The COC and National Arts Centre Commission EMPIRE OF WILDBy COC StaffPosted in 23/24 Season[READ MORE]
The Canadian Opera Company (COC) and National Arts Centre (NAC) have officially co-commissioned Empire of Wild, an imaginative and enthralling new mainstage opera from composer Ian Cusson and librettist Cherie Dimaline that centres the Georgian Bay Métis community at the heart of its story.
Get to Know LA BOHÈME Conductor Jordan de SouzaBy COC StaffPosted in 23/24 Season[READ MORE]
Our fall production of La Bohème will be conducted by Canadian maestro Jordan de Souza. Formerly staff conductor at Berlin’s Komische Oper, de Souza has been hailed by The New York Times as part of “the new generation leading Berlin’s classical music scene,” and we’re thrilled to welcome him back to the COC!
We asked him about returning to the city of his birth, the timeless appeal of Puccini’s music, and what excites him about the next generation of opera artists. Read on for his responses—and be sure to book your tickets to see him in action on the podium from October 6!
John Caird: Highlights of a Stage IconBy COC StaffPosted in 23/24 Season
Tony Award-winning director John Caird has been mounting critically acclaimed stage productions for half a century—from an 8 ½-hour adaptation of Nicholas Nickleby to the long-running smash hit Les Misérables and, most recently, a theatrical adaptation of Hayao Miyazaki’s animated film Spirited Away.
This season, his beloved production of La Bohème returns to the COC stage where it opened in 2013. A perennial crowd-pleaser featuring Puccini’s soaring score, romantic set design, and unforgettable characters, it’s no surprise that this production remains a fan favourite!
Read on to discover just a few highlights from John Caird’s remarkable career—and be sure to book your tickets for La Bohème, opening at the Four Seasons Centre of the Performing Arts on October 6!