Stage Door News
Toronto: Past performances from the COC’s Free Concert Series are now available online
Saturday, April 4, 2020
I want to provide you with an update following last week’s announcement of the cancellation of the rest of the Canadian Opera Company’s 2019/2020 season, including 23 performances in the Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, presented by TD Bank. Like all of you, I was heartbroken by this difficult, but necessary, decision. These are challenging times for everyone and we must all do what we can to support each other. As disappointed as I am to share this news, I take comfort in knowing that every cancellation is an act of compassion. These extreme measures of physical distancing will help to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and ultimately save lives.
Fortunately, we live in an age where we can stay connected, in many creative ways, virtually. You might have already noticed the COC’s new digital initiative, #OperaAtHome, which shares moments from favourite past productions and original performances from resident and visiting artists, filmed safely at home. Over on our Free Concert Series Facebook page, we’ll continue to highlight the artists you were meant to experience live. Just this Tuesday, on International Transgender Day of Visibility, you may have read Breanna Sinclairé’s inspiring story. Stay tuned for more!
I look forward to the time when we can resume our normal routines and come together to share the power of live performance again. When that time comes, the Free Concert Series will play a vital and unique role in reigniting the spirits and morale of our community. I know that the incredible musicians and dancers who grace our stage will continue to inspire us in new ways. They will bring solace for our grief and joy for our relief. Most importantly, they will bring us together after a period where we have been kept physically apart.
Until then, I hope you’ll connect with us online as we all stay safe, stay home and stay healthy.
Free Concert Series
Photo: Philippe Prud’homme. © Karen E. Reeves.