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The Canadian Opera Company (COC) is an opera company based in Toronto, Ontariomarker. It is the largest opera company in Canadamarker and the sixth largest in North America. The COC is resident at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Artsmarker. For 40 years until April 2006, the COC had performed at the Hummingbird Centremarker.

Nicholas Goldschmidt and Herman Geiger-Torel founded the organisation in 1950 as the Royal Conservatory Opera Company. Geiger-Torel became the COC's artistic director in 1956 and its general director in 1960. The company was renamed the Canadian Opera Association in 1960, and the Canadian Opera Company in 1977. Geiger-Torel retired from the general directorship in 1976. Lotfi Mansouri was the COC's general director from 1976 to 1988. In 1983, the COC introduced surtitles (supertitles) to their productions, the first company to use them in the opera house. Productions included Joan Sutherland's first production singing Donizetti's Anna Bolena.

Brian Dickie served as the COC's general director from 1988 to 1993. Dickie named Richard Bradshaw the COC's chief conductor and head of music in 1989. Elaine Calder was the COC's general director from 1994 to 1997. In 1998, Bradshaw was named general director. During his tenure, Bradshaw secured funding for the COC's new permanent home at the Four Seasons Centre. The COC's first performances at the Four Seasons Centre were of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen, with designs by Michael Levine and 4 different directors: Michael Levine (Das Rheingold), Atom Egoyan (Die Walküre), François Girard (Siegfried), and Tim Albery (Götterdämmerung). In 2006, Bradshaw's contract as general director was renewed for another 10 years. Bradshaw died of a sudden heart attack on August 15, 2007.

In June 2008, Alexander Neef was named as the COC's next general director, and he formally took up the post in October 2008. In October 2008, Johannes Debus made his debut with COC as a conductor in a production of Prokofiev's War and Peace, where he earned critical acclaim. In January 2009, the COC announced the appointment of Johannes Debus as the company's next music director. He is scheduled to take up the COC music directorship in the 2009-2010 season, with an initial contract of 4 seasons through the 2012-2013 season. Pianist and vocal coach Sandra Horst currently serves as the company's chorus master.


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