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Meghan Lindsay as Alcina with Artists of Atelier Ballet
From Opera Atelier's Production of
'Alcina'

Photo by Bruce Zinger

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Updates

Sunday December 21, 2014

Review of The First Annual Rock and Roll Christmas added …

This show delivered everything that was expected and added cherries with an array of surprises. David Chaulk deserves a world of credit for assembling the team needed to bring it to life …

… Read the Review

Thursday December 18, 2014

Performance Review Page added for the Sarnia Band, The Sisters Of Soul added …

It's one thing to talk about sharing freely but another to do it. Each month the core members Fran Schweitzer, Sue and George Webber and George Ayers set up with a few guest performers on the second Friday and do a show featuring music, food and fun. All they ask is a donation and what they give is wonderful. The atmosphere is informal and their music making is stellar. The shows always draw smiles and their most recent one brightened the season for many. They're a treasure for this area.

… Go to Their Performance Page

Wednesday December 11, 2014

Review of Carrie Beauchamp's production of 'Finding Christmas' with The Nightingale Chorus added …

Carrie Beauchamp's production of "Finding Christmas" is marked by startling contrasts between musical beauty and harsh imagery depicting class discrimination and the hypocrisy it's wrapped in.

… Read the Review

Monday December 8, 2014

Seaway Sounds at The Cheeky Monkey and Mike Blackmore at Zzas for December's First Friday

Seeing Seaway Sounds at the Cheeky Monkey gave anothher insight into how eclectic Roland and Mary Anne's tastes are while Mike Blackmore showed yet another facet working as a solo performer.

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Saturday November 22, 2014

Review of Theatre Sarnia's production of 'A Christmas Carol' added …

Theatre Sarnia's production of the Charles Dickens' classic, 'A Christmas Carol' features impressive concept work some fine choreography that's capped by a moving and, at times, fine comic performance by Joe Agocs …

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Monday November 17, 2014

Review of Diversion Entertainment's production of 'ALTAR Boyz' added …

The first few minutes have it a combination of dance, choreography, musical delivery, dazzling set and lighting and humour guaranteed to leave people breathless with amazement and laughter …

… Read the Review

Sunday November 9t, 2014

First Friday Around Sarnia: Deja Voodoo (Cheeky Monkey) and Mike Blackmore with Chris Molyneaux (Fusion)

The abundance of talented people in Sarnia who work hard and who like to go out and work means there's rarely a shortage of events worth looking at. The First Friday celebration inevitably offers an abundance of choices and this one was no exception. Here's the rundown on how a few of the events came off.

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Sunday November 2, 2014

Review of the Masterworks November Show, 'Beethoven and Sibelius' added …

Their performance of the 3rd symphony by Sibelius begs the question of how the piece ever fell into neglect. A wonderfully melodic rendering of the early passages yielded the floor to some ravishingly beautiful wind playing by clarinettist Graham Lord, 1st oboe player Graham MacKenzie and flautist Kaili Maimets …

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Monday October 27, 2014

Review of Opera Atelier's Production of 'Alcina' added …

Soprano Mireille Asselin immersed herself in the role of 'Morgana' as completely if it had been written specifically for her. Her tapestry of vocal shadings combined with effortless seeing agility made her portrayal of the captivating vixen intoxicating …

… Read the Review

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Canadian Opera Company Press Releases

 

 

 

 

 

Monday December 15, 2014

Press Release for the COC's January-February 2015 Production of 'Die Walküre' featuring Christina Goerke

Toronto – Richard Wagner’s Die Walküre is opera at its most epic with incredible vocal demands, a 110-piece orchestra and a story about gods and mortals, all played out to one of opera’s most powerful and iconic scores.

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Monday December 15, 2014

Press Release for the COC's January-February 2015 Production of 'Don Giovanni'

Toronto – The Canadian Opera Company’s 2014/2015 winter season opens with a game-changing new production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Internationally acclaimed Russian director Dmitri Tcherniakov defies convention with this dark and witty masterpiece inspired by literature’s most famous womanizer, Don Juan.

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Thursday November 27, 2014

Tenor Charles Sly Wins Audience Approval Award at the COC's Ensemble Studio Competition

Toronto Ð Tenor Charles Sy of Toronto took home first prize and the Audience Choice Award at the Canadian Opera CompanyÕs Ensemble Studio Competition on November 25, 2014.

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Tuesday November 11, 2014

Seven Canadian Singers Take Centre Stage In COC Vocal Showcase Competition

Toronto – Out of a pool of 175 aspiring opera singers from across the country, the Canadian Opera Company has selected seven to compete at Centre Stage: Ensemble Studio Competition Gala on November 25, 2014 at Toronto’s Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

 

 

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Thursday October 30, 2014

COC Makes Return Visit to the Prestigious Brooklyn Academy of Music This Spring with Semele

Toronto – The Canadian Opera Company is proud to be invited to present the U.S. premiere of Zhang Huan’s theatrically transcendent production of Handel’s Semele at the world-renowned Brooklyn Academy of Music in March 2015. The COC’s presentation of Semele at BAM is directed by Zhang with distinguished British conductor and Baroque opera expert Christopher Moulds leading the critically acclaimed COC Orchestra and COC Chorus. Semele is scheduled at the Howard Gilman Opera House (30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn, NY) for four performances only – March 4, 6, 8 and 10, 2015.

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Tuesday October 28, 2014

Press Release for an Overview of the Canadian Opera Company's 2013 - 2014 Season: Artistic Highlights, Attendance and Fundraising Growth

Toronto – Today at the Canadian Opera Company’s Annual General Meeting, the company reported on its artistic highlights, impressive endowment growth, growing attendance and subscription figures, and a general financial overview of the 2013/2014 season …

On a personal note, one things that's hardly ever mentioned when assessing the cost of the arts is how much benefit businesses benefit from their presence. Money is spent in the places that are around them when people attend a performance. That wouldn't be happening if they were sitting at home.

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