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The Canadian Opera Company (COC), located in Toronto, Ontario, is the largest opera company in Canada and the sixth largest in North America. Template:Hide = Motto: Template:Unhide = Diversity Our Strength Image:Toronto, Ontario Location. ... World map showing North America A satellite composite image of North America. ...

It was established in 1950 as the Royal Conservatory Opera Company, by Nicholas Goldschmidt and the late Herman Geiger-Torel. Lotfi Mansouri was the COC's director for 12 years. It was during this time that the COC introduced surtitles (supertitles), which are English translations (English and French in Ottawa; French in Montréal and Québec City) of foreign libretti projected above the stage during performances. This soon caught on with many opera companies around the world. Theatre companies have started using this feature to show foreign plays in their original languages. Nicholas Goldschmidt (December 6, 1908 - February 8, 2004) was a Canadian conductor, administrator, teacher, performer, music festival entrepreneur and artistic director. ... Herman Geiger-Torel (July 13, 1907 – October 6, 1976) was a Canadian opera director. ... Lotfi Mansouri (born Iran, 1929) was the general director of the San Francisco Opera from 1988 through 2001. ... Supertitles or surtitles are commonly used in opera or other musical performances. ... A proscenium arch is a square frame around a raised stage area in traditional theatres. ...

The COC's current general director is Richard Bradshaw.

Arguably, the COC's greatest triumph was its many performances featuring Dame Joan Sutherland. Joan Sutherland as Haydns Euridice, Vienna 1967 Dame Joan Sutherland OM, AC, DBE (born November 7, 1926) is an Australian opera singer noted for her contribution to the bel canto revival of the 1950s and 1960s. ...

The COC makes its home in the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, designed by Diamond and Schmitt Architects. The COC's new home opened with a run of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen. On April 15th, 2006, the COC had made its final performance at the Hummingbird Centre with Bellini's Norma, ending a 40 year partnership between the company and the performance centre. The Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts is the future home for both the Canadian Opera Company and the National Ballet of Canada. ... Diamond and Schmitt Architects Incorporated is located in Toronto, Ontario and was founded in 1975. ... This article is about the series of operas; for the film, see Dark Kingdom: The Dragon King. ... The Hummingbird Centre The Hummingbird Centre is a major performing arts venue in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... Bellini can mean: A family of Italian painters, the most famous of which is Giovanni Bellini (c. ... Norma is an opera in two acts by Vincenzo Bellini with libretto by Felice Romani. ...

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Canadian Opera Company - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (154 words)
The Canadian Opera Company is the largest opera company in Canada and is located in Toronto, Ontario.
It was established in 1950 as the Royal Conservatory Opera Company, by Nicholas Goldschmidt and the late Herman Geiger-Torel.
The COC's performance season is presented at the Hummingbird Centre in Toronto.
Canadian Opera Company (372 words)
The COC emerged as a direct result of the establishment in 1946 of the Royal Conservatory Opera School (University of Toronto Opera Division) under Arnold Walter, with Nicholas Goldschmidt as music director and conductor, and with Felix Brentano as stage director, succeeded by Herman Geiger-Torel in 1948.
In November 1950 the Opera Festival Association was incorporated to sponsor the annual presentations of the company and, by assuming all administrative and financial responsibility for the productions, to absolve the Royal Conservatory of Music of direct costs while providing an opportunity for the school's students and staff to exercise their talents.
Ettore Mazzoleni, director of the Opera School 1952-66, was artistic director 1953-4, managing director 1954-5, and general director 1955-6 of the Festival; in 1956 the last official links with the school were broken.
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