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n an age in which superlatives such as “unforgettable,” “legendary” and “greatest” are thrown about indiscriminately, few would argue Sir Thomas Allen’s status as the pre-eminent lyric baritone of his generation. He has earned this title most especially for his iconic interpretations of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Count Almaviva, Figaro, Papageno, Guglielmo and Don Alfonso, both onstage and in the recording studio. Following his appearances at the Glyndebourne Festival in Sir Peter Hall’s 4

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legendary production, EMI recorded his Don Giovanni in 1984 – now considered the definitive account of Mozart’s notorious womanizer. For close to four decades he has been the baritone of choice for star conductors such as James Levine, Riccardo Muti, Georg Solti, John Eliot Gardiner, Colin Davis and Simon Rattle. Allen has not only mastered the fine balance between singing and acting needed to be a great opera singer, but stands as a master interpreter of the art song, especially in the English

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Sir Thomas Allen: A Musical Lifetime with Così

Preliminary costume sketches for the character of Don Alfonso for the COC's new production of Così fan tutte, by set and costume designer Debra Hanson

and French repertoire. He now passes on his expertise to the next generation of artists, giving masterclasses worldwide including, since 1996, at his own Samling Academy, located in Allen’s beloved native country in North East England. Sir Thomas Allen’s association with Mozart’s Così fan tutte goes as far back as his student days in the 1960s when he came to the attention of the great British vocal pedagogue, James Lockhart. “One of the things I worked on with him was how to go through a score. He taught me how 6

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to do that and read it as a singer, prepare and pencil it up and do the things that all singers do. And the score chosen was Così, though I didn’t learn the role [Guglielmo] at the time, maybe just one of the arias perhaps. After that he [Lockhart] became music director at Welsh National Opera and one of the first things I did with them was a touring version of Così. That goes back to 1970 or something like that.” Allen’s first Così role, Guglielmo, is often regarded as a rite of passage for the budding lyric baritone. “I think the reason why we as

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Preliminary set maquette for the COC's new production of Così fan tutte, designed by Debra Hanson

a breed feel that way is that it doesn’t seem to have the emotional maturity of a role like that of Ferrando [with whom Guglielmo schemes to prove the infidelity of their respective fiancées]. The relationship Guglielmo enjoys with Dorabella is one of pure pleasure rather than the [more emotionally deep] way Ferrando latches onto Fiordiligi. Musically as well, of all the Così roles, Guglielmo is the one that tends most towards the buffo [comic].” The other three young leads sing some of the most sublime, grand and emotional music Mozart ever wrote but Guglielmo’s “vocal opportunities are just not on the same level.” On the other hand, Allen relishes the entirely different demands made of Don Alfonso, Così’s philosopher and cynic, and the role which brings him to the COC this winter. He draws some fascinating parallels between Alfonso and Don Giovanni, the Mozart role with which he has the closest association. “It’s a strange thing about Mozart. If one looks at Don Giovanni musically, he isn’t all that demanding – it’s an endurance test and you have to sing very loudly at the end of the piece. But you’ve not been asked great musical 8

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questions during the course of it in the way Donna Anna has, or had to sing the long-breath lines that Don Ottavio has. And similarly, Don Alfonso doesn’t have those great [vocal] demands made of him. The thing is to use those moments when you’ve seemingly not been asked to do much… when in fact you are actually doing a lot. Then it’s a question of listening to what others are doing, and causing action and reaction in them by just being there; by setting a plan in motion, sowing a seed of doubt or whatever it might be. A lot of it is just sitting down, crossing your legs comfortably, having a cup of coffee whilst you’re watching everything going on. That’s the way it often pans out. I have no qualms about that – I don’t crave great lengthy stentorian arias – I’m very happy to just pull the strings and watch the others dance to my tune!” Having mastered Così’s two low-voiced male roles, Allen has taken the next logical step and can now be found directing Mozart’s effervescent comedy in addition to Don Giovanni, The Marriage of Figaro and The Magic Flute for companies such as Scottish Opera, Arizona Opera and

Sir Thomas Allen: A Musical Lifetime with Così

Boston Lyric Opera. For the latter he not only directed Così but simultaneously played Don Alfonso, an undertaking which required “eyes in the back of your head. It’s not easy, but not impossible either.” In Boston he opted to perform the opera in English, wanting the text to have an immediate impact on the audience. For Allen, communication through music – its actual sounds, pitches and dynamics – are definitely the singer’s responsibility, but even more important is the performer’s ability to personally connect to the text and enliven it for the audience. By using an English translation for his Boston Così, he wished the singers to experience the words first, rather than second-hand. “Using one’s own language is a distinct advantage. I don’t care how seriously and intensely you work with a second or third language – there’s nothing like getting back to one’s own – it’s in your DNA. Also, the colours that become available to a singer for expression are that much more telling. It’s a much more advanced process when you’re learning a role that’s not your native language.” That, says Allen, is “a lifetime study. I’m still doing it.” Just as director Atom Egoyan will re-envision Mozart’s “school for lovers” for our audiences, Allen will also be looking at it afresh. “The main thing is not to come with anything assumed. Listen to what [the director] gives you and then respond to that rather than relying on the process you’ve used for years and years. I keep on saying this to singers – listen to what you’re hearing and respond to that, not to the thing you’ve learned like a parrot from several recordings.”

Having lived with Così for over 40 years, Allen has witnessed a huge sea change in attitude with respect to the piece. There might have been a time when critical opinion denigrated the opera for its perceived immorality and frivolity, but in a post-Freudian world fascinating avenues have opened up to explore the “lessons of love” which lie beneath its undeniably frothy exterior. As Allen reasons, “It’s no longer possible to regard these characters simplistically, as no more than decorative 18th-century porcelain figurines.” This is especially true of the opera’s ambiguous ending – do the original couples “kiss and make up,” returning to their original partners, or are their relationships damaged forever? Allen feels the answer is found in Mozart’s score itself: “You start thinking surely [the two couples] can’t just return to everyday life as a result of the lessons that have been learned. In a way, Mozart indicates this in the finale which is in the very basic key of C major. It’s music that’s so simplistic, almost as though he’s deliberately trying to show us that [the wedding between the two “original” couples] is a façade – they’re clearly going through the motions here – it’s very superficial when you think of all the glorious music that went before.” How will things end up for the lovers in Toronto this winter? Allen and his fellow cast members will no doubt have fun playing with the possibilities when they meet on stage for the COC’s new production of Così. n Gianmarco Segato is Adult Programs Manager, Education and Outreach at the Canadian Opera Company.



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Preliminary set maquette for the COC's new production of Così fan tutte, designed by Debra Hanson

COSÌ FAN TUTTE OPERA BACKGROUND Unlike The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni, Mozart’s previous collaborations with librettist Lorenzo da Ponte, Così fan tutte was not adapted from an existing literary source (Beamarchais’ play of the same title and the infamous Don Juan legend, respectively), but was newly written. Così also differs from those works, and from the normal pattern we expect in a play or opera, in that it lacks a hero or any one character to grab the audience’s immediate attention as does, for example, the scandalous Don Giovanni. The other stumbling block which plagued Così for the first 100 years of its existence was its negative reception history – audiences were scandalized by its subject matter, unable to handle the notion of two sisters falling in love with each other’s fiancés. Even once Così had finally re-entered the standard repertoire in the 1930s it was treated with little respect, suffering brutal cuts, including Dorabella’s short Act I aria “Smanie implacabili” (“Implacable restlessness”), one of only two arias she gets to sing in the entire opera! Like Don Giovanni which came before it, Così is identified in its libretto as a dramma giocoso, an Italian term for operas that contain both comic and tragic elements. Conventionally thought of as light, frothy and joyful, Così is also shot through with a decidedly poignant, sad and cynical edge. Our responses are always being played with: the two sisters are clearly devastated when their fiancés must go off to war, and the men join in on their sorrow… yet, we know the men are just play-acting. Atom Egoyan’s production takes the deception one step further, allowing the women to not only be aware of the scheme, but having them devise a counter-scheme of their own. Egoyan pays particular attention to the subtitle of the libretto: La scuola degli amanti “The School For Lovers,” a phrase which suggests that the premise of the opera can be understood as an educational experiment. This reading resonates with Così’s historical position in relation to the ideals of Mozart’s time. The Age of Enlightenment was at its peak throughout the latter half of the 1700s, but towards the end of the century, concerns grew about an excessive elevation of reason above religion; both Mozart and da Ponte (following French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s views) believed that reason, coupled with moral and spiritual guidance, was a superior way to understand human nature. It is this constant switching between reason and emotion that presents the biggest directing challenge, says Egoyan. The score often vacillates jarringly between light-hearted fun and piercingly sincere quasi-tragedy and, in doing so, illuminates how we are all capable of “straying” when we feel an attraction, and that the human heart can shift unexpectedly.


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COSÌ FAN TUTTE by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Opera in Two Acts. libretto by lorenzo da Ponte edited for the neue Mozart Ausgabe by faye ferguson and Wolfgang rehm Used by arrangement with european American Music distributors llC, sole U.S. and Canadian agent for Baerenreiter Music Corp. – Alkor editions, publisher and copyright owner.

first performance: Burgtheater, Vienna, January 26, 1790 New COC Production last performed by the COC in 2006 January 18, 24, 29, february 1, 6, 9, 15, 18, 21, 2014 Sung in Italian with english SUrTITleSTM

THE CAST (in order of vocal appearance)

Ferrando, Dorabella’s fiancé Guglielmo, engaged to Fiordiligi Don Alfonso, an old Philosopher Fiordiligi Dorabella, her sister Despina, maid to Fiordiligi and Dorabella

Paul Appleby Robert Gleadow^ Sir Thomas Allen* Layla Claire Wallis Giunta^** Tracy Dahl

Conductor Director Associate Director Set and Costume Designer Lighting Designer Chorus Master Stage Manager SURTITLES™ Producer

Johannes Debus Atom Egoyan Marilyn Gronsdal^ Debra Hanson Michael Walton Sandra Horst^ Jenifer Kowal Gunta Dreifelds

Performance time is approximately three hours and 30 minutes, including one 25-minute intermission.

Generously underwritten in part by *Sir Thomas Allen’s performance is generously sponsored by The Stratton Trust **Wallis Giunta’s performance is generously sponsored by Patrick and Barbara Keenan

^Graduate of the COC ensemble Studio Program information is correct at time of printing. All casting is subject to change.

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AleXAnder neef, General director

COSÌ FAN TUTTE by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Opera in Two Acts. libretto by lorenzo da Ponte edited for the neue Mozart Ausgabe by faye ferguson and Wolfgang rehm Used by arrangement with european American Music distributors llC, sole U.S. and Canadian agent for Baerenreiter Music Corp. – Alkor editions, publisher and copyright owner.

first performance: Burgtheater, Vienna, January 26, 1790 New COC Production Ensemble Studio Performance February 7, 2014 Sung in Italian with english SUrTITleSTM

THE CAST (in order of vocal appearance)

Ferrando, Dorabella’s fiancé Guglielmo, engaged to Fiordiligi Don Alfonso, an old Philosopher Fiordiligi Dorabella, her sister Despina, maid to Fiordiligi and Dorabella Conductor Director Associate Director Set and Costume Designer Lighting Designer Chorus Master Stage Manager SURTITLES™ Producer

Andrew Haji (Act I) Owen McCausland (Act II) Cameron McPhail (Act I) Clarence Frazer (Act II) Gordon Bintner Aviva Fortunata (Act I) Sasha Djihanian (Act II) Charlotte Burrage (Act I) Danielle MacMillan (Act II) Claire de Sévigné Johannes Debus Atom Egoyan Marilyn Gronsdal^ Debra Hanson Michael Walton Sandra Horst^ Jenifer Kowal Gunta Dreifelds

Performance time is approximately three hours and 30 minutes, including one 25-minute intermission.

Generously underwritten in part by This performance is dedicated to the memory of former COC General Director Lotfi Mansouri Aviva Fortunata’s performance is generously sponsored by the COVC Jean A. Chalmers Fund Sasha Djihanian’s performance is generously sponsored by James Nicol and Christine Milne Charlotte Burrage’s performance is generously sponsored by Margaret Harriett Cameron and the late Gary Smith Danielle MacMillan’s performance is generously sponsored by Brian Wilks, Roy and Marjorie Linden Clarence Frazer’s performance is generously sponsored by Catherine Fauquier Cameron McPhail’s performance is generously sponsored by Roger D. Moore Andrew Haji’s performance is generously sponsored by Anne and Tony Arrell Owen McCausland’s performance is generously sponsored by Peter and Hélène Hunt Claire de Sévigné’s performance is generously sponsored by Anne and Tony Arrell Gordon Bintner’s performance is generously sponsored by Marcia Lewis Brown Michael Shannon is generously sponsored by Brian Wilks, Marjorie and Roy Linden

^Graduate of the COC ensemble Studio Program information is correct at time of printing. All casting is subject to change.


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or those familiar with Così fan tutte, this production will be immediately surprising in two ways. First of all, we are taking the alternative title of the work and using it literally. It takes place in “A School for Lovers,” with Don Alfonso the teacher of this school in which he demonstrates to his students the laws of attraction. The second surprise is that the sisters seem to be in on Don Alfonso’s experiment from the beginning. I was curious to explore what might happen to the dynamics of the opera if there were a parallel wager with the two women. While we can’t know the specific nature of this wager, we gather it concerns marriage. Perhaps the two women already understand that “everyone does it” (a literal translation of Così fan tutte), but that “doing it” won’t alter the existing bonds of their marital engagements. What excites me about this concurrent wager is that it makes the two women fully cognizant of the convolutions of the plot which follow, and allows them to set their own agenda. By having the women in on the plot from the very beginning, it simultaneously empowers them while making the emotional confusions of the second act even more pronounced. They challenge their own rational structure. This idea is at the core of the work. One of the central tenets of Enlightenment philosophy is that reason can be the only guide in an uncertain moral climate.

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In Cosi, librettist Lorenzo da Ponte shows us that while reason and clear thinking is to be held above all else, it is often made unreliable because of shifting emotion. Mozart’s brilliant music underlines this tension in an exquisite and at times unbearably beautiful way. For the true libertine such as Don Alfonso, the total lack of rationale behind the laws of attraction is a cause for alarm and certainly a subject worth illuminating to his students. While butterflies – the very symbol of freedom – can be caught and pinned down, such is not the case with the human heart. As Frida Kahlo’s painting “Two Fridas” makes clear, the heart can be brutally exposed, with surgical scissors in one hand, and the romantic talisman of a beloved brooch in the other. With Così fan tutte, the extraordinary collaboration of Mozart and da Ponte challenges the inherent optimism of the Enlightenment itself, with its battle against the mysteries of religion and superstition. While the libretto lays out one set of ideas, the music often tells us something completely different. This complex alchemy between objective thought and intense piercing emotion creates its own mysterious force, as we experience the human capacity to feel, to hurt, and to love.

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Don Alfonso goads two young men into a wager regarding their fiancées’ fidelity. Ferrando and Guglielmo are convinced their lovers – Dorabella and Fiordiligi, respectively – are true, and agree to test the women’s faithfulness through trickery. The men agree to do everything Don Alfonso says to pull off their ruse. Sisters Dorabella and Fiordiligi are met by Don Alfonso. He tells them that their fiancés have been recalled to military duty. The two soldiers arrive to bid their unhappy fiancées farewell. The sisters are inconsolable. Once the men have departed, their maid Despina suggests that Dorabella and Fiordiligi amuse themselves in the meantime by meeting other men. The women refuse to be unfaithful to their lovers. Don Alfonso speaks privately with Despina, enlisting her aid in introducing two prospective lotharios to the sisters. He then presents to Despina two “Albanians,” who are none other than Guglielmo and Ferrando in disguise. When Fiordiligi and Dorabella arrive, the men proclaim their affection. The women demand that the strangers leave their house. Later that day, the Albanians burst into the garden where the two sisters lament the absence of their sweethearts. The men drink what they claim is poison, expressing their wish to die for love. A doctor arrives (Despina in disguise) and “revives” the two men. INTERMISSION


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ACT II Despina attempts to persuade Dorabella and Fiordiligi that they should be more receptive to the Albanians’ advances. The sisters reluctantly agree that a flirtation might prove a welcome distraction in the absence of their fiancés. The men return once more to serenade the sisters, and this time Dorabella exchanges words of love with Guglielmo – to his astonishment. Ferrando has less luck with Fiordiligi. Ferrando is told of his lover’s betrayal and vows revenge. Don Alfonso reminds the soldiers that the test is not over yet. Dorabella confesses her new fondness for her Albanian to Despina. Fiordiligi admits that she also has feelings for her Albanian (the disguised Ferrando), but scolds her sister’s lack of control and vows to remain true to her fiancé. But when Ferrando returns, secretly accompanied by Guglielmo and Don Alfonso, Fiordiligi yields to his advances. Ferrando and Guglielmo lament their lovers’ betrayal and express a desire for revenge. Don Alfonso urges the now bitterly disillusioned soldiers to marry the women. Wedding preparations are quickly made. Don Alfonso produces a notary – Despina in disguise – who in turn produces a marriage contract. A drum is heard, signaling the return of the soldiers. Having hastily removed their disguises, Ferrando and Guglielmo appear and feign outrage at the incriminating scene. But when they put on their Albanian disguises, the whole truth comes out. In the final chorus all four lovers, in the spirit of reconciliation, sing hopefully of accepting life as it presents itself and maintaining a sense of humour. But will they be able to when faced with an uncertain future?


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Ferrando Andrew Haji Owen McCausland Guglielmo Clarence Frazer Cameron McPhail Don Alfonso Gordon Bintner Doug MacNaughton Fiordiligi Sasha Djihanian Aviva Fortunata Dorabella Charlotte Burrage Danielle MacMillan Despina Claire de Sévigné

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Sir Thomas Allen is making his COC debut. An established star of the great opera houses of the world, he has sung over 50 roles at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and in 2006 he celebrated the 25th anniversary of his debut at the Metropolitan Opera. An acclaimed recitalist, he is equally renowned on the concert platform and has appeared with the world's great orchestras and conductors. He is Chancellor of Durham University, and his many honours include the title of Bayerischer Kammersänger awarded by the Bayerische Staatsoper. In 1989 he was created a Commander of the British Empire and in the 1999 he was made a Knight Bachelor. Among his proudest achievements is having a Channel Tunnel locomotive named after him. Recently, Buckingham Palace announced that Sir Thomas Allen will be awarded the Queen’s Medal for Music 2013 later this year. PAUL APPLEBY Ferrando (M)

American tenor Paul Appleby is making his COC debut. A dynamic and versatile artist, he is an admired and exciting presence on the world’s leading concert, recital, and opera stages. A recent graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, he was the recipient of a 2012 Leonore Annenberg Fellowship in the Performing and Visual Arts, among other distinguished awards. Mr. Appleby has appeared in productions with the Metropolitan Opera, Oper Frankfurt, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Wolf Trap Opera, Santa Fe Opera, and in concerts with 6

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the New York Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern, to name a few. GORDON BINTNER Don Alfonso (E)

Regina, Saskatchewan native and first-year Ensemble Studio member bass-baritone Gordon Bintner, who won first prize and the Audience Choice Award at the Second Annual COC Ensemble Studio Competition, recently appeared at the COC as the Customs Officer in La Bohème. Recent performances include Bill in Leonard Bernstein’s A Quiet Place (Ensemble Modern); Escamillo in Carmen (Saskatoon Opera), Nardo in La finta giardiniera (San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program) and Lescaut in Manon (Opéra de Montréal). Other credits include the title roles in Le nozze di Figaro (Opera NUOVA) and Don Giovanni (Opera McGill); Colline in La Bohème (Angers Nantes Opéra); and he made his Montreal Symphony Orchestra debut in 2011 as the OSM Standard Life Competition’s grand prize winner. CHARLOTTE BURRAGE Dorabella (E)

Originally from Woodstock, Ontario, mezzo-soprano Charlotte Burrage is a first-year Ensemble Studio member. She holds a master of music in voice performance from the University of Toronto and graduated from the opera diploma program at University of British Columbia (UBC). Credits include Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with both Kevin Mallon in Italy and


Christopher Verrette in Toronto; Hansel in Hansel and Gretel with Vancouver Opera in Schools; Dorabella in Così fan tutte with Banff Centre’s Opera as Theatre and Jeunesses Musicales; and the title role in Massenet’s Cendrillon with UBC. Ms Burrage performed with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra under conductor Bramwell Tovey. This season she performed Handel’s Messiah with Orchestra London. LAYLA CLAIRE Fiordiligi (M)

Canadian soprano Layla Claire is making her COC debut. A 2012 graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program (LYADP), this season she sings Pamina in Die Zauberflöte (Pittsburgh Opera and Minnesota Opera). Other roles include Sandrina in La finta giardiniera (Festival d’Aix-en-Provence); Countess Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro (Glyndebourne Touring Opera); Donna Anna in Don Giovanni (Tanglewood and Glyndebourne festivals); Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte (Tanglewood); Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni (Curtis Opera Theater); Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro (Palm Beach Opera); Tebaldo in Don Carlo (Metropolitan Opera); and Marenka in The Bartered Bride (LYADP). Concert appearances include Handel’s Messiah with the New York Philharmonic and an all-Mozart program with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra under conductor Johannes Debus.

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TRACY DAHL Despina (M)

Canadian soprano Tracy Dahl last appeared at the COC as Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos. This season she sings Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance (Calgary Opera) and Carmina Burana (Vancouver Symphony Orchestra). Recent appearances include Gilda in Rigoletto (Edmonton Opera and Manitoba Opera); the title role in Maria Stuarda (Pacific Opera Victoria); and world premieres of Unsuk Chin’s Alice in Wonderland and Peter Ash’s The Golden Ticket (Opera Theatre of St. Louis). Other roles include Adele in Die Fledermaus, Zerbinetta, Florestine in The Ghosts of Versailles and Valencienne in The Merry Widow (Metropolitan Opera); and Olympia in Les contes d’Hoffmann, Oscar in Un ballo in maschera, and Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor (San Francisco Opera). SASHA DJIHANIAN Fiordiligi (E)

Ensemble Studio soprano and Montreal native Sasha Djihanian was the winner of the First Annual COC Ensemble Studio Competition. Recently with the COC she appeared as Alisa in Lucia di Lammermoor, and stepped in as Annio in a mainstage performance of La clemenza di Tito as well as the Ensemble performance. A graduate of the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal, she was a national finalist in the 2011 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions; a semi-finalist in the 2011 Queen Elisabeth Competition and 2012 Montreal International Musical Competition; and represented Canada at the 2011 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. Recent 7


credits include Nannetta in Falstaff with Opera Hamilton and Micaëla in Carmen at the Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari, Italy and at the Castleton Festival, with Lorin Maazel conducting. AVIVA FORTUNATA Fiordiligi (E)

Calgary native soprano Aviva Fortunata is a firstyear Ensemble Studio member. Notable credits include Desdemona in Otello and the Lady with a Cake Box in Postcard from Morocco with San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program; Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with Concert Opera Group, Centre for Opera Studies in Italy and the University of Toronto; and Poulenc’s Gloria with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Ms Fortunata was the 2012 Norcop Prize in Song Recital winner and was awarded a judges’ commendation in the Mildred Miller International Voice Competition (Opera Theater of Pittsburgh). CLARENCE FRAZER Guglielmo (E)

Mississauga native and first-year Ensemble studio member baritone Clarence Frazer recently appeared at the COC as the Customs House Sergeant in La Bohème. Upcoming credits include Prince Yamadori/Imperial Commissioner in Madama Butterfly (Edmonton Opera). With Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artist Program, he appeared as Re di Scozia in Ariodante, Count Gil in Il segreto di Susanna and Ramiro in L’heure espagnole. Credits include Publio in La clemenza di Tito, both the title role and Masetto in Don Giovanni (Centre for Opera Studies in Italy); Dottore Grenvil in La Traviata, Ford in Falstaff, Pinellino in Gianni Schicchi, Daggoo in Moby-Dick and Alcindoro in  8

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La Bohème (Calgary Opera); Escamillo in Carmen (Highlands Opera Studio); and Dandini in La Cenerentola (Opera NUOVA). Mr. Frazer won the inaugural Lois Marshall Voice Competition. WALLIS GIUNTA Dorabella (M)

Canadian mezzo-soprano Wallis Giunta is a graduate of the COC Ensemble Studio and Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. She recently appeared at the COC as Annio and Sesto in La clemenza di Tito. Other COC roles include Second Lady in The Magic Flute, English Lady in Death in Venice, Woman of Crete 2 in Idomeneo and the Alto Solo in The Nightingale and Other Short Fables at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Other roles include Countess Ceprano in Rigoletto (Metropolitan Opera); Phénice in Armide, Wu in Kommilitonen! (The Juilliard School), Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro (Fort Worth Opera) and Lola in Cavalleria rusticana (Opera Lyra Ottawa). She holds an Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School and The Glenn Gould School. ROBERT GLEADOW Guglielmo (M)

Canadian bass and Ensemble Studio graduate Robert Gleadow recently appeared with the COC as Publio in La clemenza di Tito and A Steersman in Tristan und Isolde. Other COC credits include the Old Gypsy in Il Trovatore, the Speaker in Die Zauberflöte, Colline in La Bohème, Theseus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro. Roles include Sam in Un ballo in maschera and Colline (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden); Figaro


(Opéra de Montréal); Guglielmo and Leporello in Don Giovanni (Glyndebourne Opera and Peralada Festival); Speaker and Leporello (Théâtre des Champs-Élysées); Colline (Dallas Opera); and the King in Aida and Talbot in Maria Stuarda (Houston Grand Opera). ANDREW HAJI Ferrando (E)

Originally from London, Ontario, tenor Andrew Haji is a first-year member of the COC Ensemble Studio. He holds a master of music in opera from the University of Toronto. Mr. Haji’s UofT credits include Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, Cecco in Haydn’s Il mondo della luna, Vanderdendur/ Ragotski in Candide, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Lacouf/Reporter from Paris in Poulenc’s Les mamelles de Tirésias, the title role in Rob Ford: The Opera and Ferrando in Così fan tutte. Other roles include Tamino in Die Zauberflöte (Music Academy of the West and Accademia Europea dell’Opera); and Nemorino and Don Ottavio (Centre for Opera Studies in Italy). This season with the COC, he sings Rodriguez in Don Quichotte. DANIELLE MacMILLAN Dorabella (E)

Toronto native mezzosoprano Danielle MacMillan, a first-year COC Ensemble Studio member, recently appeared at the COC as the Second Niece in Peter Grimes. She holds a bachelor of fine arts, with honours, in classical vocal performance from York University, with additional training at the International Vocal Arts Institute in Montreal, Istituzione Teatro Lirico Sperimentale di Spoleto in Italy and The Glenn Gould School (GGS). Her credits include Rose in Lakmé (Opera Please visit for additional information

by Request); Diana in Cavalli’s La Calisto, Véronique in Bizet’s Le docteur Miracle, Second Lady in The Magic Flute and the Cabaret Singer in Weill’s MahagonnySongspiel (GGS); and Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro (York University). OWEN McCAUSLAND Ferrando (E)

New Brunswick native and COC Ensemble Studio tenor Owen McCausland recently appeared at the COC as Parpignol in La Bohème and Reverend Horace Adams in Peter Grimes. Other COC credits include the Second Nazarene in Salome, the Messenger in Il Trovatore as well as stepping into the title role in La clemenza di Tito on the mainstage as well as the Ensemble performance. Credits include Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi (Opera on the Avalon) and Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni (Centre for Opera Studies in Italy). This season with the COC Mr. McCausland also appears as the Servant in A Masked Ball, Cecil in Roberto Devereux and Juan in Don Quichotte. CAMERON McPHAIL Guglielmo (E)

COC Ensemble Studio member baritone Cameron McPhail recently appeared at the COC as Schaunard in La Bohème as well as the Officer in Dialogues des Carmélites. Other credits include Nick Shadow in The Rake’s Progress (Music Academy of the West); Ford in Falstaff and the title roles in Don Giovanni and Gianni Schicchi (UBC Opera); Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucretia, Masetto in Don Giovanni, Marcello in La Bohème, Riccardo in I Puritani and George in Of Mice and Men (Yale Opera Studio); Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette 9


and Ford in Falstaff (Opera NUOVA); Conte Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro (Opera on the Avalon); and Schaunard (Highlands Opera Studio). CLAIRE DE SÉVIGNÉ Despina (E)

Soprano Claire de Sévigné, a native of Montreal and a COC Ensemble Studio member, recently appeared as the First Niece in Peter Grimes. Other COC roles include Une Voix in Dialogues des Carmélites, the Slave in Salome, Servilia in La clemenza di Tito (Ensemble performance) and Ida in Die Fledermaus. Other credits include Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte (Music Academy of the West); the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, Flaminia in Il mondo della luna, Cunegonde in Candide (University of Toronto); and Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare (Thirteen Strings Orchestra).


COC Music Director Johannes Debus recently conducted the company’s Peter Grimes. Other COC credits include Dialogues des Carmélites, Salome, Tristan und Isolde, Die Fledermaus, The Tales of Hoffmann, Love from Afar, Rigoletto and, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Nightingale and Other Short Fables. This past summer Mr. Debus conducted a concert with Rufus Wainwright and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid. Other highlights include appearances with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra and Cleveland Orchestra; Elektra and The Rake’s Progress (Staatsoper unter den Linden); Hänsel und Gretel and Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Bayerische 10

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Staatsoper); and appearances at Opéra Festival de Québec, the Spoleto Festival and Merola Opera Program at San Francisco Opera. This season at the COC Mr. Debus also conducts Don Quichotte, and appears with the Orchestra della Toscana, Philharmonia Orchestra and Oper Frankfurt. ATOM EGOYAN Director

Academy Award®nominated writer and film director Atom Egoyan recently directed Salome at the COC. Other credits include the North American premiere of Martin Crimp’s Cruel and Tender (Canadian Stage); the world premiere of Gavin Bryars’ Dr. Ox’s Experiment (English National Opera); Feng Yi Ting (Spoleto, Lincoln Center and Luminato festivals) and Elsewhereless, his own original opera with composer Rodney Sharman (Tapestry Music). Mr. Egoyan won the Irish Times/ESB Award for Best Direction for his production of Samuel Beckett’s Eh Joe which transferred to London’s West End before being remounted at the Lincoln Center Festival. He has been knighted by the French Government, received State Honors from The Republic of Armenia, and is an Officer of the Order of Canada. His production of the COC’s Die Walküre will be mounted for the third time in January 2015. DEBRA HANSON Set and Costume Designer

Gemini award-winning Canadian designer Debra Hanson is making her COC debut. She moves fluidly between production design and set and costume design for film, television and theatre. Current projects


include the sci-fi series Orphan Black, and in television she has also worked on Combat Hospital (ABC/Shaw), Crash and Burn (Canwest/Global), Bomb Girls (Global) and The Firm (NBC). She also recently designed and consulted for the film version of the one-man play, Barrymore, starring Christopher Plummer. Other recent credits include Queen of the Night (with director Atom Egoyan); Casino Jack, starring Kevin Spacey; Chloe and Adoration (both with Atom Egoyan); Away From Her (with director Sarah Polley); and Snow Cake, starring Alan Rickman and Sigourney Weaver. Ms Hanson served as Stratford Festival’s head of design from 1989 to 1994. MICHAEL WALTON Lighting Designer

Michael Walton is making his COC debut. Recent credits include Maria Stuarda (Pacific Opera); Albert Herring (Vancouver Opera and Pacific Opera); Fiddler on the Roof, Othello, Henry V, The Matchmaker, Twelfth Night, The Misanthrope, The Tempest, King of Thieves, Macbeth, and Hamlet (Stratford Festival); Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots and Sideways (La Jolla Playhouse, California); Venus in Fur and Cruel and Tender (Canadian Stage); ’Night Mother (Soulpepper); The Rocky Horror Show, The Three Musketeers, Little Women (Citadel Theatre); and And Slowly Beauty and The Year of Magical Thinking (Belfry, National Arts Centre and Tarragon). Upcoming projects include Enron (National Arts Centre); Mary Poppins (Citadel and Theatre Calgary); and King Lear, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Antony and Cleopatra (Stratford Festival).

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SANDRA HORST Chorus Master

Sandra Horst’s most recent COC credits include La Bohème and Peter Grimes. Also at the COC she conducted Rossini’s Il viaggio a Reims. As director of musical studies at the University of Toronto’s Opera Division, she recently conducted Donizetti’s L’elisir d'amore. Ms Horst has served as chorus master for Opera Theatre of St. Louis and Edmonton Opera; a judge for the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions; and music staff of the Juilliard Opera Center, Chautauqua Institution, Boston Lyric Opera, and Banff Centre for the Arts. She was one of the 100 Alumni of Achievement honoured by Wilfrid Laurier University. This season Ms Horst is also chorus master for A Masked Ball, Roberto Devereux, Hercules and Don Quichotte. MARILYN GRONSDAL Associate Director

Marilyn Gronsdal was recently the assistant director for Peter Grimes, Tristan und Isolde and Il Trovatore. Other COC credits include director of La Bohème, associate director of Eugene Onegin, production assistant director for the COC’s Ring Cycle and assistant director on several productions that have been presented elsewhere – Oedipus Rex with Symphony of Psalms (Edinburgh), La Traviata (New Zealand), Siegfried (Lyon) and The Nightingale and Other Short Fables (Brooklyn Academy of Music). Other credits include directing Carmen and Don Pasquale for Saskatoon Opera and remounting the COC’s Der fliegende Holländer in Montreal. In 2013, she was a jury member in the Helikon-Opera’s International Competition for Young Opera Directors in Moscow. 11


DEREK BATE Assistant Conductor

Resident conductor Derek Bate recently served as assistant conductor for Peter Grimes. Also with the COC, he has led performances of Salome, La clemenza di Tito, Rigoletto, Aida, Madama Butterfly, The Flying Dutchman, Luisa Miller, Eugene Onegin, La Bohème, Carmen, Turandot, La Traviata, Die Fledermaus and served as assistant conductor for Love From Afar, A Florentine Tragedy/ Gianni Schicchi, Maria Stuarda, Nixon in China, Cinderella, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, War and Peace and the complete Ring Cycle, among others. Mr. Bate frequently conducts with Toronto Operetta Theatre, and was musical director for Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera and Show Boat. JENIFER KOWAL Stage Manager

This is Jenifer Kowal’s 22nd season with the COC. Her numerous COC stage managing credits include Peter Grimes, Salome, La clemenza di Tito, Die Fledermaus, Semele, Tosca, Rigoletto, Aida, Carmen, The Flying Dutchman, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Fidelio, War and Peace, Eugene Onegin, Don Carlos, La Traviata, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, the Ring Cycle and, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Nightingale and Other Short Fables. She was the production stage manager for Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera’s Miss Saigon, which also toured to Toronto and Schenectady. Ms Kowal studied theatre at Indiana University. M – Mainstage Performances E – Ensemble Studio Performance


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CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY ORCHESTRA VIOLIN I Marie Bérard, Concertmaster The Concertmaster’s chair has been endowed in perpetuity by Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Benjamin Bowman, Associate Concertmaster, on leave of absence Stephen Sitarski, Acting Associate Concertmaster* diane Tait, Assistant Concertmaster, on leave of absence Jayne Maddison, Acting Assistant Concertmaster Anne Armstrong Sandra Baron Bethany Bergman nancy Kershaw dominique laplante Yakov lerner neria Mayer VIOLIN II Paul Zevenhuizen, Principal Csaba Koczó, Assistant Principal James Aylesworth elizabeth Johnston Aya Miyagawa louise Tardif Marianne Urke Joanna Zabrowarna

VIOLA Keith hamm, Principal Joshua Greenlaw, Assistant Principal, on leave of absence Carolyn Blackwell, Acting Assistant Principal* Shannon Knights* rhyll Peel Beverley Spotton Yosef Tamir CELLO Bryan epperson, Principal Alastair eng, Associate Principal Paul Widner, Assistant Principal Maurizio Baccante Olga laktionova elaine Thompson BASS Alan Molitz, Principal robert Speer, Assistant Principal Tom hazlitt Paul langley FLUTE douglas Stewart, Principal Shelley Brown OBOE Mark rogers, Principal lesley Young CLARINET James T. Shields, Principal Colleen Cook

BASSOON eric hall, Principal elizabeth Gowen HORN Joan Watson, Principal, on leave of absence Scott Wevers, Acting Principal* Gary Pattison TRUMPET robert Grim, Principal robert Weymouth TIMPANI Michael Perry, Principal PERCUSSION Trevor Tureski, Principal CONTINUO PIANO Johannes debus LIBRARIAN Wayne Vogan ASSISTANT MUSIC LIBRARIAN Ondrej Golias STAGE LIBRARIAN Paul langley PERSONNEL MANAGER Ian Cowie * extra musician

COC ORCHESTRA ACADEMY The COC welcomes students selected by audition from The Glenn Gould School at The royal Conservatory of Music and the faculty of Music at the University of Toronto who will participate in a mentorship program with musicians of the COC Orchestra. COC Orchestra Academy Musicians Ashton lim, cello rebecca Mcleod, violin Alessandro rauli, oboe

CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY CHORUS SOPRANOS Andrea Cerswell eliza Johnson Alexandra lennoxPomeroy eve rachel Mcleod Katie Murphy

MEZZO-SOPRANOS Kristina Alexander Susan Black erica Iris huang Jennifer Kee laura McAlpine

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TENORS Stephen Bell Taras Chmil Sam Chung Conrad Siebert Taylor White

BARITONES & BASSES Jeremy Bowes Matthew Cassils Jeremy ludwig Michael nyby Keith O'Brien


BOARD OF DIRECTORS OFFICERS Mr. Tony Arrell, President Mr. Philip C. deck, Chair Mr. Paul A. Bernards, Treasurer Mr. John h. Macfarlane, Secretary Mr. Alexander neef, General Director (ex officio) Mr. robert lamb, Managing Director (ex officio)

MEMBERS Mr. Mark Appel Ms nora Aufreiter Mr. robert Brouwer Ms Marcia lewis Brown Mr. Stewart Burton Mr. Peter M. deeb Mr. George S. dembroski Mr. William fearn (ex officio) Mr. Adam froman Mr. Michael Gibbens Mr. Peter hinman dr. linda hutcheon Ms Trinity Jackman Mr. Justin linden Mr. Jeff lloyd

Ms Anne Maggisano Mr. Stephen O. Marshall Ms Judy Matthews Ms Trina McQueen Mr. Jonathan Morgan Mr. nick Mutton Ms frances Price Mr. Arthur r.A. Scace, C.M. Ms Colleen Sexsmith Mr. Philip S.W. Smith Mr. Paul B. Spafford Ms Michele Symons Ms Kristine (Kris) Vikmanis Mr. John h. (Jack) Whiteside HONORARY DIRECTOR Mr. Joey Tanenbaum, C.M.

VOLUNTEER SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS COC OPERA GUILDS Brantford Opera Guild, David M. Cullen, President Kingston Opera Guild Grace Orzech, President london Opera Guild Ernest H. Redekop, President Muskoka Opera Guild Dr. Hans Heeneman, President northumberland Opera Guild Thais Donald, President Oakville Opera Guild Maureen Rudzik, President Sudbury Opera Guild Mike Humphris, President Western new York Opera Guild Dorothy K. Piepke, President

CANADIAN OPERA FOUNDATION DIRECTORS Mr. William fearn, Chair Mr. Ken Jesudian, Vice Chair Mr. Tony Arrell Mr. Jonathan Bloomberg Mr. J. rob Collins Mr. david forster, Treasurer Mr. Gary Gard Mr. Michael Gough Mr. Christopher hoffman Mr. david Spiro, Secretary HONORARY DIRECTORS Mr. George hamilton hon. dennis lane

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ADMINISTRATION AND STAFF AleXAnder neef, General director Robert Lamb Managing Director Johannes Debus Music Director EXECUTIVE OFFICE Executive Assistant to the General Director Sky Fairchild-Waller Marguerite Schabas (on leave) ARTISTIC ADMINISTRATION

COC Ensemble Studio Gordon Bintner Charlotte Burrage Sasha Djihanian Aviva Fortunata Clarence Frazer Andrew Haji Danielle MacMillan Owen McCausland Cameron McPhail Claire de Sévigné Michael Shannon Production Assistants Adriana Dimitri Hannah Gordon

Amy Cummings Scene Shop Co-ordinator

Nancy Hawkins Head of Wardrobe

David Retzleff Head Scene Shop Carpenter

Leslie Brown Wardrobe Assistant

Andrew Walker Assistant Scene Shop Carpenter Richard Gordon Head Scenic Artist

Cori Ferguson Head of Wig & Make-up Crew

Carolina Valenzuela Assistant Head Scenic Artist

Shawna Green Production Co-ordinator

Roberto Mauro Artistic Administrator Olwyn Lewis Company Manager Karen Olinyk Assistant, Artistic Administration & Music



Scott Williamson Rehearsal Head Technician


Peter W. Lamb Director of Production

Guy Nokes Properties Supervisor

Lee Milliken Production Manager

Stephanie Tjelios Resident Properties Builder/Co-ordinator

Sandra Gavinchuk Music Administrator Sandra Horst Chorus Master Wayne Vogan Music Librarian, Coach Elizabeth Upchurch Head of the Ensemble Studio & Coach Derek Bate Resident Conductor Music Staff Rachel Andrist Timothy Cheung Jean Desmarais Jenna Douglas Esther Gonthier Stephen Hargreaves Anne Larlee Ben Malensek Kevin Murphy Steven Philcox Eric Weimer Gerry Egan Interim Scheduling Manager

Nina Dragani´ ´c Director of Programming – Free Concert Series

Chuck Giles Technical Director Barney Bayliss Associate Technical Director Wendy Greenwood Lighting Co-ordinator Assistant Technical Directors Melynda Jurgenson Wendy Ryder Janice Fraser Head Electrician Joel Thoman Assistant Electrician Bob Shindle Head of Sound Craig Kadoke Assistant Sound

Daniela Mazic Scenic Artist

Sandra Corazza Costume Supervisor

Stephen Gilles Director of Development

Cassandra Spence Costume Co-ordinator

Peter Hussell Senior Manager, Advancement Operations

Costume Assistants Natassia Brunato Christina Del Monte Sue Furlong Resident Tailor

Birthe Joergensen Archivist – Joan Baillie Archives

Rupert Baker Head Flyman

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Christie Darville Chief Advancement Officer

Amy Mushinski Manager, Government Relations

Additional Costumes By Industry Costumes Martino Nyugen


Supernumeraries Co-ordinators Analee Stein Elizabeth Walker

Properties Builders Carolyn Choo Wulf

Mike Gelfand Assistant Carpenter

Ondrej Golias Assistant Librarian

Olwyn Lewis SURTITLES™ Assistant

Kaila LeMaitre Development Associate

Hannah Gordon Assistant Scheduling Manager

Core Crew Scott Clarke Terry Hurley Paul Otis Chuck Theil

Zane Kaneps SURTITLES™ Editor

Tracy Taylor Properties Builder/ Co-ordinator

Assisted by Sharon Gashgarian Karen Hancock

Ian Cowie Orchestra Personnel Manager

Gunta Dreifelds SURTITLES™ Producer

DEVELOPMENT Kathy Frost Resident Properties Buyer/Co-ordinator

Paul Watkinson Head Carpenter

Alison Potter Head of Properties

Sharon Ryman Wig & Make-up Supervisor

Additional Millinery By Kaz Chopican Leslie Norgate Fencing Masks painted by Karen Rodd Paint and Dye By Chrome Yellow

Ali Kashani Associate Director, Institutional Gifts Dawn Marie Schlegel Associate Director, Donor Relations Sarah Heim Donor Relations Officer Natalie Sandassie Senior Development Officer, Annual Programs and Patron Engagement Paige Phillips Co-ordinator, Annual Programs and Patron Engagement

Emma Noakes Co-ordinator, Annual Programs and Patron Engagement Aisha Talarico Senior Development Officer, Friends of the COC

Danielle D’Ornellas Digital Marketing Co-ordinator Eldon Earle Marketing Co-ordinator Michelle Hwu Retail Co-ordinator

Kevin Sean Pook Co-ordinator, Friends of the COC

Kristin McKinnon Assistant Publicist

Francesco Corsaro Senior Development Officer, Institutional Gifts

EDUCATION AND OUTREACH Katherine Semcesen Associate Director, Education and Outreach

Adriana Formusa Development Officer, Institutional Gifts

Gianmarco Segato Adult Programs Manager

Nikita Gourski Development Communications Officer

Vanessa Smith Manager, School Programs

Tracy Briggs Senior Manager, Special Events Laura Aylan-Parker Senior Development Officer, Special Events and Ensemble Circle Victor Widjaja Donation Database Officer Olena Moldovan Donation Database Officer

Amber Yared Children and Youth Programs Co-ordinator TICKET SERVICES Alan Moffat Patron Relationship Manager Andrea Salin Associate Manager, Ticket Services Nikki Tremblay Assistant Ticket Services Manager


David Nimmo Group Sales Co-ordinator

Claudine Domingue Director of Public Relations

Lillian Fung Ticket Services Supervisor

Jeremy Elbourne Director of Marketing

Ticket Services Representatives James Baldwin Ellen Casey Ernest Cayemen Holly Coish Anna Kay Eldridge Peter Genoway Maureen Gualtieri Keith Lam Kevin Morris Darcy Stoop Mitch Yolevsky

Phil Stephens Senior Manager, Sales and Customer Service Gianna Wichelow Senior Manager, Creative and Publications Jennifer Pugsley Media Relations Manager Claire Morley Associate Manager, Editorial

CALL CENTRE Richard Paradiso Call Centre Manager

Call Centre Representatives Catherine Belyea Wendy Limbertie DeeAnn Sagar Margaret Terry Angela Thompson Alexandra Varela

Security Officers George Balyasin Joel Grannum Tammy Hill Natalia Juzyc Usman Khalid Kathleen Minor Heather Reid


Building Operators Dan Bisca Dan Popescu Adrian Tudoran

Lindy Cowan, CPA, CA Director of Finance and Administration Lorraine O’Connor, CHRP Human Resources Manager Amalie Davis, CPA, CA Finance Manager General Accountants Florence Huang Zoran Orli´ ´c (FSCPA) Payroll Accountants Jovana Bojovic Jeanny Won Steven Sherwood Manager, IT Services Brad Staples Database Reporting Specialist

Paula Da Costa Eurest Services Supervisor Eurest Services Team Jennifer Barros Malaku Godana Nash Lim Jimmy Pacheco Sugey Torres FOUR SEASONS CENTRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS Alfred Caron Director, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts Elizabeth Jones Associate Director, Business Development

Tony Sandy IT Services Assistant

Shannon Churm Business & Events Co-ordinator

Katarina Božovi´´c Receptionist/ Switchboard

Jefferson Guzman Associate Director, Patron Services

Branka Hrsum Mailroom Clerk/ Courier

Kim Hutchinson-Barber Assistant Manager, Front of House


Julia Somerville Assistant Manager, Front of House

Joe Waldherr Associate Director, Facilities Management Maintenance Assistants Ryszard Gad (COC) Branislav Peterman (COC) Julian Peters (COC) James Esposito (FSCPA) Mark Healy (FSCPA) Piotr Wiench (FSCPA) Security Supervisors Videsh Dookhu Dave Samuels

Meighan Szigeti Associate Manager, Digital Marketing

Brigitte Lang Assistant Manager, Food & Beverage Patron Services Supervisors Kelly Bailey Stuart Constable Enrique Covarrubias Cortes Jamieson Eakin Melissa McDonnell Adam Orr Patron Services Leads Carianne Hill Jennifer Toulmin

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As Naming Donor of the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, we are proud to be a lifelong friend of the fine arts experience for the patrons here and from around the world.


E. LOUISE MORGAN SOCIETY The e. louise Morgan Society was created to reflect the vision and commitment of its founder and the members who have created a legacy of leadership, passion and philanthropy in support of the goals of the Canadian Opera Company. each of these donors has contributed a cumulative total of more than one million dollars over the past 15 years. Their support is critical to the company’s success and we are forever indebted to their commitment and generosity. The estate of dr. larry M. Agranove ArIAS: Canadian Opera Student development fund The Gerard & earlaine Collins foundation The late John A. Cook The estate of horst dantz and don Quick Kolter Communities

The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen foundation roger d. Moore e. louise Morgan Joey & Toby Tanenbaum Anonymous (2)

MAJOR GIFTS & SPECIAL PROJECTS The COC offers its sincere thanks to the individuals listed below for their extraordinary support. PRODUCTION UNDERWRITERS Demonstrating their leadership and generosity, these donors have underwritten the COC’s mainstage productions. $500,000 + Jerry & Geraldine heffernan The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen foundation $100,000 – $499,999 Mark & Gail Appel Anne & Tony Arrell Philip deck & Kimberley Bozak Tim & frances Price david roffey & Karen Walsh Colleen Sexsmith

PERFORMANCE AND ARTIST SPONSORS The following donors extend their generous support to individual artists and performances. $100,000 + Jack Whiteside

Up to $25,000 Paul Bernards robert Sherrin The Stratton Trust Carol Swallow dr. david Stanley-Porter & dr. Colin McGregor Mailer Ms Kristine Vikmanis & Mr. denton Creighton

ENSEMBLE STUDIO SUPPORTERS Encouraging the next generation of artists, these donors support the COC’s Ensemble Studio. $1,000,000 Peter M. deeb

Up to $25,000 ArIAS: Canadian Opera Student development fund Marcia lewis Brown Margaret harriett Cameron and the late Gary Smith Classical 96.3 fM ninalee Craig Catherine fauquier Patrick hodgson family foundation Peter & hélène hunt Marjorie & roy linden Jo lander Tom C. logan James nicol and Christine Milne OCC lasik Brian Wilks

$500,000 – $999,999 The Slaight family foundation


$25,000 – $499,999 Anne & Tony Arrell ethel harris & the late Milton e. harris roger d. Moore The Stratton Trust

$100,000+ George S. dembroski Judy & Wilmot Matthews

$25,000 – $49,999 earlaine Collins Patrick & Barbara Keenan françoise Sutton Anonymous (1)

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Providing General Program support is critical to the COC’s artistic mission.

$25,000 – $99,999 William & Phyllis Waters Up to $24,999 Anonymous (3)


A scene from the COC's The Nightingale and Other Short Fables, 2009. Photo: Michael Cooper

Make the most of your opera experience! The President’s Council and Golden Circle programs help make possible many of the company’s activities. New productions, the COC Ensemble Studio program, our education and outreach initiatives – these are just a few of the reasons why President’s Council and Golden Circle gifts are so crucial to our future. President’s Council and Golden Circle members share in the excitement of opera in new ways through events and activities, receive personalized service for ticket purchases and exchanges, and enjoy exclusive use of the Henry N. R. Jackman Lounge at all opera performances. For further information, contact us at or call 416-363-5801.

*The COC recognizes donations from all individual giving programs with a charitable tax receipt for the maximum amount allowable under the Canada Revenue Agency guidelines.

MAJOR GIFTS & SPECIAL PROJECTS ENDOWMENT SUPPORT Making a gift to the Endowment ensures long-term stability for the COC and its artists. $100,000 + hon. henry n. r. Jackman Anonymous (1) $25,000 - $99,999 Michael W. & Wanda Plachta endowment fund Up to $25,000 Anonymous (1)



The COC honours the memory of the following patrons, whose vision and generosity has provided lasting support.

The COC expresses its sincere appreciation to all donors who have made memorial and honorary donations.

estate of helen Allen (Stacey) estate of Walter Carsen‡ estate of horst dantz & don Quick‡ estate of Phillipp eberhardinger estate of Mary B. Godfrey estate of Judith howard estate of ethel Berney Jackson‡ estate of Borge John Kraglund estate of J. Bruce Macdonald‡ estate of J.M. (doc) Savage‡ estate of Sarka Spinkova estate of Kathryn Thornton‡ estate of Vivian Treacy ‡ estate of hugh Victor Wallace estate of Jean Yack Wright

In Memory of Sam Ajzenstap Yvonne Chiu, CM Jack Culiner Mary roxalyn finch freddy Kremer lotfi Mansouri Aleksandar Petričic Magda riets norma louise rogers

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In Honour of After School Opera Program earlaine Collins ninalee Craig natalia lobach ruth Manke Kevin Sean Pook Tim and frances Price Mike Scott Colleen Sexsmith letty Snethen diane Visentin As of January 9, 2014

INDIVIDUAL GIVING ANNUAL SUPPORT GOLDEN CIRCLE GOLDEN CIRCLE COMMITTEE Mark Appel Stewart Burton Stephen Marshall Judy Matthews frances Price (Chair) Colleen Sexsmith Michele Symons GOLD, $50,000 + Anne & Tony Arrell**** Cecily & robert Bradshaw* david G. Broadhurst* In memory of Gerard h. Collins**** Jerry & Geraldine heffernan**** The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen foundation**** roger d. Moore**** Arthur & Susan Scace**** Colleen Sexsmith***

SILVER, $25,000 – $49,999 Andrew Peller limited* Mark & Gail Appel*** Paul Bernards*** Barbara Black* The Black family foundation Philip deck & Kimberley Bozak*** George & Kathy dembroski**** Michael Gibbens* ethel harris & the late Milton harris**** douglas e. hodgson**** rennie & Bill humphries**** ronald Kimel & Vanessa laPerriere**** Susan loube & William Acton* James nicol & Christine Milne Jack Whiteside***

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Ambur Braid as Vitellia and Rihab Chaieb (kneeling) as Sesto in the COC Ensemble Studio performance of La clemenza di Tito, 2013. Photo: Michael Cooper

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A scene from the COC's Gianni Schicchi, 2012. Photo: Michael Cooper

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OPERATOURS DONORS $700 + (From October 2012 – December 2013) dr. eric W. Amann** howard & ruth Barrett**** Ian & Janet Blue** Ms Victoria Burenko* Ms e. Burton*** louise Coxall*** edward Cummings & Margaret Kelly**** Ben & Sarah Glatt**** dr. Irene Gulka* donald Gutteridge & Anne Millar**** Ms fawzia Khan* dr. elizabeth Kocmur**** earl law**** Mrs. J. l. Malcolm* Ms Antonieta Marticorena**** Mary McClymont**** Mr. Alex Moraru* Mrs. Christa nimmo**** Mr. Michael r. Overbury*** rainer & Sharyn rothfuss**** Mr. Michael Samborsky** Beverly & fred Schaeffer**** Stephen & Jane Smith**** Paul & Maria Szasz**** Ms Grace Szczerbowski ria Tietz**** david roffey & Karen Walsh*** Ms June Yee** Anonymous (5) CORPORATE MATCHING PARTNERS The Canadian Opera Company gratefully acknowledges the following organizations that have matched gifts by their employees: Canadian Tire Corporation limited IBM Canada ltd. Ivanhoe Cambridge Inc Goodman & Company, Investment Counsel ltd. fM Global foundation The above Individual Support Gifts were made as of January 7, 2014 * ** *** **** † ‡

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We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $157 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country. nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. l’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 157 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.


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CREDITS & ACKNOWLEDGMENTS The Canadian Opera Company would like to thank all those who volunteer both on a daily basis and for special events with the company. Michael Cooper: Official photographer The COC is a member of Opera America and The COC operates in agreement with Canadian Actors’ equity Association. The COC operates in agreement with I.A.T.S.e., local #58, local #822, local #828.


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MAKING THE OLD NEW 1. It was the first and only time in Verdi’s

STOCKHOLM TO BOSTON 3. As Verdi worked on the opera with his

career that he adapted an already existing libretto, Gustave III, ou Le bal masque by Eugène Scribe. Scribe’s libretto had been set to music by French composer Daniel Auber in 1833 and enjoyed great success at its premiere in Paris.

translator and librettist, Antonio Somma, the royal censors in Naples demanded a number of changes. The opera went through three different titles, and just as many historical periods and locations (18th-century Stockholm, 17th-century Pomerania, 14th-century Florence), before ending up at the centre of a legal dispute between Verdi and the management of the Teatro San Carlo. The courts released Verdi from his contract in Naples, and the composer took his opera to another theatre in Rome. There, the original Swedish

A HISTORICAL OPERA 2. The libretto was based on the 1792 assassination of the progressive and widely adored King Gustav III of Sweden. Gustav was shot at a masked ball in Stockholm and died several days later. 18

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Above: The COC presents A Masked Ball. Catherine Naglestad as Amelia and Piotr Beczala as Riccardo in the Berlin Staatsoper production, 2008. Photo: Ruth Walz Below: Portrait of Verdi, 1886, by Giovanni Boldini (Galería Nacional de Arte Moderno de Roma)

setting was also rejected, but Verdi proposed 17th-century Boston as an alternative, with a governor instead of a king, which satisfied all parties involved. It was in this version that A Masked Ball finally premiered in Rome in 1859. The Boston setting was the standard version throughout Europe in Verdi’s lifetime, though within two years of the opera’s premiere, a production in Paris had set the action in Italy.

EXTERNAL DETAILS WEREN’T OF CRITICAL IMPORTANCE 4. The opera’s genesis shows that what was critical for Verdi in Masked Ball was Catch up with blogs and enjoy COC Radio at

not so much the outer detail – a particular city or a nobleman’s rank – but the universal structures that govern our most private and public relationships. 19

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The COC presents A Masked Ball. A scene from the Berlin Staatsoper production, 2008. Photo: Ruth Walz

A COMPLEX LOVE TRIANGLE 5. A Masked Ball marked Verdi’s move away from melodrama toward subjects of greater emotional complexity. The characters here are multi-faceted, experiencing intense conflicts of the heart and mind. The Governor Riccardo is in love with his best friend’s wife, Amelia, but realizes that unchecked ardour would only compromise her marriage and lead to misery. Similarly, Amelia feels real passion for Riccardo but can’t bring himself to betray her husband Renato. Meanwhile Renato – probably the most complex baritone part Verdi ever wrote – is devastated when he discovers what appears to be an affair between Amelia and Riccardo, the man he has sworn to protect with his life against a brewing conspiracy. Remarkably, Renato never turns into a one-dimensional villain and Verdi gives him a broad spectrum of conflicting emotions, from vengeful bloodlust that wants revenge, to grief at the breakdown of his marriage, and from pain at being betrayed to sorrow at the loss of a friend he loved and admired. 20

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BLENDING COMEDY AND TRAGEDY 6. This opera is Verdi’s most successful fusion of light and dark styles. The commingling of tragedy and comedy is most striking during the opera’s final scene when the stage band at the masked ball, apparently unaware that the Governor has been shot, continues to play upbeat dance music while Riccardo succumbs to his wounds.

VERDI LOOKS TO FRENCH MODELS 7. In composing to a French libretto, Verdi opted to use musical forms associated with 19th-century French opera. This is especially true of the music he wrote for the page Oscar, who often sings in straight-forward French couplets (two-versed songs) that lighten the mood with fun and mischief. The part of Oscar is traditionally performed as a pants role (a male character played by a female singer), but in this production Oscar’s character is presented as a young woman.

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A MODERN AMERICAN SETTING 8. This production takes place in an America of the 50s and 60s, but makes references to symbols and iconography outside that epoch – for example the extravagant outfit Oscar wears to the masked ball is a theatrical wink citing Björk’s “swan dress” at the 2001 Oscars. In drawing from a broad spectrum of real and mythic American tropes, this production presents a completely invented “modern America,” reinforcing Verdi’s artistic recommendation that “to copy reality can be a good thing, but to invent reality is much, much better.”

A VERSATILE HOTEL 9. The set is a hotel ballroom that can transform seamlessly into different locales of the opera. During Act II, for example, when Amelia is in a cemetery by the gallows, the lighting dims, the columns of the ballroom suddenly became transparent to reveal vine-like plants crawling upward, and chandeliers lower to create the illusion of treetops that rustle and sway in the wind. The single set complements the action of A Masked Ball, one of Verdi’s most compact and propulsive operas.

A RENOWNED DIRECTORIAL TEAM 10. Two-time winners of the “Directorial Team of the Year” recognition (2002 and 2012), selected by an international panel of 50 critics contributing to the magazine Opernwelt, Jossi Wieler and Sergio Morabito have also been the recipients of “Der Faust” – a major German theatre award – for best opera staging (2006 and 2012). They are renowned for immersing themselves deeply in the score and following the nexus of text and music to arrive at their production’s aesthetic and thematic focus. When Jossi Wieler was recently appointed head of the Stuttgart Opera, the Financial Times noted that it meant a welcome return to “productions based firmly on score and text” and praised him and Morabito for their “unshakeable faith in the score.” When it premiered in 2008, this production of A Masked Ball was hailed by Bloomberg for being “unashamedly entertaining” and having the “cinematic dynamism and the velocity of a good thriller.” n

A STELLAR CAST The production stars Canadian soprano Adrianne Pieczonka (Dialogues des Carmélites, Tosca), who makes her role debut as Amelia. Tenor Dimitri Pittas returns (La Bohème, Rigoletto) as the Governor Riccardo, while English baritone Roland Wood makes his COC debut as Renato. Russian mezzo-soprano Elena Manistina makes a welcome return as Ulrica after her Dora-award winning performance in the COC’s Il Trovatore (2012).

Adrianne Pieczonka (Amelia)

Dimitri Pittas (Riccardo)

Roland Wood (Renato)

Elena Manistina (Ulrica)

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A Feast of Laughs Falstaff’s life of sport and pleasure comes crashing down when his appetites lead to an ill-advised seduction scheme in this adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor. Verdi had more fun writing Falstaff than probably anything else in his career, and it shows in the quicksilver melodies and upbeat tempos of this joyous, life-affirming comedy. This new COC production, directed by Robert Carsen, has already delighted audiences in New York, Milan and London, and transports us to England, circa 1950. It is a time when the aristocracy – represented by the lecherous yet lovable Sir John Falstaff – is fading into obscurity, while a powerful middle class is emerging. The battle between the noblesse and the nouveau riche takes us from the wood-panelled rooms of a posh country inn to the pastel-coloured kitchens of the bourgeoisie, from an enchanting scene in the forest to a lavish banquet, with Falstaff’s beloved food and drink a unifying theme throughout. World-famous Canadian baritone Gerald Finley makes his role debut as Falstaff, and serves up the always-welcome lesson of being able to laugh at ourselves. October 3 – November 1, 2014 NEW COC CO-PRODUCTION with Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Teatro alla Scala, Milan; Metropolitan Opera and De Nederlandse Opera

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Puccini’s heartbreaking masterpiece of love, longing and loss Following its 1990 premiere, the COC’s exquisitely beautiful Madama Butterfly immediately achieved classic status as “one of the treasures of the COC’s collection” (Globe and Mail). It tellingly situates Butterfly’s little house as an island on the stage, revealing her isolation from family and community, as well as her ultimate abandonment by the American husband in whose empty vows she blindly places her future. Butterfly is simply the most vocally challenging, emotionally complex heroine in all Italian opera. She must embody strength and fragility in equal measure – qualities which abound in the great American singing actress Patricia Racette, whose Butterfly touched millions in the recent Metropolitan Opera HD transmission, and “can rightly stand among the great Butterflies of her era” (Opera News). Racette’s golden voice will carry Puccini’s best-loved melodies into the sonorous warmth of the Four Seasons Centre, and will be matched in beauty by the breathtaking simplicity of Brian MacDonald and Susan Benson’s impeccable production. Racette shares the role with her fellow American soprano, Kelly Kaduce.


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Don Giovanni’s dangerous allure is a force to be reckoned with in this game-changing production Mozart wrote three great operas with Lorenzo da Ponte: The Marriage of Figaro, Così fan tutte and Don Giovanni, which the COC will present next winter (2015). The starstudded cast includes Russell Braun, Jane Archibald and Michael Schade in director Dmitri Tcherniakov’s enthralling production of this darkly witty masterpiece in which Don Juan – the icon of seduction – is brought to blistering life, his almost supernatural, sexual magnetism undimmed as he faces his inevitable downfall. One of the most exciting new directors in the world of opera today, Moscow-born Dmitri Tcherniakov (best director, 2013 Opera Awards) will make his COC debut with another of his deeply considered, unconventional, and always honest productions that have produced some of the most inspired operatic performances ever witnessed. His intense rehearsal process plumbs the psychological possibilities of this work and the characters become part of one extended family, who are, in one way or another, brought into the web of the unforgettable title character, who is partly inspired by Marlon Brando’s performance in Last Tango in Paris. We’re presenting this new co-production of Don Giovanni in collaboration with Bolshoi Theatre of Russia, Teatro Real Madrid and Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, where, when it premiered in 2010, it was described by the Financial Times as “a thrillingly accomplished Don Giovanni that caught us off guard.”

January 24 – February 21, 2015 NEW COC CO-PRODUCTION with Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Teatro Real Madrid and Bolshoi Theatre

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It takes a goddess to make a hero Director Atom Egoyan and designer Michael Levine breathe life into Wagner’s incredibly powerful drama that was part of the Ring Cycle which opened the Four Seasons Centre in 2006 to rave reviews, and is at once both monumental yet deeply intimate in subject matter. The second of four epic operas that make up Wagner’s enormous Ring Cycle explores the forbidden love between separated-at-birth siblings Siegmund and Sieglinde, whose union marks the beginning of the downfall of the gods. Die Walküre charts their treacherous journey alongside Wotan, ruler of the gods, and Brünnhilde, the mighty Valkyrie heroine who is caught between familial obedience and moral truth. Conductor Johannes Debus leads a star-studded cast, headed by Christine Goerke as the indomitable Brünnhilde, whose COC debut also marks a muchcoveted role debut. Clifton Forbis takes on the role of the fierce Siegmund. The ever-impressive full force of the COC Orchestra tackles Wagner’s colossal score that features some of the most impressive music ever conceived. This is a legend of heroes and gods, and forbidden love and revenge, and it sets the stage for the subsequent instalments of Wagner’s most magnificent artistic achievement.


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Masters of comedy bring colour, whimsy and frenzied perfection to this Rossini romp The work of Spanish theatre troupe Els Comediants came to international prominence in 1992 with the spectacular fire ceremony they designed for the closing of the Barcelona Olympics. Since then they have continued pioneering live theatre of unbounded vitality, combining carnival and circus performance traditions with puppetry, dance, acrobatics and pantomime. With this new COC production of Rossini’s greatest comedy, the freewheeling Spaniards return to Toronto. Their Cubist-inspired sets toy with scale and proportion, while bursts of day-glo colour and innovative lighting conjure a fantasy world hovering between fairy-tale and hilarious vaudeville. Hitting all the high notes is an impressive cast of voices led by “dynamite performer” (Opera News) Joshua Hopkins, and “vocally flawless” (Munich Merkur) Met tenor Alek Shrader. Rossini’s score is a veritable hit parade, with showstoppers and sparkling tunes aplenty, while the creative magic on stage reminds us how much sheer fun can be had at the opera – a confection the entire family can enjoy. April 17 – May 22, 2015 NEW COC CO-PRODUCTION with Houston Grand Opera, Opéra National de Bordeaux and Opera Australia

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Mystery. Murder. Madness. Robert Lepage’s ground-breaking production of Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle and Schoenberg’s Erwartung astounded Toronto audiences at its 1993 premiere, establishing the COC as one of the world’s most visionary and compelling opera companies. Lepage’s spectacular and surprising integration of movement, light and theatrical slight-of-hand subsequently garnered world-wide acclaim in New York, Edinburgh, Melbourne and Hong Kong.



These two revolutionary early 20th-century scores now return home to Toronto where their stunning sonic and visual effects will be experienced for the first time in the acoustic splendour of the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. Superstar Canadian bass John Relyea (The Tales of Hoffmann, 2012) sings the strangely alluring Duke Bluebeard who inhabits a dark, mysterious castle whose secrets he does not want revealed. Powerhouse Russian mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Gubanova (Don Quichotte, 2014) portrays his fatally curious new wife, Judit. Schoenberg’s monodrama about a woman spiraling into madness stars Canadian mezzo-soprano Krisztina Szabó (Love From Afar, 2012). COC Music Director Johannes Debus conducts the extraordinary COC Orchestra.


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PATRON INFORMATION AND POLICIES Etiquette Patrons are reminded that R. Fraser Elliott Hall is an extremely lively auditorium and that all audience noise will be accentuated and audible to other patrons. Turn off all electronic devices, avoid talking, coughing, humming, moving loose seats, kicking the backs of seats, rustling programs, and unwrapping candies or cough drops. In consideration of patrons with allergies please avoid wearing strongly perfumed beauty products and fragrances. Please remain in your seat until the performance has completely ended and the house lights have been turned on. Electronic Devices The use of mobile and smartphones and all other electronic devices is extremely disruptive and is strictly prohibited during performances. If a patron has an emergency and needs to be contacted during a performance, he or she should contact Patron Services for assistance before the performance. Cameras/Recording Devices The use of cameras, video cameras or sound-recording devices of any kind is prohibited in R. Fraser Elliott Hall during performances. Any person using an unauthorized recording device while the performance is in progress will be required to surrender or erase any recordings, photographic or digital images and may be asked to leave. No refunds will be issued. Latecomers In the interest of safety and for the comfort of all patrons and performers, latecomers may not enter the auditorium or be seated unless there is a suitable break in the performance (usually intermission). Patrons leaving the auditorium during the performance or returning late after intermission may not be readmitted or may be accommodated in an alternate viewing location. Children and Babes-in-Arms All patrons, including children, must have a ticket for the performance. All children must be seated next to an accompanying adult. Young children should be able to sit quietly throughout the performance. If unable to do so, children and their accompanying adult will be asked to leave the auditorium. Babes-in-arms will not be admitted. Patron Services Located in the Lower Lobby, the following services are available: coat and parcel check, booster seats, back supports, infrared hearing-assistive devices and rental of binoculars, on a first-come, first-served basis. Medical Emergencies and First Aid A house doctor is present at all performances. Please contact an usher if medical services are required. Lost and Found During performances please speak with an usher or visit Patron Services at the Coat Check in the Lower Lobby. Following performances, all lost and found items will be stored at the security desk at Stage Door. Please call 416-363-6671 for information.


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Ticket Services Canadian Opera Company subscriptions and individual tickets are available through COC Ticket Services ONLINE: BY PHONE: 416-363-8231 or long distance 1-800-250-4653 Monday to Friday – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. IN PERSON: Four Seasons Centre Box Office 145 Queen St. W. Monday to Saturday – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. or through first intermission Sunday (performance days only) – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or through first intermission The Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts Box Office also services ticketing needs for The National Ballet of Canada and all other Four Seasons Centre events. Group Sales Groups of 10 or more enjoy savings on regular individual ticket prices. For more information or to reserve seats call 416-306-2356. Parking There is parking on a first-come, first-served basis for about 200 vehicles underneath the Four Seasons Centre. The entrance is located on the west side of York Street, south of Queen Street. Additional parking is conveniently located just steps away in the Green P lot underneath Nathan Phillips Square. For directions visit Four Seasons Centre Facility Tours Tours of the Four Seasons Centre now include backstage access! For more information, visit BMO Financial Group Pre-Performance Opera Chats The Canadian Opera Company Volunteer Speakers Bureau offers free, insightful chats about the stories, music and background of all COC performances, 45 minutes prior to each performance in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre. Food and Beverage Service A pre-order system for intermission refreshments is available at all bars throughout the Isadore and Rosalie Sharp City Room. Food and beverages are not permitted in R. Fraser Elliott Hall. Special Events and Catering The Four Seasons Centre is available for rental for all of your presentation, meeting or special events needs, with spaces accommodating from 20 to 2,000 people and full catering services. For further details visit or call 416-363-6671. The Opera Shop Located on the orchestra level of the Isadore and Rosalie Sharpe City Room, the COC's Opera Shop offers a fine selection of opera recordings on CD and DVD, as well as opera-related books, giftware and COC souvenirs.

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