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COC’s audition for young artists now welcomes an audience

Sasha Djihanian, soprano, from Montreal, QC

For the first time in the history of the Canadian Opera Company, the final auditions for singers seeking to join the Ensemble Studio training program will be made public as a vocal competition.  In addition to an offer of a coveted position in the 2012/2013 Ensemble Studio, the singers will be competing for one of four cash prizes.

More on each of the ten finalists, all of whom hail from Canada, is available at the COC website.

Over the course of the two-hour competition, each finalist will perform two arias showcasing their vocal technique and range.  The judging panel will deliberate on site and announce the competition winners at the conclusion of the evening’s event.

A limited number of tickets priced at $30 are now on sale for the COC Ensemble Studio Competition, which takes place on Nov. 28, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

Cameron McPhail, baritone, from Brandon, MB

Select finalists will be invited to join the 12/13 Ensemble Studio, with the number of offers to be determined by the judging panel.  First, second and third prizes, worth $5,000,$3,000, and $1,500, respectively, will be awarded, in addition to a People’s Choice Award, selected by audience vote, worth $1,500.

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COC raises $100K for rising opera artists

The bar for charity balls was raised on October 21, 2011, at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto as the scene of Operanation 8: A Muse Ball unfolded with more than 1,000 guests in attendance. The event raised $100,000 for the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio, Canada’s premier program for emerging opera professionals.

Rufus Wainwright entertained the crowd with “The Art Teacher,” “Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk,” and “Going to a Town.” Ensemble Studio singers Ambur Braid and Adrian Kramer performed with Canadian dance-pop band Austra. CP24’s Melissa Grelo hosted the evening. The night ended with a dance party whipped up by DJ John Kong.

In addition to the musical entertainment, fashion designers Ashley Rowe, Calla, Joeffer Caoc, and Arthur Mendonça provided creations for a fashion installation curated by RAC Boutique.

Fashion installation featured at OperaNation c. Canadian Opera Company

An art installation by Nadia Belerique and Jennifer Rose Sciarrino”Between Two Pillars,” occupied the top of the grand staircase.

The event also featured a scotch tasting hosted by The Balvenie; fine chocolate, cheeses, an amuse bouche station  and a popcorn bar.

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