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A Dickens of a Christmas Press Release October 27, 2008

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October 27, 2008     

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Canadian Children’s Opera Company presents
A DICKENS OF A CHRISTMAS
Watch out for the New Generation of Opera Divas and Divos!

The Canadian Children’s Opera Company (CCOC) is presenting A DICKENS OF A CHRISTMAS in a show that is fast becoming a favourite holiday tradition in Toronto. The fully-staged production will include all 200 choristers from the CCOC at Harbourfront Centre's Enwave Theatre, this November. 

A DICKENS OF A CHRISTMAS, based on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, was commissioned in 2005 to provide the CCOC with an opera worthy of an annual holiday presentation. This classic story with a timeless message for all ages is a perfect vehicle for children, youth, and professional opera singers alike. 

“It all came over with a delicious sense of fun, both in the piece itself and in the work of the young performers, who seemed to delight in making music.”
- Wayne Gooding, Opera Canada 

This definitive children’s Christmas opera, composed by Errol Gay with libretto and stage direction by Michael Patrick Albano, will see the return of baritone Mark Pedrotti as Ebenezer Scrooge and tenor Ryan Harper in the dual roles of Marley and Cratchit; both artists created these roles during the world premiere three years ago. The performances will be conducted by the CCOC Artistic Director Ann Cooper Gay, who has led the company since 2000, and who is known in the artistic community for her extraordinary enthusiasm, energy, and consistently high level of artistic achievement. 

The CCOC was founded in 1968 and is the only permanent children’s opera company in North America that regularly develops, commissions, and produces new operas for performance by children. The Principal Chorus performs regularly with the Canadian Opera Company, as well as collaborates with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and other prestigious Toronto arts groups. They have toured in Canada and Europe, been broadcast on CBC Radio 2, and recorded five albums. 

Currently, the CCOC has six Divisions providing appropriate training and performance experience for young people age five to young adult. The Company is committed to fostering in children a lifelong enjoyment of the arts by introducing them to the magic of live opera, both as performers and as members of its audiences.

Canadian Children’s Opera Company presents
A DICKENS OF A CHRISTMAS
SCHOOL PERFORMANCES
Thursday, November 27, 2008 at 10:00am and 1:00pm
Friday, November 28, 2008 at 1:00pm

Full Educational Experience Available 
Call (416) 973-4000 and ask for the school rate.

PUBLIC PERFORMANCES
Friday, November 28, 2008 at 7:30pm
Saturday, November 29, 2008 at 2:00pm & 7:30pm
Sunday, November 30, 2008 at 2:00pm & 7:30pm
Enwave Theatre at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto
Tickets are $35 adult and $15 student/senior

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