• Inspiring New Voices at the Summer Opera Intensive

    By COC Staff

    As the newly-formed Community Partnerships and Programs department began planning projects for the coming year, an idea was sparked to develop the Company’s first COC Summer Opera Intensive Program.

    A major portion of the goals of the CPP department is to build deep connections and cultivate profound impact in community building. The mission of this week-long summer program was to actively seek out new and emerging Canadian talent and provide not only increased access to training in the arts, but to also offer barrier-free opportunities to learn, develop and engage with our organization.

    The Summer Opera Intensive is the first free program of its kind for the Canadian Opera Company. Successful participants worked directly with many of the COC staff, while also connecting with top artistic professionals within the industry. Hotel accommodations, several meals, and full tuition were provided to each participant, reducing financial barriers for participation and supporting singers beyond southern Ontario, with participants arriving in Toronto from across the country.

    The Summer Opera Intensive was structured to cover four pillars of learning over the duration of the week:

    1. Performance Foundations: Group classes, meant to introduce participants to the breadth of high-level training and skills required to work as a professional opera singer on the mainstage. These sessions included lyric diction, acting, breath and body work, score preparation, role development and characterization, and movement.

    2. Professional Development: Sessions covered a variety of topics and skills that were chosen to help nurture the “whole” singer and to help maintain their careers as freelance artists and musicians. Topics included Artistic Management, Entrepreneurship, Grant Writing, Music and Mental Health, Finance, and Introduction to Teaching Artistry from our roster of COC Teaching Artists.

    3. Performance Technique: One-on-one sessions, meant to offer singers individualized and personal instruction on the topics covered in Performance Foundations. Artists had the opportunity to coach repertoire with COC Faculty, work with voice teachers, pianists, acting coaches, and our Performance Kinetics coach.

    4. Mentorship & Networking: There is no question how invaluable a mentorship relationship can be over the course of a young artist’s career. This pivotal pillar focused on information sharing and artistic exchange. It was meant to create opportunities that supported participants in making connections with professional artists and coaches.

    Under careful review from Johannes Debus, COC Music Director, and Makenzie Morgan, Director of Community Partnerships and Programs, ten candidates were accepted from over 45 applications submitted from across the country. Our inaugural cohort of singers came from coast to coast, hailing from Langley, BC all the way to Fredericton, NB.

    Please join us in congratulating the inaugural cohort of the COC Summer Opera Intensive!

    Danlie Rae P. Acebuque, Baritone | Toronto, ON

    Jamal Al Titi, Baritone | Hamilton, ON

    Matthew Bermudez, Tenor | London, ON

    “The program was so wonderful, I didn’t want it to end! It was everything I needed to feel more confident stepping into the professional world.”

    Samantha Fullerton, Soprano | Fredericton, NB

    Nikan Ingabire Kanate, Soprano | Ottawa, ON

    “Thank you so much for planning this wonderful program. Inclusive, genuine and professional; that's what Canadian Opera Company felt like to me during the week”

    Raphaël Laden-Guindon, Baritone | Montréal, QC

    Yenny Lee, Mezzo-Soprano | Langley, BC

    “The programming flowed beautifully, the faculty was generous and helpful, and the atmosphere was filled with happiness and support. I am so glad to have been a part of it.”

    Chelsea Pringle-Duchemin, Mezzo-Soprano | Montréal, QC

    “Thank you for a brilliant week. It is rare to see summer singing programs organized and managed so well.”

    Jadelyn Watson, Mezzo-Soprano | London, ON

    Taline Yeremian, Mezzo-Soprano | Toronto, ON

    “One of the best things that has happened to me in my musical journey!”

    Posted in 22/23 Season


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