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Toronto: The Canadian Opera Company announces its free concert series for May

Sunday, April 30, 2023

The Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, Presented by TD Bank Group, is a unique opportunity to experience diverse artistic programming in what has become one of Toronto’s most exciting cultural hubs. Four inspiring series offer concerts, dance performances, and engaging presentations that feature up-and-coming young artists as well as established international stars. All performances are FREE to the public.


Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

145 Queen St. W. (at University Avenue)

 • May 3, 2023

12 - 1 p.m.

Vocal Series

In All Seriousness

Turkish bass Önay Köse (Banquo in the COC's spring production of Macbeth by Giuseppe Verdi) highlights his emotional range through a series of works by Brahms, Ibert, and Wolf.

 • May 4, 2023

12 - 1 p.m.

Dance Series

House, Hip hop, and Jazz with Miha Matevzic and Friends

In a performance featuring Miha Matevzic, Raoul Wilke, and Sarah Tumaliuan, DanceWorks Education highlights the connections between vernacular jazz, hip hop, and house dance.

 • May 9, 2023

12 - 1 p.m.

Instrumental Series

2023 Festival Preview

Toronto Summer Music Festival Artistic Director Jonathan Crow presents a sneak preview of this summer’s festival, bringing music lovers to enjoy and deepen their knowledge of classical music with international artists and emerging professional musicians.

 • May 16, 2023

12 - 1 p.m.

Voice Series

Life of a Baritone

While visiting Toronto as part of the COC’s spring production of Tosca, Roland Wood demonstrates the professional life-cycle of a baritone. In an educational recital illustrating the various stages of an opera singer’s vocal development, Wood showcases his range and experience.

 • May 17, 2023

12 -1 p.m.

Instrumental Series

Chopin and Variations

In a program demonstrating the profound influence of Chopin on 20th-century piano masters, rising pianist Ishay Shaer presents a selection of Chopin’s preludes from Opus 28, followed by works from Rachmaninoff and Scriabin, directly inspired by Chopin.

 • May 30, 2023

12 - 1 p.m.

Voice Series

Les Adieux

COC Ensemble Studio artists Jonah Spungin and Vladimir Soloviev bid farewell to the Ensemble Studio with a graduating recital of art song that showcases the full extent of their musical and dramatic range.

 • June 1, 2023

12 - 1 p.m.

Voice Series

Prayers, Hopes, and Letters

COC Ensemble Studio sopranos Charlotte Siegel and Ariane Cossette present a program of arias and duets, centered around works from Verdi’s Otello, and Gounoud’s Roméo et Juliette.


Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre

Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

145 Queen St. W. (at University Avenue)

The COC’s Showcase Series: Asian Heritage Month highlights and shares the beauty of music, cultural identity, language, and supports an understanding of the diverse identities and experiences within the vast array of Asian communities. The month-long series takes place in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre from 12 -1 p.m. All events are FREE but will require a ticket. Additional resources will be made available following certain sessions.

 • May 1, 2023

12 - 1 p.m.

Haneum, One Sound

Haneum, a Korean fusion band, embark on a musical journey that weaves traditional Korean melodies with western instruments. Each musician's unique sound reflects their personal journey to the group, as they share their stories. The performance culminates in an ensemble that illustrates five different elements uniting as one, bridging the gap between traditional and modern eras.

 • May 11, 2023

12 - 1 p.m.

Off-Spring Live

Iran is a land rich with many ethnicities and styles of folk music. A sample of powerful and dramatic Azeri tunes, strong and everlasting Kurdish melodies, mesmerizing music of the North, and rich songs of the South offers a taste in songs that have been around for centuries. Some original pieces that are deeply rooted in these old tunes but have been reshaped by our individual journeys, interpretations, and music style. May our music be a homage to our fight for “Women, Life, Freedom.”

 • May 18, 2023

12 - 1 p.m.

Waves of Nostalgia

Babεl Ensemble presents choral music from Asia and the Asian diaspora. Like the many languages of this continent, its choral music is rich, colourful, and beautiful and echoes different eras and locations of a distant land. We invite our audience to journey with us as we explore the tapestry of choral music from Asia.

 • May 31, 2023

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Songs of our History

Parsi-Canadian Meher Pavri, Iranian/South Indian-Canadian Tahirih Vejdani and South Indian-Canadian Suba Sankaran, and Dylan Bell join musical forces to honour South Asian history and culture through the sharing of personal stories and songs relevant to their artistic lives in Canada. The performance spans centuries and styles of music including Bollywood, musical theatre, pop, opera, and original works.