Media Release - 25th Apr, 2016
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For Immediate Release

25th Apr, 2016

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:


Sunday, May 29, 2016, 4PM
Exploring the fantasy worlds of King Arthur and Tolkien’s The Hobbit: A Lecture and Discussion by David Day (author of A Tolkien Bestiary)
Daniels Spectrum Theatre,
585 Dundas Street East, Toronto ON
The event is free and suitable for all ages. For more information contact
Tuesday, May 31, 2016, 7PM
Tuesday, May 31, 2016, 7PM
Join Canadian Music Centre Associate Composer James Rolfe for a roundtable discussion exploring contemporary composition and children’s opera.
Canadian Music Centre,
20 St Joseph St, Toronto, ON
The event is free.  For more information contact Michael Fava, Ontario Regional Director, Canadian Music Centre, at
To register go to - sections_a0F1a000004CS3qEAG
Thursday, June 2, 2016, 7PM
Tapestry Opera
Berkeley Street Theatre (Downstairs),
26 Berkeley St, Toronto, ON
A modern adaptation of the D.H. Lawrence short story, Rocking Horse Winner by composer Gareth Williams and librettist Anna Chatterton.
Tickets: 19/under $15, 20/over $30 (Festival pricing – use code FESTIVAL)
Suitable for ages 13 and up.
For more information visit:–-rocking-horse-winner
June 2-9, 2016 5PM
Presented by the Canadian Opera Company's After School Opera Program
The COC’s 10-week arts education program for children ages 7 to 12 concludes with celebratory performances for the community!
June 1, 2016 – Pleasantview Community Centre, 545 Van Horne Ave. (Victoria Park and Finch)
June 6, 2016 – Ourland Community Centre, 18 Ourland Ave. (Islington and Evans)
June 7, 2016 – Barbara Frum Recreation Centre, 20 Covington Rd. (Lawrence and Bathurst)
June 8, 2016 – West Neighbourhood House, 248 Ossington Ave. (Dundas and Ossington)
June 9, 2016 – St. Lawrence Community Recreation Centre, 230 The Esplanade (at Berkeley)
The final performances take place at 5:15 p.m.
The final performances are free and are suitable for all ages.
For more information, visit
June 3-5, 2016
THE SWORD IN THE SCHOOLYARD by Dean Burry (World Premiere)
VIVA! Youth Singers of Toronto
Daniels Spectrum Theatre.
585 Dundas Street East, Toronto ON
Friday, June 3, 1:30 PM (Matinee performance for schools))
Friday, June 3, 7PM
Saturday, June 4, 7PM
Sunday, June 5, 2:30PM
The legend of King Arthur is vividly thrust into the modern world in VIVA! Youth Singer’s of Toronto’s World Premiere production of The Sword in the Schoolyard.  
Tickets: $20 Adults; $15 Seniors/Students
Suitable for all ages
For more information and to purchase tickets visit
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Hosted by Canadian Opera Company
Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts
145 Queens St. West, Toronto ON
Producers, practitioners, educators, and artists are invited to join a conversation on children’s opera. Talks will explore best practices and approaches in developing operatic works for children or by children. Participants will learn about how opera and theatre for kids is currently being developed and play a role in imagining the future of the field.
The event is free.
For more information contact Katherine Semcesen, Associate Director of Education and Outreach, Canadian Opera Company,
June 9-12, 2016
THE HOBBIT by Dean Burry
Based on the book by J.R.R. Tolkien
Canadian Children’s Opera Company
Harbourfront Centre Theatre,
235 Queens Quay West, Toronto ON
Join Bilbo on his adventure with Gandalf (Canadian bass-baritone Giles Tomkins) and his dwarvish friends as they seek to outwit elves, goblins, wolves, and spiders alike in their quest to restore the Dwarf king Thorin Oakenshield to his throne.  Originally premiered by the CCOC in 2004, The Hobbit has gone on to several international productions.  
Suitable for all ages

Director and Choreographer: Allison Grant
Set & Costume Design: Julia Tribe
Music Direction: Teri Dunn

Matinee performances for schools:
Thursday, June 9, 10AM 
Thursday, June 9, 1PM  Friday, June 10, 10PM  
For more information on ticket prices and how to book contact
Public Performances:
Friday, June 10, 7:30PM
Saturday, June 11, 2PM
Saturday, June 11, 7:30PM
Sunday, June 12, 2PM
Tickets: $33 Adult; $24 Senior; $19 Student/Child
For more information or to purchase tickets call the Harbourfront Centre Box Office: 416-973-4000 or visit

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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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