Magazine article Opera Canada

Canadian Children's Opera Company

Magazine article Opera Canada

Canadian Children's Opera Company

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For the third time in the past decade, the Canadian Children's Opera Company ventured to Europe this summer, with 54 young artists aged between nine and 17 winning friends and great reviews on a tour focusing on Austria and northern Italy and including stops in Salzburg, Graz, Vienna, Munich, Venice and Verona. Musically; Vienna was the highlight, when the choir placed second in the 5th annual Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival in the treble choir category ("with excellent success," according to the festival's citation). That landed the young choristers an invitation to sing as one of seven choirs in the final celebration at Vienna's famed Musikverein, regarded as one of the world's finest concert halls. "The competition involved 20 minutes of singing," says CCOC Artistic Director Ann Cooper Gay. "It included Kodalys challenging a cappella 'Ave Maria' and 'O du lieber Augustin,' which we staged while everyone else just sang it. The kids were very well received. They showed they could sing and act."

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In fact, Canadian groups did very well at this year's festival, which embraces instrumental and band ensembles as well as choirs. Facing entrants from across Europe and as far away as Australia and China, seven Canadian ensembles competed and four were on the lineup for the winners' concert besides the CCOC. The Victoria Children's Choir placed first in the treble category the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra placed first in the symphony orchestra category and the Pembina Trails Voices--Men were first among male choirs. The Pembina Trails Voices--Cantemus were co-second-place winners in the treble category with the CCOC. Following the winners' gala, at which the CCOC sang the Servant's Chorus from Donizetti's Don. Pasquale, about 1,000 competitors and escorts let loose in a grand closing dance party

TheVienna competition was just one element in the CCOC's performance roster through the two-week tour. …

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