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The Canadian Children’s Opera Company Releases LULLABIES – a new multicultural CD

The Canadian Children’s Opera Company (CCOC) is thrilled to announce the release of Lullabies, a 17-track CD of cradle songs in 12 different languages that will be gifted to new parents and their babies at Toronto hospitals and women’s shelters.  Lullabies is the sixth CD released by the CCOC, celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018, including the 2007 Juno-nominated A Midwinter Night’s Dream. The recording was conceived by parting Executive Artistic Director Ann Cooper Gayas a gift to the children and parents of the city and country where she led the organization for fifteen years.

This multicultural recording features 17 beautiful songs revering sleep in 12 different languages, including Zulu, Lakota, Arabic, Mandarin and Greek, reflecting the enormous cultural diversity of Toronto.  The Principal and Youth Choruses perform, joined by chorister and alumni soloists Erin Cooper Gay, Jacoba Barber-Rozema, Iori Lewis, Georgia Perdikoulias, Charmaine Chang, and Julia Sebastien.  Internationally-renowned Egyptian-Canadian singer Maryem Tollar also performs her original song Walad ya Gamil with the children, singing and playing the traditional qanun.   Ann Cooper Gay conducts, with accompanists Gergely Szokolay and Errol Gay, Ken Hall, flute and Sonia Szokolay, violin.  Lullabies will be gifted to new parents and their babies at various Toronto locations including hospitals, women’s shelters and pediatrician’s offices.

To date, the CD has been distributed by the following community partners:

  • SickKids Hospital
  • West Neighbourhood House
  • Jessie’s Place
  • Humewood House
  • Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

To get a copy of the recording, contact the CCOC office:  CDs are $20, but free to new parents.  A $5 shipping and handling charge will apply.  Available while supplies last.


Track Listings

  1. Brezairola (Berceuse) - Auvergnac
  2. Cante Waste - Lakota
  3. Birdsong, from Oratorio Terezin - English
  4. Wiegenlied - German
  5. Humming Chorus from Madama Butterfly
  6. Dormi, dormi - Italian
  7. Schlof Main Kind - Yiddish
  8. All Through the Night - English
  9. Walad Ya Gamil - Arabic & French
  10. Suo Gân - Welsh
  11. Abendsegen from Hänsel und Gretel - German
  12. The Gartan Mother's Lullaby - English
  13. Mò li hua - English & Chinese
  14. Thula Baba - Zulu
  15. Duérmete mi niño - Spanish
  16. Koimisou - Greek
  17. Blessing - English




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