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Toronto: The Canadian Opera Company introduces a new digital content hub

Friday, May 1, 2020

As people around the world continue to find their lives, their routines, and their usual comforts disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadian Opera Company is making it easier than ever to access the uplifting power of music through its newly created Digital Content Hub at

The online portal will host all of the COC’s upcoming webinars, online tutorials, and interactive programs for adults and young people, as well as registration details. It will also house the company’s entire #OperaAtHomeseries, a digital initiative consisting of performance clips, published daily, that concludes today.

“When our theatres first closed due to the virus, we realized there was suddenly a significant artistic void that people were grappling with,” says COC General Director Alexander Neef. “So many of us are used to connecting through music, whether that’s seeing an opera, attending a concert, or playing instruments ourselves, together with friends. We created #OperaAtHome to bring some joy to daily life and also as a reminder that, despite our physical distance, music unites us.”

“The COC’s Digital Content Hub is a natural next step in staying connected to our audiences,” adds Neef. “As we adjust to new routines and look forward to better times ahead and an eventual return to the stage, we wanted to dive into the educational side of digital programming. We have seen many people embrace this moment in time as an opportunity for learning; we see this platform as offering new ways for arts-lovers of all ages and backgrounds to familiarize and deepen their understanding and enjoyment of opera.”

Visit the COC’s Digital Content Hub for more at