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COC Artists Confirmed For Altamira Summer Arts Concerts


Toronto, Ontario – The Canadian Opera Company is pleased to announce the guest soloists expected to appear at the Altamira Summer Arts opera concerts taking place on Tuesday, August 30, Wednesday, August 31 and Thursday, September 1 at 8 p.m. at Harbourfront Centre’s CIBC Stage (235 Queens Quay West).  The COC will perform a selection of arias and overtures conducted by COC General Director Richard Bradshaw who leads the internationally-acclaimed COC Orchestra.  The concerts are FREE with unreserved general seating.  A $5 donation is suggested with proceeds supporting the Regent Park School of Music. 


Special guest stars confirmed to date include audience favourite, bass-baritone Pavlo Hunka, returning for his third consecutive season at the COC this fall in the title role in Macbeth.  Additional members of Macbeth’s cast include Hungarian soprano Georgina Lukács, making her Canadian debut at the concerts before performing on the mainstage as Lady Macbeth; bass Burak Bilgili, who sings the role of Banquo and has wowed audiences at two previous summer concerts; and popular Canadian tenor, COC Ensemble Studio graduate Roger Honeywell, who is Macduff. 


Audiences can also expect to hear Russian soprano Larissa Kostiuk and Romanian tenor Atilla B. Kiss, who sing the roles of Carmen and Don José in the COC’s fall production Carmen.  Other artists from Carmen include rising young star, Spanish soprano Ana Ibarra, who sings Micaëla, and Brazilian baritone Paulo Szot, who performs the role of Escamillo.  Both Ibarra and Szot will make their Canadian debuts at the concerts.

As previously announced, members of the COC Ensemble Studio performing this year include sopranos Michèle Bogdanowicz, Virginia Hatfield, Joni Henson, Miriam Khalil, Jessica Muirhead and Yannick-Muriel Noah, mezzo-sopranos Melinda Delorme and Lauren Segal, tenors Victor Micallef and Lawrence J. Wiliford, and baritones Peter Barrett and Justin Welsh. 


A highly anticipated annual event, these concerts attract approximately 10,000 people to Harbourfront each year, filling seats hours before the performances begin.  The concerts are part of Altamira Summer Arts which include performances by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and The National Ballet of Canada.  Now in its 11th straight year, the summer opera concerts have raised more than $270,000 for various children’s charities.  In appreciation of donations of $10 or more, people will receive Operafare 7, a CD of opera excerpts chosen by the COC from the Universal Classics catalogue highlighting the forthcoming 2005/06 season. 

Altamira Summer Arts presents

the Canadian Opera Company

Tuesday, August 30, Wednesday, August 31 and Thursday, September 1 at 8 p.m.

Harbourfront Centre’s CIBC Stage (235 Queens Quay West)

Admission is FREE (suggested donation of $5) with unreserved general seating

All proceeds support the Regent Park School of Music


Richard Bradshaw and the COC Orchestra with

special guests Pavlo Hunka, Georgina Lukács, Burak Bilgili, Roger Honeywell,

Larissa Kostiuk, Attila B. Kiss, Ana Ibarra, Paulo Szot,

Melinda Delorme, Lauren Segal, Michèle Bogdanowicz,

Virginia Hatfield, Joni Henson, Miriam Khalil, Jessica Muirhead,

Yannick-Muriel Noah, Victor Micallef, Lawrence J. Wiliford,

Peter Barrett and Justin Welsh


Visit or call 416-363-6671 for more information.




Altamira Investment Services is a leading investment services company, offering a wide range of mutual funds, savings products, managed portfolios and financial planning services. Award-winning client service, product innovation and expert advice define Altamira’s distinctive approach to investment management. The company is headquartered in Toronto with offices across the country, and is a subsidiary of the National Bank of



The Regent Park School of Music is a community music school providing a safe and secure environment where young people in Toronto’s Regent Park neighbourhood can have access to a high quality, affordable after-school music program including music lessons, instruments, performance opportunities and exposure to diverse musical experiences.



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Jennifer Pugsley, Publicist, tel: 416-306-2369, e-mail:


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