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Fall is here and the first opera season of the new millennium is well under way across Canada. The major Canadian companies (addresses listed on the right) all have their own Web sites. While the quality of these sites tends to vary greatly, I particularly enjoyed the Vancouver Opera site for the compactness and logic of its design and for the richness of its content. It is less glitzy and extensive than those maintained by the larger, big-budget companies, but to my mind it is one of the best organized, most user-friendly and concise sites posted by a Canadian opera company. In addition to complete cast lists for each production and act-by-act synopses, you will also find a history of the company, a description of a variety of VO community events, a section devoted to FAQs (frequently asked questions) and so on. There is a contest in which you can win free tickets (in exchange for answering a company survey), and a lottery in which you might win a brand-new Harley Davidson motorcycle. The Vancouver site has even instituted an opera dating or introduction service called Two for the Show. You can also order tickets online.

A few other sites--Pacific Opera Victoria's, for example--have been a bit slow getting even basic information online in advance of the 2000/2001 season. Opera Ontario is currently working on its site, and the audio-visual introduction currently online looks promising indeed. And bravo to Calgary Opera for including a section on opera etiquette, something that should be included on all sites. And kudos to Edmonton Opera for hiring a publicist who, while perhaps having read a few too many Mickey Spillane/Mike Hammer books, has injected a certain good-humored irreverence into the site: "Carmen," we are warned, "will scratch your eyes out, rip your clothes off and shatter your heart, all before breaking for her morning smoke. She can transform a love-sick puppy into a deranged stalker quicker than you can say, `Toreador.' Whether it's on a sun-baked square, a cool mountain pass or a dusty bullring, somebody's going to get gored." Well, if it helps to fill the house, why not?

Remember, if you have a favorite site dealing with the world of opera that you would like to share with our readers, you can contact me directly at Taubenpost@ sympatico.ca.

Source list

CALGARY OPERA

www.calgaryopera.com

CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY

www.coc.ca

EDMONTON OPERA

www.edmontonopera.com

L'OPERA DE MONTREAL

www.manitobaopera.mb.ca

L'OPERA DE QUEBEC

www.operadequebec.qc.ca

OPERA LYRA OTTAWA

www.operalyra.ca

OPERA ONTARIO (OPERA HAMILTON and OPERA KITCHENER-WATERLOO)

www.opera-ont.on.ca

PACIFIC OPERA VICTORIA

www.pov.bc.ca

VANCOUVER OPERA

www.vanopera.bc.ca
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