Youth Opera Lab

Youth Opera Labs (YOL) are FREE events for teens and young adults ages 16 to 24 that happen five times in the opera season and include:

- an interactive workshop;
- a Q&A with an opera professional; 
- an exclusive glimpse of the first rehearsal of cast, crew and orchestra
- a pair of free tickets to attend the BMO Financial Group Student Dress Rehearsal of the opera

No previous experience with opera is necessary. Participants are selected based on the interest and relevance demonstrated in their online application. Light refreshments are provided.

SETS & PROPS IN ACTING – September 20, 2014

 
FALSTAFF
Giuseppe Verdi

THE LAB

- ACTING WITH PROPS workshop with director, writer, and actor Liza Balkan
- BACKSTAGE TOUR and Q&A with COC Associate Technical Director Barney Bayliss
- Falstaff working rehearsal

Saturday, September 20, 2014
5 to 9:30 p.m.  

THE DRESS REHEARSAL

Participation in the lab earns you two FREE tickets to the dress rehearsal of Falstaff.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
7:30 p.m.

Registration for the SETS & PROPS IN ACTING Youth Opera Lab is now closed. Check out other Youth Opera Labs below.

DIRECTING & PRODUCING – December 7, 2014

We are pleased to announce a special new partnership with Against the Grain Theatre for the DIRECTING & PRODUCING Lab. Against the Grain (AtG) is a cutting-edge Canadian theatre collective dedicated to presenting classical and contemporary musical repertoire in innovative ways and unconventional spaces. Comprising Joel Ivany, Christopher Mokrzewski, Caitlin Coull, Miriam Khalil, Cecily Carver and Allison Bent at its core, the wider but tightly-knit AtG community includes musicians, actors, dancers, visual artists, photographers and arts professionals. 

#UncleJohn
Inspired by Mozart's Don Giovanni
New English libretto by Joel Ivany

THE LAB

- DIRECTING & PRODUCING with AtG founder and artistic director Joel Ivany
- #UncleJohn working rehearsal

Sunday, December 7, 2014
5 to 9:30 p.m.  

THE FINAL RUN-THROUGH

Participation in the lab earns you two FREE tickets to the final run-through of #UncleJohn.
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
7:30 p.m.

Registration for the DIRECTING & PRODUCING Youth Opera Lab opens Monday, November 3, 2014 at 10 a.m.

THE SCORE & THE ORCHESTRA – January 20, 2015

DIE WALKÜRE
Richard Wagner

THE LAB

- ORCHESTRA PIT TOUR with COC Orchestra Concertmaster Marie Bérard
- SCORE STUDY 
workshop with COC Music Director Johannes Debus
- Die Walküre working rehearsal

Tuesday, January 20, 2014
5 to 9:30 p.m.  

THE DRESS REHEARSAL

Participation in the lab earns you two FREE tickets to the dress rehearsal of Die Walküre.
Wednesday, January 28, 2014
7 p.m. (note earlier start time)

Registration for THE SCORE & THE ORCHESTRA Youth Opera Lab opens Monday, December 1, 2014 at 10 a.m. Check back in early November for more details about this Lab.

VOCAL HEALTH & DICTION – April 11, 2015

THE BARBER OF SEVILLE
Gioachino Rossini

THE LAB

- VOCAL HEALTH Q&A with a COC Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialist
- ITALIAN DICTION workshop
- The Barber of Seville working rehearsal

Saturday, April 11, 2015
12 to 4:30 p.m.  

THE DRESS REHEARSAL

Participation in the lab earns you two FREE tickets to the dress rehearsal of The Barber of Seville.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
7:30 p.m.

Registration for the VOCAL HEALTH & DICTION Youth Opera Lab opens Monday, March 16, 2015 at 10 a.m. Check back in February for more details about this Lab.

MEDIA EFFECTS & STAGE DESIGN – April 28, 2015

BLUEBEARD'S CASTLE
Béla Bartók

ERWARTUNG
Arnold Schoenberg

THE LAB

- STAGE DESIGN workshop
- MEDIA EFFECTS Q&A with Media Effects Designer Laurie-Shawn Borzovoy
- Bluebeard's Castle/Erwartung working rehearsal

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
5 to 9:30 p.m.

THE DRESS REHEARSAL

Participation in the lab earns you two FREE tickets to the dress rehearsal of Bluebeard's Castle / Erwartung.
Monday, May 4, 2015
7:30 p.m.

Registration for the MEDIA EFFECTS & STAGE DESIGN Youth Opera Lab opens Monday, April 6, 2015 at 10 a.m. ​Check back in March for more details about this Lab.

     
 


Youth Opera Lab, 2014. Video: COC

Program Supporter:
J.P. Bickell Foundation

Falstaff generously underwritten, in part, by BMO Financial Group

 

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