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About the COC Summer Opera Intensive

Applications for the COC Summer Opera Intensive will be open until Saturday, April 30, 2022. This packed, one-week program will be held in person at the Canadian Opera Company Theatre and rehearsal spaces from Monday, August 8 - Saturday, August 13, 2022.

The Summer Opera Intensive invites advanced singers pursuing a career in professional singing to experience training of the highest quality and standards, with highly individualized assessments that take into full consideration participant goals, creative interests, and musical experience.

In addition to daily group classes and discussions, each singer will receive private coaching in voice, drama, and lyric diction. This program is designed to provide a framework for young artists to learn about the many facets of a professional singing career, equipping participants with the necessary skills and information to succeed as an artist in today’s rapidly changing industry.

Carefully review the FAQ section below, as it contains important details about how to submit a complete application.


Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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  • Proof of vaccination will be required for all singers
  • All persons entering the facility (staff and students) are required to complete a COVID-19 self assessment form each day, before coming to the facility.
  • Any person exhibiting these or any other symptoms during their self-assessment should not enter the facility and notify camps staff immediately.
  • Staff and singers will also be required to stay home if:
    • they or a member of their household has received a positive COVID-19 test result in the last 14 days
    • they or a member of their household has come into close physical contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 (meaning they have shared a living space, workspace, or classroom, less than 2 metres apart) in the last 14 days


HOW CAN I APPLY?

Applications can be found on our website here. A complete application consists of the online application form as well as two recommendations to be submitted via email to [email protected] by 11:59 p.m. ET on April 30, 2022. You will also need to upload a resume, headshot in JPEG format, and two separate YouTube links of recorded arias which contrast in style and language. One of the arias must be in a language other than English. 


WHO IS THIS PROGRAM FOR AND WHAT LEVEL OF EDUCATION IS REQUIRED?

This program is suited for advanced artists pursuing a career in professional singing, and interested applicants must audition at the same level or above that of an advanced undergraduate singer in order to be considered. Applicants MUST be Canadian citizens or permanent residents. Citizens of other countries who do not possess either a Canadian passport or permanent resident card are not eligible for this program.


ARE THERE AGE RESTRICTIONS?


All participants must be 18 years of age or older at the start of the program in order to participate. 

IS THERE A FEE TO APPLY?

No fee is required to submit an application to the COC Summer Opera Intensive. 


WHO NEEDS TO WRITE MY REFERENCE LETTERS?


We require two reference letters to be submitted via email. We recommend the letters come from music professionals who know you and your artistry well, and one letter must come from a current or past voice teacher. References should be submitted as a PDF attachment, directly to the Community Partnerships & Programs Manager, Sarah Forestieri at [email protected]. Letters of recommendation must be received by 11:59 p.m. ET on April 30, 2022.


WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE VIDEO FILE?

Two separate videos of recorded arias must be included in your online application. The arias should contrast in style and language. One of the arias must be in a language other than English. 
 
Videos may be recorded specifically for this application or may consist of existing recordings. Videos must be created within the last six months of the calendar year. 
 
Please note that special recording equipment does not need to be purchased for these videos; recording on a phone or computer is perfectly acceptable. You may also use a pre-recorded track instead of a live pianist. 
 
If you have any questions about making your recordings or are in need of assistance sourcing piano accompaniment tracks, please reach out to Sarah at [email protected]


IS THERE A FEE TO ATTEND THE COC SUMMER OPERA INTENSIVE?

No, there is no tuition fee if you are accepted to attend the program.


WHAT IS INCLUDED IF I AM ACCEPTED INTO THE SUMMER OPERA INTENSIVE?

All accommodation and some meals are provided. Successful candidates will be responsible for the cost of their travel to Toronto.


HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE YOU TAKING INTO THE SUMMER OPERA INTENSIVE?


We will accept up to 10 singers for the one-week program.

WHEN WILL I HEAR WHETHER OR NOT I HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED INTO THE SUMMER OPERA INTENSIVE?

You will be notified by email on or before May 30, 2022 letting you know whether or not you have been accepted.

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