CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY’S 2017/2018 SEASON BRINGS A PREMIERE AND HIGHLY ANTICIPATED RETURNS IN STAR-STUDDED YEAR FEATURING ALL COC PRODUCTIONS
Internationally Acclaimed Canadian Soprano Jane Archibald is COC Artist-in-Residence
Toronto – The Canadian Opera Company presents a 2017/2018 season that defies conventions on what opera can be and cements the art form’s enduring relevance as a reflection of timeless human relations and universal themes. Unveiled today at a public launch at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, the COC’s 67th season features the company premiere of Richard Strauss’ Arabella and welcomes the return of long absent works Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love (last presented in 1999), Donizetti’s Anna Bolena (last presented in 1984) and Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio (last presented in 1980), all in new COC productions. Rounding out the season are revivals of COC productions of Verdi’s Rigoletto and Robert Lepage’s landmark production of Stravinsky’s The Nightingale and Other Short Fables.
“What we have been trying to do since the opening of the opera house in 2006 is make the COC a destination for great artists. It’s a proud moment to look at the 17/18 season and see the relationships that have developed to bring these artists to the COC stage,” says COC General Director Alexander Neef. “My intention for every season we present is to share with our audiences an unrivalled operatic experience. Opera can be about so much—love, war, poverty, wealth, sadness, happiness—the big themes and questions of life, which can be explored in any number of ways. Next season brings with it meaningful examples of the limitless possibilities of how opera can be presented and the range of experiences it can offer.”
A special feature of the 17/18 season is the status of world-renowned Canadian soprano Jane Archibald as the COC’s Artist-in-Residence. Over the course of the season, Archibald will perform one of her most acclaimed roles: Konstanze in The Abduction from the Seraglio, and make two highly anticipated role debuts: Zdenka in Arabella and the Nightingale in The Nightingale and Other Short Fables. In addition to her season-long residency on the COC’s mainstage, Archibald will perform in the COC’s Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre and work with the young artists of the COC Ensemble Studio and Orchestra Academy training programs in a mentorship capacity.
“It’s exciting for the company and our audiences to have someone of Jane Archibald’s calibre choose to spend so much of her time with us. She’s an internationally in-demand artist and we’ve been fortunate to welcome her to the company on a number of occasions in the last few years,” says COC General Director Alexander Neef. “This kind of commitment from Jane is a testament to the international reputation of the COC, solidifying the company and our opera house as a showcase for the world-class talent working in opera today.”
Complementing the mainstage productions is An Evening with the Ensemble Studio, featuring the young artists of the COC Ensemble Studio training program, as well as Centre Stage, the COC’s annual vocal competition and premier fundraising gala.