Media Release - 22nd Jan, 2016
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22nd Jan, 2016

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 June 3 - 12, 2016.
Bilbo finds the ring.  From the 2004 CCOC Production.  Photo by Michael Cooper.
Canadian Children's Opera Company
The Hobbit

Harbourfront Centre Theatre
231 Queens Quay W

School Previews: June 9 & 10 at 10am, June 9 at 1pm
Performances:  June 10 & 11 at 7pm; June 11 & 12 at 2pm
~60 minutes with no intermission

Tickets to public performance on sale in April through the Harbourfront Centre Box Office. 
$35 adult; $20 senior; $15 student

School groups call 416-366-0467 to pre-book.

Recommended for Grade 1 and up

About the Canadian Children’s Opera Company

Currently in its 48th season, the CCOC consists of six choruses for ages 3 to 19 and is the only permanent children’s opera company in Canada. Led by newly appointed Artistic Director Dean Burry, Managing Director Ken Hall, and Music Director Teri Dunn, the company engages young people in the vibrant world of opera by offering intensive musical and dramatic training and numerous professional performing experiences. In addition to their own concerts and opera productions, members regularly perform with the Canadian Opera Company and other major professional organizations, record, and tour nationally and internationally. 

For more information please contact:
Ken Hall
Managing Director
The play The Hobbit being presented in this production was adapted by Dean Burry from the book entitled The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkein under a license from Middle-earth Enterprises, a division of The Saul Zaentz Company, Berkeley, CA, USA, and is copyrighted ©2004, The Saul Zaentz Company.  The book is also under copyright.  The play is being presented by permission and under license from Middle-earth Enterprises.  All rights are reserved.  No part of the play may be performed, photographed, recorded or reproduced in any form except with the consent of Middle-earth Enterprises.
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