Tamara Wilson, Anna Pirozzi, Eri Nakamura & Long Long Lead Canadian Opera Company’s 2024-25 Seson

By Francisco Salazar

The Canadian Opera Company has announced its 2024-25 season.

The season opens with Verdi’s “Nabucco” starring Roland Wood, Tamara Wilson, Rihab Chaieb, Matthew Cairns, and Simon Lim. Paolo Carignani conducts the new production by Katherine M. Carter.

Performance Dates: Oct. 4-25, 2024

Long Long sings the title role in Gounod’s “Faust” with Kyle Ketelsen, Kseniia Proshina, Simon Melchlinski, and Megan Latham. Johannes Debus conducts the production by Amy Lane.

Performance Dates: Oct. 1-Nov. 2, 2024

Michael Grandage directs Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” with Kero-Lynn Wilson conducting. Eri Nakamura, Kang Wang, Hyona Kim, and Michael Sumuel star.

Performance Dates: Jan. 24-Feb. 16, 2025

Julien Bilodeau & Michel Marc Bouchard’s La Reine-garçon” will feature a powerhouse cast of Canadian singers, including sopranos Kirsten MacKinnon, Kirsten LeBlanc, Owen McCausland, and Philippe Sly. Johannes Debus conducts the production by Angela Konrad. 
Performance Dates: Jan. 31-Feb. 15, 2025
Alban Berg’s “Wozzeck’s” is directed by William Kentridge and will star baritone Michael Kupfer-Radecky, soprano Ambur Braid, tenor Michael Schade, and tenor Matthew Cairns. Johannes Debus conducts.Performance Dates: April 25-May 16, 2025

Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin” is set to star Vassily Ladyuk, Lauren Fagan, Evan LeRoy Johnson, and Dimitry Ivashchenko. Speranza Scappucci returns to the COC podium conducting  a production by Robert Carsen.

Performance Dates: May 2-24, 2025

Mascagni’s “Cavalleria Rusticana” will be performed in a one-night only concert presentation. The cast will include tenor Russell Thomas, soprano Anna Pirozzi, mezzo-soprano Deborah Nansteel, and baritone Simone Piazzola. COC Music Director Johannes Debus conducts.

Performance Date: May 23, 2025

Centre Stage: Ensemble Studio Competition will showcase the new generation of brilliant young singers as they compete for cash prizes and the chance to be invited to the COC Ensemble Studio. 

Performance Date: Oct, 30, 2024