Dimitri Pittas and Grazia Doronzio in the COC's October 2013 production of 'La Boheme'
John Relyea and Ekaterina Gubanovain the COC's May 2015 Production of 'Bluebeard





Anita Rachvelishvili: 'Carmen' in the "First Cast"
Clémentine Margaine:'Carmen' in the "Second Cast"



Press Release: COC Premiere's Operatic Rarity, Rossini's 'Maometto II

March 7, 2016

Rossini’s comic operas – The Barber of Seville, Cinderella and The Italian Girl in Algiers – have long delighted audiences while many of his more serious operatic efforts faded from the repertoire.Maometto II, a serious work, disappeared in its original 1820 Naples form until receiving a triumphant return in David Alden’s production for Santa Fe Opera in 2012, now produced by the COC.

Press Release:A Seductive Spring with Bizet's 'Carmen'

March 7, 2016

Carmen is a highly charged melodrama about an irresistible gypsy, Carmen, and her seduction of a young soldier. At the time of the operaÕs premiere in Paris in 1875, it was condemned in the press as too immoral to be staged: Carmen marked the first time in opera that a female character could flout morality and still remain the heroine of the work. It is now consistently ranked as one of the most produced operas in the world.

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