The COC Ensemble Studio School Tour brings a one-act opera to your school! For over 30 years, the Ensemble Studio School Tour has inspired and delighted students all across Ontario. With operas adapted or created specifically for young audiences, the Ensemble Studio performs in full costume with sets, props and piano accompaniment. The operas are performed in English and an informal question-and-answer period with the cast immediately follows each performance.

Dates: November 10 to December 4, 2016 

Location: School auditoriums, community centres and community theatres
Audience Size/Grades: Up to 300 students
Fee: $775 + HST
Booking: Contact Prologue to the Performing Arts at 416-591-9092 or visit
Additional Information: If your school does not have access to a tuned acoustic piano or an electronic piano, please inform Prologue at time of booking and the COC will bring one along! 

“It was nice they didn’t have to go too far to take part in the theatre experience – our gym transformed into a theatre with very talented singers/actors & musicians.” – Candace Lombard, Holy Name Catholic School

NEW! SECOND NATURE (Matthew Aucoin), Grades 4 – 8

Second Nature combines science, social studies, music, drama, visual arts, and nature in a compelling opera written specifically with young people in mind.

Set in a fictional future when humans have retreated from nature because of the deteriorating environment, Second Nature tells the story of two inquisitive and courageous teens who decide to leave the safety of their artificial habitat and work to heal the planet.

Second Nature is an original work by award-winning composer, pianist, poet, and conductor Matthew Aucoin. The opera offers an exciting and creative entry point for discussions on the importance of nature and our role in preserving our planet for future generations.

Click here to download the Second Nature Study Guide.




On Sunday, November 27, 2016, the Canadian Opera Company will present a special public performance of Second Nature at 1:30 p.m. at the Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Opera Centre. Tickets will go on sale on August 22. Click here for more information.


Photos: COC Ensemble Studio member, tenor, Michael Barrett in a COC school tour production, 2010. Photo: Michael Cooper


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