Last year in Opera Canada, I listed Web sites for a number of Canadian opera companies The Canadian Opera Company (COC), located in Toronto, Ontario, is the largest opera company in Canada and the sixth largest in North America.
It was established in 1950 as the Royal Conservatory Opera Company, by Nicholas Goldschmidt and the late Herman Geiger-Torel. . In response, I received an email from Micheline McKay, director of an advocacy group based in Toronto called the Professional Opera Companies of Canada/Compagnies D'Opera Professionnelles du Canada (POCC/COPC).
The POCC POCC Payload Operations Control Center
POCC Project Operations Control Center
POCC Passenger-Operated Climate Control
POCC Program Operations Control Center
POCC Planning Organization Command Control was founded in order to advance, as the organization puts it, "the interests of the country's 17 opera and new music-theatre companies." (This number will increase to 18, as l'Opera de Quebec is expected to join in the near future.) The POCC "works in collaboration with OPERA America Opera America, officially OPERA America, is a service organization in North America promoting the creation, presentation, and enjoyment of opera. Its members include opera companies in America, such as the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, The Lyric Opera of Chicago, , a growing international service organization for opera that includes members from the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. , Canada and Europe, as well as Australia, Chile, New Zealand New Zealand (zē`lənd), island country (2005 est. pop. 4,035,000), 104,454 sq mi (270,534 sq km), in the S Pacific Ocean, over 1,000 mi (1,600 km) SE of Australia. The capital is Wellington; the largest city and leading port is Auckland. and Japan." Although the POCC was officially incorporated only in August 2000, explains POCC chair Claire Hopkinson, it has functioned as a working group for over six or seven years. As for the Website (www.opera.ca), McKay says it was designed "as a onestop shop to what's happening in opera companies across Canada Across Canada was an afternoon program that formerly aired on The Weather Network. The segment ran from early 1999 until mid 2002. The show ran from 3:00PM ET until 7:00 PM ET. ." The site is divided into five sections (member-company listings; facts about the POCC/COPC; what's new and upcoming; resources from OPERA America; and an audience development report). It is somewhat bareboned at the moment, but there are plans to u pgrade by the end of the year. And one of the benefits of the site is that it provides quick access to all major Canadian opera companies, as well as to OPERA America's powerful--and invaluable--performance schedule and search engine (www.operaam.org).