Jan 23, 2013

By Michael Kramer

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The Canadian Opera Company has unveiled its 2013/2014 season.

The  64th season stars the world’s finest  singers, conductors, directors and designers in a performance year  including three COC premieres and three new COC productions.

Puccini’s  “La Boheme” will be presented in a new production  featuring
some of Canada’s  brightest stars and  COC Music Director Johannes Debus makes his Benjamin Britten debut conducting  “Peter Grimes” with a production starring acclaimed Canadian tenor Ben Heppner in the iconic title role.

Mozart’s  “Cosi fan tutte” will be performed in a new production by renowned film and theatre director Atom Egoyan with Debus conducting.

Other highlights:

– Verdi’s “Un ballo in maschera”  starring great Canadian diva Adrianne Pieczonka in a role debut

– Handel’s “Hercules” with a COC premiere and new COC production by world-renowned director Peter Sellars with a star-studded cast

– Donizetti’s “Roberto Devereux” with a COC premiere starring soprano Sondra Radvanovsky in a role debut

Massenet’s “Don Quichotte” with a COC premiere featuring Debus in another conducting debut and the world’s pre-eminent bass Ferruccio Furlanetto in the title role

Making their COC debuts in the upcoming season are singers Phillip Addis, Sir Thomas Allen, Paul Appleby, Layla Claire, Lucy Crowe, Grazia Doronzio, Joyce El-Khoury, Giuseppe Filianoti, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Ekaterina Gubanova, Teodor Ilincai, Eric Owens and Roland Wood;
conductors Carlo Rizzi and Corrado Rovaris; and directors Linda Brovsky, Sergio Morabito and Jossi Wieler.
Returning artists include singers Russell Braun, Alice Coote, Richard Croft, Tracy Dahl, David Daniels, Alan Held, Ben Heppner, Quinn Kelsey, David Lomeli, Allyson McHardy, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Adrianne
Pieczonka, Dimitri Pittas and Sondra Radvanovsky; conductors Harry Bicket and Stephen Lord; and directors Neil Armfield, John Caird, Atom Egoyan, Stephen Lawless and Peter Sellars.

All performances take place in the company’s  home, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, and feature the renowned COC Orchestra and Chorus.

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