12 in F major, the American. Written during Dvoks sojourn in the United States, the quartet explores themes and colours from Native American and African American music.

January 27, 2009

12 1 p.m.

Chamber Music Series

Under the direction of Kathleen Rudolph and Paul Widner, the wind and string ensembles of The Glenn Gould School perform a program of Russian chamber music featuring Rimsky-Korsakovs charming wind quintet as well as music for strings.

January 29, 2009

12 1 p.m.

Piano Virtuoso Series

Pianist Younggun Kim performs Prokofievs legendary Sonata No. 7 War Sonata 2/Stalingrad. This sonata is a powerful and convincing synthesis of youthful exhibitionism and mature reflection on the most profound issues of the time. The agonizing intensity of the first two movements gives way to an exhilarating jazz-toccata in the finale.


EDUCATION & OUTREACH


After School Opera Program

The Canadian Opera Companys popular After School Opera Program returns. The program, which introduces young people to all the exciting elements that make up an opera, is $10 for a 10-week session and is held at four convenient locations in Toronto: East York Community Centre; Barbara Frum Community Centre; St. Christopher House Music School; and the Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Opera Centre. Under the guidance of Canadian composer Dean Burry, young people ages 7-12 create an original operatic work based on their own ideas and improvisations. Mr. Burry has worked closely with the COC over the years, composing several childrens operas, including Isis and Seven Scorpions and The Brothers Grimm. No previous music experience is necessary.


After School Opera Program

$10 per session

LOCATION 1

EAST YORK COMMUNITY CENTRE

1081-1/2 Pape Ave. (Pape and OConnor)

Winter Session: January 12 March 9, 2009

Time: Mondays, 4 6 p.m.

Call 416-396-2896 to register

LOCATION 2

BARBARA FRUM COMMUNITY CENTRE

20 Covington Rd. (Lawrence and Bathurst)

Winter Session: January 13 March 10, 2009

Time: Tuesdays, 4 6 p.m.

Call 416-395-6122 to register

LOCATION 3

ST. CHRISTOPHER HOUSE MUSIC SCHOOL

248 Ossington Ave. (Dundas and Ossington)

Winter Session: January 14 March 11, 2009

Time: Wednesdays, 4 6 p.m.

Call 416-532-4828 to register


LOCATION 4

JOEY AND TOBY TANENBAUM OPERA CENTRE

227 Front St. E. (Front and Berkeley)

Winter Session: January 15 March 12, 2009

Time: Thursdays, 4 6 p.m.

Call 416-306-2377 to register


For more information please contact the COCs Education and Outreach department at 416-306-2377 or visit www.coc.ca.


The After School Opera Program is generously supported by the Imperial Oil Foundation and

Kraft Canada.


Opera 101

The Canadian Opera Company presents Opera 101, a FREE event that treats young adults to a friendly, interactive, and informal discussion. Hosted by CBC Radios Brent Bambury, special guests Adrianne Pieczonka and Virginia Hatfield discuss Beethovens only opera, Fidelio. World-renowned soprano, Adrianne Pieczonka makes her role debut as Leonore in Fidelio, and soprano Virginia Hatfield, a graduate from the COC Ensemble Studio, returns to sing Marzelline. Together they discuss their experiences in the production; Ms Hatfield as an up-and-coming artist and Ms Pieczonka as an established artist.


Opera neophytes have the chance to enjoy drinks and free munchies while getting the scoop on what opera is all about. Topics covered in the past include the design, production and directorial decisions involved in creating an opera. New this season, audience members are invited to stick around following the discussion to enjoy FREE, live musical entertainment.


Opera 101

FREE

Drake Hotel (1150 Queen St. W.)

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

at 7:30 p.m.

For more information please visit www.coc.ca.


The Opera Exchange

The Canadian Opera Company, in collaboration with the Jackman Humanities Institute, the Munk Centre for International Studies, and the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto, presents


The Opera Exchange, a symposium that provides a thorough and entertaining look at the operas performed during the COCs 2008/09 season. An extraordinary array of academic specialists present lectures, followed by panel discussions with members of the COCs creative teams.


During the second instalment of the series, participants have the opportunity to discover new insights about Love and Liberation: Beethovens Fidelio, in which a panel of experts explore Beethovens only opera. Topics include: the revolutionary and philosophical roots of the opera, its relevance today; the music, politics, and themes of triumph, love and tenderness, highlighted by musical excerpts performed by members of the COC Ensemble Studio.


Love and Liberation: Beethovens Fidelio

Saturday, January 31, 2009

9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

$25 per participant ($15 for U of T Faculty and $5 for students)

Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building,

The Faculty of Music;

80 Queens Park (at Museum subway station)

Order online at www.coc.ca

or call COC Ticket Services at 416-306-2377


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