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CCOC Announces New Armenian-Arabic-Canadian Opera 

New Commission from Serouj Kradjian and Marjorie Chan

The Canadian Children's Opera Company (CCOC) proudly announces its latest commission, “The Nightingale of 1000 Songs”, based on a beloved Armenian folk tale, created by composer Serouj Kradjian and Dora award-winning librettist Marjorie Chan.
The Nightingale of 1000 Songs blends cultures and musical styles in a truly unique way, framed to be sung by children, for children, and audiences of all ages. 

The opera follows the journey of Leah and Ari as they emerge from a tragedy in their homeland. The children embark on an adventure to find the Nightingale of 1000 Songs so she can bring back life and joy to their world. Along the way, they remember their lost friends and family, and face many challenges and obstacles.





November 2020

OPERA Kids Online!


Opera Kids Online (OKO) is a newly revised version of the OPERAtion Kids program. This project continues the CCOC’s long-standing community music education program. The new online model was designed to bring the joy, appreciation and understanding of the world of opera to children and youth virtually.

No musical expertise is necessary to participate and enjoy this program. Teachers and students with any level of musical experience are welcome.

Learn More!


The Recording of The Monkiest King Documentary




July 2020

We're Moving!

CCOC is moving to St. Clement's Church
In 2018, First Unitarian notified us that it has been sold for redevelopment. While a final date wasn’t provided, we proactively began a search to determine a suitable location.
We found a wonderful new home at St. Clement's Anglican Church at 70 St. Clement's Avenue in midtown Toronto!
With air-conditioning, a large gathering space for families to wait, fully accessible spaces, paid parking and street parking close by, and with coffee shops in close walking's our opportunity to build a bigger and better CCOC community.
We are looking forward to welcoming you to our new home, once we can do so in a safe and socially-distanced manner!

June 2020

CCOC Earns A 2020 DORA Award Nomination!

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble
We're so excited to announce that we've been nominated for the second year in a row, for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble at the 2020 Dora Awards.  Last year, we were nominated for both The Snow Queen and The Monkiest King, and this year, it was for our PC Chorus' participation in the Canadian Opera Company's Hansel & Gretel.
The awards will be aired on June 29 at 7:30 p.m. on the Dora Awards YouTube Channel.
Congratulations to Teri Dunn and our PC Choristers!

May 2020

The Monkiest King Virtual Album Launch

Friday, June 5 at 7:00 p.m

Together with the Canadian Music Centre, we proudly present the virtual album launch of our newest CD, The Monkiest King.   

In 2018, we premiered this commissioned opera from award-winning composer Alice Ho and librettist Marjorie Chan to celebrate our 50th anniversary. 

Join us on June 5 to celebrate this unique and outstanding opera and share some wonderful music with you.



May 2019

CCOC Earns 3 Dora Award Nominations 

The Canadian Children's Opera Company is proud to announce that our two most recent productions, The Monkiest King (premiered in 2018) and The Snow Queen (2019 cast performance) have been nominated for 3 Dora Mavor Moore Awards. 

Awards will be handed out on June 25.




April 27, 2019

CCOC Gets Ready to Record 7th CD:  The Monkiest King

We're excited to announce that we will record The Monkiest King for Centrediscs in late June with the original 2018 cast.

The Monkiest King was commissioned for CCOC and the world premiere was in May 2018. The award-winning Canadian team of composer Alice Ping Yee Ho, and librettist Marjorie Chan, tell the famous story of the Monkey King in Mandarin and English. Target release date is late 2019. Stay tuned for more details.

With support from:
Canada Council for the Arts | Conseil des Arts du Canada
Ontario Arts Council - Conseil des arts de l'Ontario
Toronto Arts Council
The Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent On Recordings (FACTOR)



April 10, 2019

CCOC Auditions for the 2019/2020 season are now underway.

Find out more and book your audition!



The 2019 Mainstage Production: The Snow Queen

Music by John Greer

Libretto by Jeremy James Taylor

A young girl, Gerda, embarks on a challenging journey to the far north to rescue her friend Kai from the clutches of the Snow Queen. Along the way, she meets a series of magical characters that variously help or hinder her quest.








The CCOC raised over $36K at our first annual Operathon at the Distillery District on November 28th.




Earlier this fall, CCOC chorister, Maddy Ringo-Stauble, performed in the COC's new opera Hadrian, written by Rufus Wainwright and Daniel McIvor.

CBC/Radio-Canada aired a recording of Hadrian on CBC's Saturday Afternoon at the Opera (CBC R2 Opera) on November 24 at 1pm.  Congratulations Maddy.



CCOC Sang the National Anthems at the Blue Jays Game: September 21, 2018



July 17, 2018

2018-19 Season Announced

Our 51st season includes three collaborations, two of which are with the Canadian Opera Company, Pirates of Penzance by our Youth Chorus, a spring production by our Junior Divisions, and a beloved opera returning to our Main Stage in February:  The Snow Queen.      CCOC 2018-19 Season


World Premiere Opera Debuted May 2018



2016-17 Season Announced

Highlights of the season include collaborations with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Canadian Opera Company, a world premiere opera by the junior divisions, and an international tour with Brundibar, a Czech opera most famous for uplifting performances in the Terezin concentration camp during the holocaust.

CCOC 2016-17 Season


Announcing the Toronto Festival of Children’s Opera running from May 31 to June 12, 2016


The Canadian Children’s Opera Company, in partnership with VIVA! Youth Singers of Toronto, Canadian Opera Company, Tapestry New Opera, the Canadian Music Centre, Schmopera, and is proud to present the Toronto Festival of Children’s Opera.

Opera for, by and about young people has exploded as an art form internationally, and some of the very best work is happening right here in Toronto. From May 29 - June 12, 2016, the young and young-at-heart will be amazed by the inspiration and creativity on display, from epic main-stage productions of The Hobbit and The Sword in the Schoolyard, to a lecture by award-winning Tolkien expert and children’s author David Day, to community performances by participants of the Canadian Opera Company’s After School Opera Program, to a special "Youth Night at the Opera" at Tapestry Opera’s The Rocking Horse Winner, and a day-long symposium on children’s opera for opera producers, artists and educators.

For Festival information go to:


Canadian Children’s Opera Company returns to mystical realm of Tolkien’s The Hobbit.

"One children's opera to rule them all."      
Robert Harris, The Globe and Mail

“This is a work children will not only wish to see, but long to be in.”                  
Christopher Hoile, Opera Canada

TORONTO – The Canadian Children’s Opera Company leads audiences of all ages through the wonders of Middle Earth this June with the return to a new staging of their highly acclaimed 2004 production of The Hobbit.   Join Bilbo Baggins and a host of dwarves as they face goblins, wolves and cunning elves in a quest to reclaim their lost gold from the clutches of the dragon, Smaug the Magnificent.

The Hobbit was commissioned by the CCOC in 2000 as one of the first acts of then- Artistic Director Ann Cooper Gay, and premiered by the CCOC in 2004.  The work has since received international attention, having been produced twice at Sarasota Opera and with a new production opening at Tulsa Opera in mid-June 2016.

Of the opera, composer-librettist Dean Burry states “Tolkien’s novel is truly a perfect work for a children’s opera company: epic story, numerous and integral song lyrics, adventure, betrayal, battles and death.  It’s like he was imagining an opera when he wrote it. The depth of the story really allowed me to write a work not just for young people but for all ages. Tolkien fans have a lot to look forward to as well - I believe it is one of the few operas sung partly in Sindarin Elvish!”

The production features over one hundred members of the CCOC choruses joined by a professional chamber ensemble and popular Canadian baritone Giles Tomkins in the roles of Gandalf and Smaug.  Music Director Teri Dunn makes her main-stage conducting debut with the CCOC, while international stage director Allison Grant makes a long-awaited return to the company.  Costumes and sets are by Julia Tribe.

The opera will be presented as the culmination of the newly created Toronto Festival of Children's Opera, which will run May 29 - June 12, 2016.


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