Tourist Attraction in Toronto: Canadian Opera Company
The Canadian Opera Company, is an opera company from Toronto, Canada. It is the largest opera company in Canada and the third largest producer in North America. The Canadian Opera Company performs in its theater, the Four Seasons Center for the Performing Arts. For 40 years until April 2006, the Canadian Opera Company had performed at the O'Keefe Center (renamed the Hummingbird and then Sony). Nicholas Goldschmidt and Herman Geiger-Torel founded the organization in 1950 as the Royal Conservatory Opera Company. Geiger-Torel became the artistic director of the COC in 1956 and its general director in 1960. The company was renamed the Canadian Opera Association in 1960, in 1977, Geiger-Torel retired from the general management in 1976. Lotfi Mansouri was general manager of the Canadian Opera Company from 1976 to 1988. In 1983 the COC introduced subtitles (surtitles) for their productions, the first company to use them in an opera house. The productions included the first performance of Donizetti's Anna Bolena with Joan Sutherland. In 2006, the Canadian Opera Company opened its new opera house, The Four Seasons Center for the Performing Arts, with a completely new production of Wagner's The Nibelung's Ring. Michael Levine was the designer and there were four directors: Michael Levine (The Gold of the Rhine), Atom Egoyan (La Valchiria), François Girard (Siegfried), and Tim Albery (The Twilight of the Gods). In 2006 Bradshaw's contract as general manager was renewed for another 10 years. Bradshaw suddenly died of a heart attack on August 15, 2007.