This Mother’s Day will be accompanied by a family first: I will take my daughter to her first opera at the Canadian Opera Company (COC). The opera is Puccini’s La Bohème, and she will see acclaimed Lebanese-Canadian soprano Miriam Khalil sing the role of Mimì (which she alternates with American soprano Angel Blue). She is […]
“Let us blow your socks off! We have the WOW that will make you MEOW!” Interview with Stéphane Mayer on COC’s 2018 family opera “WOW Factor”
“This is not the ‘Louis Riel’ of 1967. This is the ‘Louis Riel’ of 2017.” COC’s Katherine Semcesen discusses the many ways this revival will move young audiences.
The thing about opera is…it’s an art form that’s impossible to categorize. On the one hand, it’s been around for over 400 years…so it can be termed “classical”. On the other hand, of the 100 composers referenced in the recently updated The Opera Guide by Amanda Holden, more than 50 have been popular since 1900, […]
The noon hour is about to improve: the COC’s always-diverse Free Concert Series returns on September 27, opening with a concert by mezzo-soprano Emily D’Angelo and fellow artists of the COC Ensemble Studio
Composer Chris Thornborrow on COC’s Summer Opera Camps: “When you’re creating opera from scratch, you’re allowing young people to express themselves through art, design, narrative, movement, and music.”
Karine Boucher performs as Micaëla in the COC’s current production of Georges Bizet’s Carmen: “It is all about human emotion. Love, confusion, passion, strength…That is the beauty of Bizet.”
Thomas Goerz on Bizet’s Carmen: “My guess is, once in the theatre, you’ll have a hard time NOT singing along.”
Opera-keen youth can take heart: the COC is still accepting Youth Opera Lab applications for Maometto II. But only until April 10.
By his own admission, Jean-Philippe Fortier-Lazure is “slightly crazy.” Is this because he’s an operatic tenor whose star is rising fast? Or because he belted out one too many Nylons tunes on family road trips from his hometown of Kitchener to Montreal? It’s hard to say, yet it’s certain that, despite the eccentricities he imagines […]