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Norma

Canadian Opera Company


No. of reviews: 5

Sondra Radvanovsky gives blissful performance in COC’s production of Norma
8 Oct 16 / 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.
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
Canadian Opera Company’s Maometto II boasts spectacular singing
1 May 16 / The Toronto Star
COC’s Maometto II a showcase for the magic of the operatic voice
1 May 16 / The Globe and Mail
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 – a world premiere
26 Oct 15 / Opera Ramblings
Pyramus and Thisbe – Beyond time and space
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
Canadian Opera Company's traditional production of Verdi classic will leave you swooning
10 Oct 15 / Now Toronto
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
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
Semele

Canadian Opera Company


Brooklyn Academy of Music


No. of reviews: 13

Missed opportunities abound in Semele from Canadian Opera at BAM
21 Mar 15 / Broadway World
In Brooklyn, Handel’s ‘Semele’ gets transported to China
17 Mar 15 / Wall Street Journal
Handel opera gets an Asian makeover at BAM
17 Mar 15 / Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Laughing in all the wrong places: Handel’s ‘Semele’ misfires at BAM
15 Mar 15 / New York Observer
Mortal purpose
12 Mar 15 / parterre box
The third act's focus saves the evening's turmoil
11 Mar 15 / Broadway World
While occasionally incoherent, Zhang Huan‘s splendid staging is simultaneously dazzling and suave
10 Mar 15 / Blogcritics Magazine
Lust, revenge and an interesting mingling of styles
9 Mar 15 / Bachtrack
At BAM, a Semele like no other
7 Mar 15 / Vulture
Semele's operatic sumo fights & donkey dicks at BAM
7 Mar 15 / Out
Fine singing enhances BAM’s odd yet entertaining “Semele”
6 Mar 15 / Classical Review
Handel’s ‘Semele’ Comes With Sumo Wrestlers at BAM
6 Mar 15 / New York Times
Handel’s Semele in Chinese temple built 450 years ago, watch out for donkeys and dragons
6 Mar 15 / Seen and Heard
Semele at BAM: Making room for the sumo wrestlers
Fitting the Canadian Opera Company's Semele into the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Gilman opera house required technical ingenuity.
BAM’s ‘Semele’: Where baroque opera meets sumo wrestling
Provocative Handel opera is staged with a 17-ton Ming Dynasty temple.
Die Walküre

Canadian Opera Company


No. of reviews: 9

Christine Goerke made a spectacular role debut as Brünnhilde
10 Feb 15 / Wall Street Journal
Dramatic tenor Issachah Savage makes sensational debut in COC Die Walkure
10 Feb 15 / La Scena Musicale (English)
A thrilling return
9 Feb 15 / ConcertoNet (English)
Grab this Ring
5 Feb 15 / Now Toronto
Die Walkure revival a triumph at the COC
4 Feb 15 / La Scena Musicale (English)
The riches of Die Walkure are boundless
3 Feb 15 / The Toronto Star
A wondrous Walkure at the COC
3 Feb 15 / The Globe and Mail
COC’s Die Walküre is ride on, and even just Act 1 is worth the price of admission
3 Feb 15 / National Post
Back in command
3 Feb 15 / New York Times
COC’s Die Walkure gets most Dora Award nominations
The Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts has announced the nominations for the 25th annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards, which honour excellence in the performing arts in Toronto.
Christine Goerke reigns as Wagner heroine Brunnhilde
Christine Goerke’s portrayal of Brunnhilde in the Canadian Opera Company’s Die Walkure is first of five outings as the warrior princess.
Don Giovanni

Canadian Opera Company


No. of reviews: 6

A powerful, reimagined ‘Don Giovanni’
10 Feb 15 / Wall Street Journal
A long, dreary night
8 Feb 15 / ConcertoNet (English)
‘Don Giovanni’ at the Met Opera and in two other stagings
7 Feb 15 / New York Times
A moody Svengali attracts women in an unusual staging of Mozart’s opera
27 Jan 15 / Now Toronto
A new vision for Don Giovanni, with mixed results
27 Jan 15 / The Globe and Mail
Miss seeing COC’s Don Giovanni at your peril
26 Jan 15 / The Toronto Star
Dmitri Tcherniakov takes a bold new approach with Don Giovanni
‘Don’t worry about kissing right now, guys. Let’s just get the scene worked out, and you can all kiss properly in later rehearsals, when it will come more naturally.'
Michael Schade finds inspiration in Mozart
Canadian Opera Company brings 'Don Giovanni' back to the stage.
Madama Butterfly

Canadian Opera Company


No. of reviews: 6

Kelly Kaduce is a moving Butterfly in the Canadian Opera Company’s alternate cast
17 Oct 14 / Now Toronto
The great favourite sails on
17 Oct 14 / ConcertoNet (English)
The Canadian Opera Company’s Madama Butterfly is a notch below essential
16 Oct 14 / National Post
Canadian Opera Company's production of 'Madama Butterfly' soars
13 Oct 14 / The Examiner
COC’s Madama Butterfly remains beautiful and problematic
13 Oct 14 / The Globe and Mail
Madama Butterfly fails to deliver on large promise
12 Oct 14 / The Toronto Star
Falstaff

Canadian Opera Company


No. of reviews: 9

Falstaff offers sheer perfection
12 Oct 14 / The Toronto Star
A gala season opener
10 Oct 14 / ConcertoNet (French)
All-Canadian cast shines in Verdi's masterpiece
8 Oct 14 / The Epoch Times
The COC’s Falstaff is a fine figure of a performance
8 Oct 14 / National Post
COC opens new season with a stunning Falstaff
7 Oct 14 / La Scena Musicale (English)
Brush up your Verdi…
7 Oct 14 / Musical Toronto
Gerald Finley is Falstaff
7 Oct 14 / barczablog
The revengers’ comedy
7 Oct 14 / Opera Ramblings
Falstaff: A comic masterpiece
5 Oct 14 / The Globe and Mail
Roberto Devereux

Canadian Opera Company


No. of reviews: 4

The real star of "Roberto Devereux" was the music
19 May 14 / The Examiner
A dramatic tour de force
8 May 14 / ConcertoNet (English)
COC’s Roberto Devereux delivers with style, eventually
28 Apr 14 / The Globe and Mail
This absolutely thrilling production of Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux puts the “grand” back into “grand opera.”
27 Apr 14 / The Toronto Star
Sondra Radvanovsky tackles opera's Triple Crown
With Canadian Opera Company’s Roberto Devereux, opening April 25, Radvanovsky will have sung all three Donizetti queens, including Anna Bolena and Maria Stuarda.
Don Quichotte

Canadian Opera Company


No. of reviews: 5

Don Quichotte is a compact classic
15 May 14 / National Post
Full of charm and delight
15 May 14 / ConcertoNet (English)
Canadian Opera Company puts on production of 'Don Quichotte'
14 May 14 / The Examiner
Don Quichotte a brilliant end to a satisfying COC season
13 May 14 / La Scena Musicale (English)
Don Quichotte redeemed by star Italian bass
11 May 14 / The Toronto Star
Hercules

Canadian Opera Company


No. of reviews: 5

A stirring achievement
22 Apr 14 / ConcertoNet (English)
Update of Handel’s opera about the far-reaching effects of war touches a universal chord
10 Apr 14 / Now Toronto
With Hercules, COC’s big idea doesn’t help an in-between opera
10 Apr 14 / National Post
Hercules: A vision of life and redemption
8 Apr 14 / The Globe and Mail
COC's Hercules sears the soul
7 Apr 14 / The Toronto Star
Un Ballo in Maschera

Canadian Opera Company


No. of reviews: 3

A bold reimagining of Verdi’s timeless opera of love and political intrigue
6 Feb 14 / Now Toronto
Un ballo in Tinseltown
6 Feb 14 / ConcertoNet (English)
A Masked Ball dazzles with spectacular singing
5 Feb 14 / Broadway World
Così fan tutte

Canadian Opera Company


No. of reviews: 3

Atom Egoyan schools opera audiences on love and fidelity
22 Jan 14 / Digital Journal
Così triumphs over directorial onslaught
22 Jan 14 / ConcertoNet (English)
The Canadian Opera Company mounts clash of concepts with Così fan tutte
21 Jan 14 / National Post
Atom Egoyan
‘I’d love to direct a comedy’
Peter Grimes

Canadian Opera Company


No. of reviews: 4

A wonderful Britten centennial tribute
9 Oct 13 / ConcertoNet (English)
Anthony Dean Griffey, orchestra and chorus stunning in COC Peter Grimes
9 Oct 13 / La Scena Musicale (English)
Benjamin Britten’s tale of a troubled outsider gets a superb production by the Canadian Opera Company
8 Oct 13 / Now Toronto
What could have been a tragedy wound up as a triumph
7 Oct 13 / The Toronto Star
Ben Heppner returns in COC's Peter Grimes
Acclaimed Canadian tenor Ben Heppner was back in fine form Tuesday night, returning to the stage to star in Peter Grimes after having withdrawn from the opera's opening night performance.
Ben Heppner withdraws from opening of COC's Peter Grimes
Health reasons cited; American tenor Anthony Dean Griffey steps in for Peter Grimes.
Ben Heppner looks back on a life of opera
Star tenor, who opens in Peter Grimes for the Canadian Opera Company, still sees himself as the ‘lumpy guy from Toronto’.
La bohème

Canadian Opera Company


No. of reviews: 2

An artistic view of the artist's life
7 Oct 13 / ConcertoNet (English)
Canadian Opera Company’s La Boheme keeps me dry-eyed, and that's not good
5 Oct 13 / The Toronto Star
David Lomeli withdraws from COC's La Bohème
Dimitri Pittas and Michael Fabiano to Replace David Lomeli in Canadian Opera Company's La Bohème.
Dialogues des Carmelites

Canadian Opera Company


No. of reviews: 8

Simply marvelous
24 May 13 / ConcertoNet (English)
“A terrible beauty is born”
17 May 13 / Stage Door
One of the COC’s best productions
16 May 13 / Now Toronto
Two 20th-Century works that still shock and awe
14 May 13 / Wall Street Journal
Dialogues Of The Carmelites offers fear, faith, and grace
11 May 13 / Digital Journal
A masterful Dialogue
11 May 13 / Toronto Sun
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Canadian Opera Company receives new funding
The Department of Canadian Heritage has announced that the Canadian Opera Company will receive $644,372 in crucial funding provided through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund.
24 Feb 2021 / OperaWire
Canadian Opera Company announces new General Director
Canadian Opera Company has announced that Perryn Leech will be its new incoming General Director, effective March 1, 2021.
2 Dec 2020 / OperaWire
Canadian Opera Company cancels remainder of 2020-21 season
The company announced that productions of Bizet’s “Carmen,” Janáček’s “Katya Kabanova,” Verdi’s “La Traviata,” and Gluck’s “Orfeo ed Euridice” will no longer be performed.
7 Oct 2020 / OperaWire
Canadian Opera Company unveils reimagined fall season
To be entitled Opera Everywhere, the season will feature concerts, panels and more.
17 Sep 2020 / Broadway World
Canadian Opera Company cancels all fall programming
Given continued restrictions on large public gatherings in Toronto the Canadian Opera Company will be cancelling all in-person performances, programming, and events through the fall of its 2020/2021 season.
23 Jun 2020 / Broadway World