In 2018/2019 we’re challenging ourselves to look at the fundamental human experience of love through an unexpected array of works that have the capacity to reshape our understanding of our hearts and minds.
When Rigoletto’s only joy, his daughter Gilda, is seduced by his amoral employer, anger and passion drive him to murder. But Gilda, blinded by a powerful and innocent love, places herself in the path of her father’s revenge, with heartrending consequences.
Cultures collide in Mozart’s singspiel, but real division is difficult to define. The story of European captives of a Muslim pasha in the Ottoman Empire, Abduction is ripe with the possibility of violent confrontation. But celebrated Lebanese-Canadian writer Wajdi Mouawad's direction deftly avoids caricature, and the brilliant humanity of Mozart’s characters shines in a new way
Inaugurated in 2006, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts is the first building of its kind in Canada; a theatre built specifically for opera and ballet performances with the finest level of acoustics.
Main banner: Creative: BT/A, photography: Gaetz Photography; Alain Coulombe and Mireille Asselin in Rigoletto (COC 2011), photo: Chris Hutcheson; Opening Night Party, The Marriage of Figaro (2015), photo: Inna Yaskinska; Alexander Seredenko, photo: Chris Hutcheson; Jane Archibald in The Abduction from the Seraglio (Opéra de Lyon, 2016), Photo: Bertrand Stofleth; Music Director Johannes Debus and the COC Orchestra (2009), photo: Michael Cooper; A scene from the Canadian Opera Company production of Peter Grimes, 2013, photo: Michael Cooper; Members of the 2017/2018 Ensemble Studio. Banner image by Gaetz Photography; Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts (2016). Photo: Sam Javanrouh; Alexander Neef, photo: Bo Huang; Johannes Debus, photo: Bo Huang; Sondra Radvanovsky in Anna Bolena (Washington Opera, 2012), promotional photo: Cade Martin; Olga Peretyatko in The Nightingale and Other Short Fables (COC, 2009), photo: Michael Cooper; Operanation creative: B/TA