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

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

Everything Old is New Again: Toronto’s Cultural Institutions’ Appeal to the Young

Art galleries and museums were once considered the exclusive domain of society’s elite – not for nothing was the term “art snob” coined. But in recent years, Toronto’s largest galleries, museums and performing arts centres are aggressively targeting a younger… 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

Yelle to Perform at Operanation 2014

French pop group, Yelle will be the featured artist at this year’s Operanation, to be held on October 16, 2014 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.  It’s a week earlier than usual, and perhaps a good thing,… Continue Reading

A Double Win for Karine Boucher at COC’s Centre Stage!

Soprano Karine Boucher, who sang “E pur cosi in un giorno… Piangerò la sorte mia” from Giulio Cesare by Handel was not only this year’s first place winner at the Ensemble Studio Competition and inaugural Centre Stage Gala, but also… Continue Reading

Opera Meets Idol at the Canadian Opera Company’s Centre Stage

On November 26, 2013, the Canadian Opera Company has a new addition to its event family.  Centre Stage, a party held in conjunction with their Ensemble Studio competition and hosted by Rufus Wainright (a performer at the COC’s Operanation in… Continue Reading