Toronto City Opera

Announcing the 2017-18
Toronto City Opera Season

We are very excited to confirm the repertoire for our upcoming 2018 season!

 

FIDELIO
by Beethoven

March 16, 2018 @ 7:30pm
March 18, 2018 @ 2pm

(Sung in German, with English surtitles)
An empowering tale of human struggle and triumph.

 

THE TRANSIT OF VENUS
by Victor Davies

March 25, 2018 @ 2pm
March 27, 2018 @ 7:30pm

(sung in English)
An epic story of love and broken dreams.

 

We are incredibly honoured to be presenting the Ontario premiere of this important Canadian work.

 

Transit Of Venus, acclaimed as a “Canadian masterpiece” (The Winnipeg Free Press), is the first opera commissioned for the main-stage of the Manitoba Opera, and is based on the internationally celebrated play by librettist Maureen Hunter.

 

Transit of Venus is a love story that charts a celestial course between destiny and desire, inspired by the real life expeditions of the French 18th century astronomer, Guillaume Le Gentil and his quest to chart the transit of Venus across the face of the sun. (He tried twice unsuccessfully, to chart the transit.)

 

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Announcing Our New
Co-Artistic Directors

Richard MargisonToronto City Opera is delighted to announce the appointment of internationally renowned Canadian Tenor Richard Margison and multi-disciplinary Canadian Director Valerie Kuinka as Co-Artistic Directors for our upcoming 51st performance season.

 

Hailed for his ringing top notes and spine-tingling power, Canadian Tenor, Richard Margison, is one of the most critically acclaimed opera singers Canada has ever produced. An Officer of the Order of Canada, the recipient of three honorary doctorates (McMaster University, University of Victoria, and University of British Columbia), two life-time achievement awards (Giulio Gari Foundation, The Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation), and The Royal Conservatory of Music's highest honour, the Honorary Fellowship.

 

Valerie KuinkaValerie Kuinka - Having worked within the realm of alternative multi-disciplinary theatre to grand opera, Canadian Director Kuinka brings a wealth of experience and unique creativity to her work.

 

The list of highly accomplished artists with whom she has collaborated is extensive: Placido Domingo, Anna Netrebko, Roberto Alagna, Richard Margison, Jose Cura, Nathan Gunn, Matthew Polenzani, Veronica Tennant, Rex Harrington, Quartetto Gelato, Alannah Myles, Frank Moore, and Shauna Rolston, to name but a few.

 

A stage director at The Metropolitan Opera in New York for four seasons (2004–08), Valerie was on the stage directing team of Romeo et Juliette (2005–06) and its revival (2007–08) as well as the revivals of Samson et Dalilah (2004–05, 2005–06), Idomeneo (2006–07) and Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci (2006–07).

 

Toronto City Opera is proud to be working in partnership with Margison and Kuinka to offer our long standing Soloist Program as a Master Class Program, more details to follow shortly.

 

 

Announcing Our New Music Director

Ivan JovanovicToronto City Opera is pleased to announce Ivan Jovanovic as our new Music Director. Please welcome back Ivan for a fifth performance season!

 

Jovanovic is a recent University of Toronto graduate where he received his Master’s in Collaborative piano degree in studio of Professor Steven Philcox. Ivan’s other degrees include Master of Music and Bachelor of Music in piano performance from the University of Arts, Faculty of Music, Belgrade, Serbia.

 

During his studies, Ivan won numerous awards at various state competitions as a solo pianist. In 2005, he joined Belgrade Opera Orchestra, mastering an enormous opera repertoire, under the baton of the chief conductor Dejan Savic. Ivan played both harpsichord and piano for recitals of Don Giovanni, Orfeo ed Euridice, The Italian Girl in Algeria, The Marriage of Figaro, Hassan-Aga’s Wife, The Love for Three Oranges, and The Secret Marriage.

 

In 2013, Ivan won the prestigious Gwendolyn Koldofsky prize. He is a staff vocal coach and rehearsal pianist for UofT Opera Division and for the previous four years was the accompanist at Toronto City Opera.

 

Ivan joined the Brott Music Festival in the 2015-2016 for the productions of The Barber of Seville and Le Nozze di Figaro as a rehearsal and performance pianist and harpsichordist. He was invited to accompany singers at St Andrew’s Summer Opera Workshop, Westben Arts Festival and Opera Muskoka in 2016.

 

Ivan played at numerous auditions, competitions, and recitals with performers of all levels, ranging from amateur opera enthusiasts to internationally acclaimed professionals.

Chorus
Registration

Want to fulfill your dreams of singing in the chorus of one or two operas while having the real experience of acting on stage?

 

Join TCO’s Chorus through TDSB. No audition is required. Prior choral experience and ability to read music will be an asset! We will assist your home practice through our on-line teaching tool Toperaid.

 

Registration starts August 16. There will be a fee payable directly to TDSB upon registration, and an administration fee of $120 payable to TCO on the first day of class on September 19, 2017. Space is limited, please register today!

 

Visit econnect.tdsb.on.ca
and enter barcode 85006 to register

 

Tickets

Stay tuned for Box Office and Advance Tickets Information!

 

 

Venue

AL GREEN THEATRE
Miles Nadal Community Centre

750 Spadina Avenue, Toronto

The Al Green Theatre is a 285 seat  facility inside of the vibrant Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre. Located at the corner of Bloor Street and Spadina Avenue in Toronto, the theatre is fully accessible by both subway lines, with ample municipal parking and a number of great shops and restaurants close by.

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