Canadian Opera Company Dominates Toronto's Dora Awards

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The Canadian Opera Company has received 16 nominations for Toronto's Dora Mavor Moore Awards, including five of the six nominations for outstanding opera production.

The awards, which honor theater, dance, and opera, will be presented on June 26 at the Winter Garden Theatre. The nominations were announced yesterday at the offices of BMO Financial.

The COC was nominated in the outstanding-production category for its productions of Wagner's G‹tterd‹mmerung, Verdi's Macbeth, Bellini's Norma, Handel's Rodelinda, and Berg's Wozzeck; the other nomination went to Opera Atelier for Monteverdi's Orfeo. Each of those six productions also received a nomination for outstanding performance; the nominations went to Colin Ainsworth for Orfeo, Danielle de Niese for Rodelinda, Georgina Lukšcs for Macbeth, June Anderson for Norma, Mats Almgren for G‹tterd‹mmerung, and Pavlo Hunka for Wozzeck.

The only COC production of the 2005-06 season not to receive any nominations was Mark Lamos's fall 2005 staging of Bizet's Carmen.

For the first time, opera productions are vying with plays and musicals in such categories as set design, lighting, costumes, sound, and musical direction; the COC received nominations for the sets for Wozzeck and Rodelinda, lighting for Wozzeck and G‹tterd‹mmerung, and musical direction for Wozzeck and G‹tterd‹mmerung. The company is up against the hit musical version of The Lord of the Rings in all three categories.

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