A Night of Music and Fine Wine at the COC’s Annual Fine Wine Auction

I had the privilege of attending the annual Fine Wine auction for the Canadian Opera Company (COC) on April 6.   Held at their home, The Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, the evening featured delicious food courtesy of 10ation… Continue Reading

Royal Conservatory of Music Gala with Lang Lang

Wow, what an experience!  An extremely well-known 30-something classical pianist from China, someone who has as much fame and following as a member of a circa late 90s/early 2000s boy band member, playing at a small venue like Koerner Hall… Continue Reading

The Magic Flute and Louis Riel Among Canadian Opera Company’s 2016-17 Season

Mozart’s kid-friendly opera, The Magic Flute will be one of several productions in the Canadian Opera Company’s (COC) upcoming season.  The opera, a fairy tale, is a love story featuring magic (the flute and a set of bells), rescuing a… Continue Reading

Toronto Soprano Wins the COC’s Centre Stage 2015

Home-grown soprano, Emily D’Angelo not only takes home the grand prize of $5,000, but was also picked as the audience’s choice winner (last year’s winner, Charles Sy was also picked by the audience), worth $1,500.  The first and second runners… Continue Reading

COC’s Centre Stage 2015: November 3

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Centre Stage, The Canadian Opera Company’s annual competition for its Ensemble Studio program will be held on November 3, 2015.  As many of you may know, the Ensemble Studio is a unique program where talented singers are given the opportunity… Continue Reading

Some Oscar 2015 Highlights: Feminist Rants, Lady Gaga and Birdman’s Win

Equal Pay Rant and Being Relevant: Patricia Arquette at the SAG Awards in January Patricia Arquette’s rant about equal pay is still buzzing around the internet, with most people applauding her speech.  And while I agree with Ms. Arquette that… Continue Reading

Canadian Opera Company’s 2015-2016 Season to Feature Pyramus and Thisbe

As a member of the Canadian Opera Company‘s (COC) Ensemble Circle, I had the opportunity to attend last night’s announcement of the COC’s upcoming season.  I have to admit that I am very excited.  Many old favourites are back, as… Continue Reading

Charles Sy Captures Hearts of Audience and Jury

This year’s Centre Stage competition, which was held this past Tuesday at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts was another great success, with tenor Charles Sy winning both first place and the audiences’ choice award, making his prize… Continue Reading

Centre Stage Finalists Dress/Suit Fittings!

Centre Stage, the annual competition for cash and places in the Canadian Opera Company’s prestigious Ensemble Studio will be held tonight, November 25, 2014.  Seven finalists, all dressed to the nines, will be competing for spots and last Friday, I… Continue Reading