The Canadian Opera Company’s Free Concert Series Line Up

By Afton Wooten

The Canadian Opera Company’s free concert series at the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre runs September through May.

This article only includes classical vocal works.

First up is “Meet the Ensemble Studio.” The company’s artistic development program is comprised of emerging professional Canadian opera artists.

Performance Date: September 20, 2023

“Mostly Mozart” is performed by UofT Opera.

Performance Date: September 27, 2023

Tenor Josh Lovell performs a series of works by Bellini, Britten, Fauré, and John Beck entitled “Love and its Many Forms.” Lovell joins the Canadian Opera Company this fall, performing the role of Jaquino in Beethoven’s “Fidelio.”

Performance Date: October 10, 2023

The“Rebanks Family Fellowship Showcase” features the artists in residence. Among the 2022/23 members are sopranos Hannah Crawford and Jonelle Sills.

Performance Date: October 24, 2023

Baritone Samuel Chan is joined by pianist Constanze Beckmann to present “Songs and Suppression: A Musical Journey out of Exile,” a program of art songs by Jewish-German composers.

Performance Date: November 7, 2023

Soprano Dominique Labelle leads “Abbandonata e condotta a morire.” She is joined by Schulich School of Music students for the selections of Baroque cantatas, sonatas, and more.

Performance Date: November 22, 2023

“Songs of Cecilia Livingston is presented by the artists of the COC Ensemble Studio.

Performance Date: December 5, 2023

Soprano Sara Schabas and pianist Isabelle David, both members of Barbara Hannigan’s Equilibrium Young Artists, present “From Vienna to New York City.”

Performance Date: January 9, 2024

“Inspirations of Clara” features soprano Jane Archibald with pianist Liz Upchurch. The program explores the love triangle between Clara and Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms.

Performance Date: February 7, 2024

Mezzo-soprano Simone McIntosh presents “Love & Song.” She joins the Canadian Opera Company in the upcoming production of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” as Zerlina.

Performance Date: February 14, 2024

Canadian Art Song Project’s soprano Jonelle Sills, baritone Jorell Williams, and pianist Steven Philcox present “The Colour of Joy.” The program celebrates new and old work by Black Canadian composers. Repertoire will include songs by R. Nathaniel Dett and the public premiere of “The Colour of Joy” by Maria Thompson Corley, commissioned by Canadian Art Song Project with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

Performance Date: February 28, 2024

Mezzo-soprano Jingjing Xu, the winner of the 2022/2023 Wirth Vocal Prize, and collaborative pianist Christopher Knopp perform a concert of classical favorites.

Performance Date: March 6, 2024

Artists of the Community Partnerships & Programs Department presents “COC March Break: Cendrillon.” Karine White, Annemarie Cabri, and Timothy Cheung lead an interactive workshop inspired by Massenet’s 1899 opera.

Performance Date: March 13, 2024

The COC Ensemble Studio present “An Afternoon at the Italian Opera.”

Performance Date: March 21, 2024

Opera Atelier’s “All Is Love” is a blend of singing, ballet, and orchestral music, staged for the acoustic of Koerner Hall and featuring the artists of the Atelier Ballet.

Performance Date: March 26, 2024

COC’s Ensemble Studio showcases French art song, arias, and melodie in “France in Springtime.” 

Performance Date: March 28, 2024

Both installments of “Les Adieux” are sopranos Charlotte Siegel and Ariane Cossette, and mezzo-sopranos Queen Hezumuryango and Alex Hetherington final concert as COC Ensemble Studio members.

Performance Dates: May 8 & 30, 2024

“Over the Sea and Back Again” is soprano Simone Osborne’s concert of Canadian works including music by COC’s composer-in-residence Cecilia Livingston.

Performance Date: May 15, 2024

The Toronto Consort present “Early Music Exploration,” which explores the relationship of early music and contemporary societal values.

Performance Date: May 21, 2024