The After School Opera Program (ASOP) is a core outreach initiative of the Canadian Opera Company’s education and outreach activities. ASOP is an exciting community arts program that involves children between the ages of 7 and 12 in the creation and presentation of opera! Under the guidance of award-winning Canadian composer Dean Burry, choreographer, director, and conductor, Markus Howard, and other guest artists, participants learn all about the different elements that make up opera – music, drama, theatre and design – during the 10-week session. Along the way, they create and rehearse their own mini-production, and perform it before an audience of friends and family at the end of the program. Currently the program runs out of five community centres in Toronto, Etobicoke, North York, and in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough.
ASOP celebrates its 15th anniversary this year with a special celebration in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre on June 13, 2013. Each week until then we’ll take special look back to some of the participants, artists, program partners, and volunteers who have made the program such a huge success over the years!
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After several weeks of hustle and bustle, we have wrapped up the Summer Opera Camp program. Let’s take a look at the operas our extraordinary talented campers performed for us this summer, and learn why the participants left saying “I love opera!”
Some campers exhibited some serious conducting potential while leading the Kid Orchestra.
Our older campers produced a kids' version of Die Fledermaus and dressed as their favourite characters. The children had a blast putting together the "party of the year" for their family and friends.
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After only four days together, the Summer Youth Intensive participants are putting the final touches on their original opera entitled Cyber: The Techno Opera. The participants chose to focus their story on the issue of bullying and technology’s impact on bullying over time. The premiere performance will take place on Friday, July 13, at the Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Opera Centre.
Take a look at Jennifer Lin’s latest SYI Video Blog for a peek into Thursday’s rehearsal process, and be sure to check back next week for a recap of Friday’s showcase.
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Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001