Canadian Opera Company - Toronto
26 September 2018

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Anna Bolena
The Nightingale and Other Short Fables
Die Entführung aus dem Serail
Rigoletto
L'elisir d'amore

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Anna Bolena

Canadian Opera Company


No. of reviews: 6

Another triumph for Sondra Radvanovsky
9 May 18 / ConcertoNet (English)
Sondra Radvanovsky reigns supreme in the COC's Anna Bolena
9 May 18 / Broadway World
Anna Bolena is a great showcase for soprano Sondra Radvanovsky, but not much else
9 May 18 / Now Toronto
Le parole dei Tudor
8 May 18 / L'Ape musicale
With Anna Bolena, the COC bets it all on Sondra Radvanovsky – and it sure pays off
8 May 18 / The Globe and Mail
Star Sondra Radvanovsky’s vocals lead Canadian Opera Company to triumph with Anna Bolena
5 May 18 / The Toronto Star
The Nightingale and Other Short Fables

Canadian Opera Company


No. of reviews: 6

A magical night at the opera
4 May 18 / Broadway World
L'incanto della fiaba
25 Apr 18 / L'Ape musicale
Robert Lepage’s watery production returns
22 Apr 18 / ConcertoNet (English)
The Nightingale proves the power of live theatre
18 Apr 18 / The Globe and Mail
An enchanting night of music theatre
18 Apr 18 / Now Toronto
The Nightingale is musical and visual storytelling at its finest in COC revival
18 Apr 18 / The Toronto Star
Die Entführung aus dem Serail

Canadian Opera Company


No. of reviews: 4

Mozart with extras, alas
20 Feb 18 / ConcertoNet (English)
Didactic, sanitized staging abducts Mozart’s Seraglio
17 Feb 18 / Classical Voice North America
Revisions to libretto don’t feel all that necessary
14 Feb 18 / OperaWire
Updated opera Abduction from the Seraglio a mess in all but the music
9 Feb 18 / The Toronto Star
Rigoletto

Canadian Opera Company


No. of reviews: 7

Il club dei cortigiani
30 Jan 18 / L'Ape musicale
Rigoletto reboot
30 Jan 18 / barczablog
This Rigoletto will leave you cold
26 Jan 18 / Now Toronto
A baffling return
25 Jan 18 / ConcertoNet (English)
Crisper, tighter, more relevant: revival of Christopher Alden's Rigoletto at the COC
23 Jan 18 / Bachtrack
COC’s Rigoletto is both a musical jackpot and directorial puzzle
23 Jan 18 / The Globe and Mail
Rigoletto revival graced with first-rate voices
22 Jan 18 / The Toronto Star
Le nozze di Figaro

Canadian Opera Company


No. of reviews: 7

Nozze all'inglese
2 Nov 17 / L'Ape musicale
A marriage of style and substance
2 Nov 17 / ConcertoNet (English)
Eros, nient'altro che Eros
13 Feb 16 / L'Ape musicale
A long evening
8 Feb 16 / ConcertoNet (English)
Get reintroduced to Mozart's 'Figaro' with the Canadian Opera Company
8 Feb 16 / The Examiner
A Marriage of Figaro with psychological depth
6 Feb 16 / The Toronto Star
The Marriage of Figaro proves we can love an opera that omits the best bits
6 Feb 16 / The Globe and Mail
L'elisir d'amore

Canadian Opera Company


No. of reviews: 4

Senza pensieri
20 Oct 17 / L'Ape musicale
COC's The Elixir Of Love is a middling concoction
19 Oct 17 / Now Toronto
A jaunty success
17 Oct 17 / ConcertoNet (English)
Elixir of Love’s recipe works to perfection
13 Oct 17 / The Toronto Star
Arabella

Canadian Opera Company


No. of reviews: 7

Arabella was a beautiful and dazzling operatic production
19 Oct 17 / The Strand
Il sorriso nel crepuscolo
18 Oct 17 / L'Ape musicale
Girlhood, interrupted
17 Oct 17 / parterre box
This Arabella will make you fall in love
13 Oct 17 / Now Toronto
Musically vibrant, visually subdued
10 Oct 17 / ConcertoNet (English)
Canadian Opera Company's Arabella sparkles in every way
7 Oct 17 / Broadway World
COC’s Arabella succeeds on strength of its singers
7 Oct 17 / The Toronto Star
Tosca

Canadian Opera Company


No. of reviews: 8

Why tamper with success?
17 May 17 / ConcertoNet (English)
Tosca’s cautious leap
15 May 17 / Opera Today
Women rule in COC’s terrific Tosca
6 May 17 / Now Toronto
Le campane di San Pietro
5 May 17 / L'Ape musicale
Adrianne Pieczonka nails her scenes to the stage floor in Tosca
3 May 17 / The Toronto Star
Canadian Opera Company's Tosca is a total triumph
3 May 17 / Broadway World
Adrianne Pieczonka slays as Puccini’s tortured diva
3 May 17 / OperaWire
COC offers a night at the cinematic opera with Tosca
2 May 17 / The Globe and Mail
Louis Riel

Canadian Opera Company


No. of reviews: 7

With its new production of Harry Somers’ Louis Riel, Canadian Opera Company has covered itself in resplendent glory
15 May 17 / Opera Today
A harrowing epic
11 May 17 / ConcertoNet (English)
L'Opera e la Storia
5 May 17 / L'Ape musicale
Louis Riel revival is electric
26 Apr 17 / Now Toronto
A step in the right direction
25 Apr 17 / Broadway World
Grand visions flame out at Louis Riel opera
22 Apr 17 / The Globe and Mail
Louis Riel opera’s flaws redeemed, mostly, by star Russell Braun
22 Apr 17 / The Toronto Star
Götterdämmerung

Canadian Opera Company


No. of reviews: 6

Cards on the table
28 Feb 17 / parterre box
Musically magnificent, visually subdued
24 Feb 17 / ConcertoNet (French)
En plus de cette éclatante réussite orchestrale, ce Crépuscule des dieux permet d'entendre une brillante distribution
12 Feb 17 / Avant-Scène Opéra
The Canadian Opera Company’s Götterdämmerung dazzles with its art and humanity
8 Feb 17 / Now Toronto
Gotterdammerung still speaks to the human condition
4 Feb 17 / The Toronto Star
Christine Goerke stuns in COC’s powerful Goetterdaemmerung
4 Feb 17 / The Globe and Mail
Christine Goerke on Wagner, endurance and the drive to perform
In a year or so, Christine Goerke will be sing Brunhilde in a complete Ring Cycle at the Met. Odds are, when that happens, that she will be one of the most famous operatic performers in the world.
Christine Goerke talks Brünnhilde
Ahead of Wagner's Götterdammerung at the COC, the great American Wagnerian soprano gives a free-ranging and candid interview on her life and art.
Die Zauberflöte

Canadian Opera Company


No. of reviews: 5

A welcome return
23 Feb 17 / ConcertoNet (English)
Le chef Bernard Labadie propose une lecture alerte, nerveuse
12 Feb 17 / Avant-Scène Opéra
The Magic Flute could be more enchanting
26 Jan 17 / Now Toronto
COC’s Magic Flute takes its time, but finally delivers
21 Jan 17 / The Globe and Mail
The Magic Flute casts spell over Canadian Opera Company
20 Jan 17 / The Toronto Star
Ariodante

Canadian Opera Company


No. of reviews: 4

La solitudine dell'innocenza
2 Nov 16 / L'Ape musicale
COC’d Up Ariodante
29 Oct 16 / Opera Today
Handel’s Scottish opera
26 Oct 16 / ConcertoNet (English)
COC's Ariodante offers audiences plenty to ponder
18 Oct 16 / The Toronto Star
Norma

Canadian Opera Company


No. of reviews: 5

Norma, Norma e Adalgisa
2 Nov 16 / L'Ape musicale
Worth the wait
29 Oct 16 / ConcertoNet (English)
Norma les yeux dans les yeux
11 Oct 16 / Forum Opéra
Sondra Radvanovsky gives blissful performance in COC’s production of Norma
8 Oct 16 / The Globe and Mail
Astounding singing in COC's Norma
8 Oct 16 / The Toronto Star
Sondra Radvanovsky - a star soprano at the pinnacle of her talent
Sondra Radvanovsky plays the title character in Norma, the COC’s first production of this season.
Maometto II

Canadian Opera Company


No. of reviews: 6

Singing is primo in Maometto II
18 May 16 / Musical Toronto
A dramatic discovery
15 May 16 / ConcertoNet (English)
Dal ferro, dal fuoco
9 May 16 / L'Ape musicale
Rossini's forgotten masterpiece challenges assumptions
4 May 16 / The Epoch Times
COC’s Maometto II a showcase for the magic of the operatic voice
1 May 16 / The Globe and Mail
Canadian Opera Company’s Maometto II boasts spectacular singing
1 May 16 / The Toronto Star
Why a newspaper trashed its own opera review
Two weeks ago, Canada’s National Post took down a review of the Canadian Opera Company’s “Maometto II.” On Tuesday afternoon, they put it up again.
Finding inspiration in opera
Mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong explores the art form.
Carmen

Canadian Opera Company


No. of reviews: 4

Carmen scores again
14 May 16 / ConcertoNet (English)
It might be time for the Canadian Opera Company’s Carmen to take a different shape
15 Apr 16 / The Globe and Mail
A touch of Broadway in this Carmen, but the voices are opera-ready
14 Apr 16 / National Post
Love spits fire in COC’s Carmen
14 Apr 16 / The Toronto Star
Anita Rachvelishvili on what makes Carmen irresistible
How Carmen’s Anita Rachvelishvili transforms herself into a red-hot opera heroine.
Siegfried

Canadian Opera Company


No. of reviews: 9

Un gran Siegfried en Toronto
3 Feb 16 / Opera World (Spanish)
Every singer in this production was a power house
31 Jan 16 / Mooney on theatre
This is a thrilling show, no matter how you look at it
31 Jan 16 / SCHMOPERA
Wagner in pigiama
30 Jan 16 / L'Ape musicale
Canadian Opera Company’s Siegfried revival is a party worth attending – even in pajamas
29 Jan 16 / National Post
It's Debus and the first-rate orchestra who add the muscle and metal needed to forge this essential link in the Ring
28 Jan 16 / Now Toronto
Wagnerian adventure
28 Jan 16 / ConcertoNet (English)
A human spin on Siegfried that soars
26 Jan 16 / The Toronto Star
A stunning Siegfried at the COC
25 Jan 16 / The Globe and Mail
Don’t expect high kicks in COC’s take on Wagner’s Siegfried
Canada Opera Company’s take on Siegfried’s features unusual dance of the dragon.
Christine Goerke
Soprano Christine Goerke on Ring Cycle and the evolution of her voice.
Pyramus and Thisbe

Canadian Opera Company


No. of reviews: 9

A little bit of this opera goes a long way
11 Nov 15 / National Post
Opera’s premiere links modernism with Monteverdi
6 Nov 15 / Classical Voice North America
Myths, matched
4 Nov 15 / parterre box
Tragic love is central to an ingenious linking of opera works from the 17th and 21st centuries
27 Oct 15 / Now Toronto
Pyramus and Thisbe – Beyond time and space
26 Oct 15 / Opera Ramblings
Pyramus and Thisbe – a world premiere
26 Oct 15 / Opera Ramblings
From 1608 to 2015
23 Oct 15 / ConcertoNet (English)
Pyramus and Thisbe a compelling journey into the meaning of time and storytelling
22 Oct 15 / The Globe and Mail
Not a conventional night at the opera, but its rewards are considerable
22 Oct 15 / The Toronto Star
La Traviata

Canadian Opera Company


No. of reviews: 6

Traviata tradita
19 Oct 15 / L'Ape musicale
A popular success
19 Oct 15 / ConcertoNet (English)
La Traviata like you've never seen it before
15 Oct 15 / The Toronto Star
Two out of three ain’t bad
10 Oct 15 / National Post
Verdi’s powerful story and lyrical beauty shine under Arin Arbus
10 Oct 15 / The Globe and Mail
Canadian Opera Company's traditional production of Verdi classic will leave you swooning
10 Oct 15 / Now Toronto
Erwartung

Canadian Opera Company


No. of reviews: 5

Return of a landmark production
22 May 15 / ConcertoNet (English)
Paired dark tales: vintage Lepage at Canadian Opera
21 May 15 / Classical Voice North America
This revival glows more brightly than it ever has before
14 May 15 / Now Toronto
Canadian Opera Company brings mad, mad modern world to life
9 May 15 / The Globe and Mail
Bluebeard’s Castle/Erwartung still has the magic
7 May 15 / The Toronto Star
Duke Bluebeard's Castle

Canadian Opera Company


No. of reviews: 5

Return of a landmark production
22 May 15 / ConcertoNet (English)
Paired dark tales: vintage Lepage at Canadian Opera
21 May 15 / Classical Voice North America
This revival glows more brightly than it ever has before
14 May 15 / Now Toronto
Canadian Opera Company brings mad, mad modern world to life
9 May 15 / The Globe and Mail
Bluebeard’s Castle/Erwartung still has the magic
7 May 15 / The Toronto Star
Il barbiere di Siviglia

Canadian Opera Company


No. of reviews: 5

Figaro’s back!
7 May 15 / ConcertoNet (French)
Canadian Opera Company's revival delights in musical games
23 Apr 15 / The Epoch Times
Strong performances, eye-popping designs and lively choreography make it watchable
23 Apr 15 / Now Toronto
The Barber of Seville works up a lather
21 Apr 15 / National Post
The Road to Seville, anyone?
18 Apr 15 / The Toronto Star
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26 Jan to 22 Feb 2019
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News & Articles

Canadian Opera Company unveils compelling lineup for 2018/19
The new season offers a world-premiere by a Canadian celebrity, rising young singers in leading roles, feel-good familiarity and a revolving door of world-class artistry.
18 Jan 2018 / The Globe and Mail
The Canadian Opera Company announces a surplus
The Canadian Opera Company has just announced a successful year: a small surplus for the season, with a record-breaking $13.9-million in total fundraising revenue.
18 Oct 2017 / The Globe and Mail
COC's Alexander Neef marks a decade of high drama
The Canadian Opera Company’s general director plots a course for the future, with landmark works in store — including a Rufus Wainwright opera and a thrilling production of Wagner’s Parsifal.
16 Oct 2017 / The Toronto Star
COC announces plans for eclectic 2017-18 Toronto season
Canadian Opera Company has announced an eclectic, wide-ranging offering for its 2017-18 season, one that features a unique arrangement between COC and famed Canadian soprano Jane Archibald.
13 Jan 2017 / The Globe and Mail
Sondra Radvanovsky - a star soprano at the pinnacle of her talent
Sondra Radvanovsky plays the title character in Norma, the COC’s first production of this season.
5 Oct 2016 / The Globe and Mail

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