In Winter

In Winter

In Winter
To

Supporter Opening Night: Friday, Dec. 17, 2021, 7:30 P.M. ET
General Public Streaming: Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021, 7:30 P.M. ET



The COC Orchestra under Music Director Johannes Debus, the COC Chorus, and artists of the COC Ensemble Studio come together for a concert that explores and celebrates winter.

Welcome a new season with Vivaldi’s instantly recognizable and exhilarating “Winter” section of “The Four Seasons,” classic songbook selections like “Deck the Halls,” and, for the centrepiece of the program, an exciting new commission by composer Ian Cusson, who sets text by Métis writer Katherena Vermette, for solo, chorus, and orchestra in a meditative composition entitled “In Winter.”



Cast & Creative Team


Melody Courage, soprano
Jamie Groote, soprano*
Midori Marsh, soprano*
Anna-Sophie Neher, soprano*
Charlotte Siegel, soprano*
Matthew Cairns, tenor*
Jonah Spungin, baritone*
Vartan Gabrielian, bass-baritone*
Alex Halliday, bass-baritone*

Conductor: Johannes Debus
Lighting Designer: Daniele Guevara
Price Family Chorus Master: Sandra Horst

With the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra and Chorus

*Artists of the COC Ensemble Studio



Program
"O Magnum Mysterium"
Morten Lauridsen 

"Deck the Halls"
Traditional Welsh (arr. John Rutter)

"The Roadside Fire"
Songs of Travel
Ralph Vaughan Williams

“Winter”
The Four Seasons
Antonio Vivaldi

“In Winter”
Ian Cusson
World Premiere

Decet for Winds, Op. 14, Second Movement
George Enescu

“Vilja, O Vilja”
The Merry Widow
Franz Lehár

“I'll be Home for Christmas”
Walter Kent

“The Twelve Days of Christmas”
Traditional (arr. Douglas Gamley)

“The Three Kings”
Peter Cornelius

“O Holy Night”
Adolphe Adam


The Story
The water nymph Rusalka has fallen in love – from afar – with a Prince. With the witch Ježibaba’s help, she takes on human form in exchange for her voice and with the threat that if she cannot attain and hold the Prince’s affection, they will both be cursed to eternal damnation. When he betrays her, it is Rusalka’s great love for him that overcomes the curse and – as he proclaims his love for her – gives him peace in death.


  • The water nymph Rusalka has fallen in love – from afar – with a Prince. With the witch Ježibaba’s help, she takes on human form in exchange for her voice and with the threat that if she cannot attain and hold the Prince’s affection, they will both be cursed to eternal damnation. When he betrays her, it is Rusalka’s great love for him that overcomes the curse and – as he proclaims his love for her – gives him peace in death.

2021/2022 season creative: BT/A

In Winter

In Winter
To

Supporter Opening Night: Friday, Dec. 17, 2021, 7:30 P.M. ET
General Public Streaming: Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021, 7:30 P.M. ET



The COC Orchestra under Music Director Johannes Debus, the COC Chorus, and artists of the COC Ensemble Studio come together for a concert that explores and celebrates winter.

Welcome a new season with Vivaldi’s instantly recognizable and exhilarating “Winter” section of “The Four Seasons,” classic songbook selections like “Deck the Halls,” and, for the centrepiece of the program, an exciting new commission by composer Ian Cusson, who sets text by Métis writer Katherena Vermette, for solo, chorus, and orchestra in a meditative composition entitled “In Winter.”



Cast & Creative Team


Melody Courage, soprano
Jamie Groote, soprano*
Midori Marsh, soprano*
Anna-Sophie Neher, soprano*
Charlotte Siegel, soprano*
Matthew Cairns, tenor*
Jonah Spungin, baritone*
Vartan Gabrielian, bass-baritone*
Alex Halliday, bass-baritone*

Conductor: Johannes Debus
Lighting Designer: Daniele Guevara
Price Family Chorus Master: Sandra Horst

With the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra and Chorus

*Artists of the COC Ensemble Studio



Program
"O Magnum Mysterium"
Morten Lauridsen 

"Deck the Halls"
Traditional Welsh (arr. John Rutter)

"The Roadside Fire"
Songs of Travel
Ralph Vaughan Williams

“Winter”
The Four Seasons
Antonio Vivaldi

“In Winter”
Ian Cusson
World Premiere

Decet for Winds, Op. 14, Second Movement
George Enescu

“Vilja, O Vilja”
The Merry Widow
Franz Lehár

“I'll be Home for Christmas”
Walter Kent

“The Twelve Days of Christmas”
Traditional (arr. Douglas Gamley)

“The Three Kings”
Peter Cornelius

“O Holy Night”
Adolphe Adam

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