Wednesday, November 4, 2020
5:30 p.m. ⁠- Pre-show drinks
6:30 p.m. - Competition begins


Every year, the COC undertakes a nationwide search
for the next generation of opera stars.

On November 4, the finalists will perform a thrilling vocal showcase on the COC's mainstage at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

Winners of the competition take home cash prizes — and a chosen few may be invited to join the COC Ensemble Studio.

The Night

First, unwind with complimentary pre-show drinks and light refreshments in the COC’s stunning venue.

Then, take your seat in the gorgeous R. Fraser Elliott Hall.

Our finalists will perform an aria showcase for you and a panel of judges, accompanied by the COC’s world-renowned orchestra.

You’ll play a key role in the evening, voting live to decide the winner of the coveted Audience Choice Award.

The Ensemble Studio

The Ensemble Studio is a career changing program for emerging opera artists.


Artists have graduated from the Ensemble Studio since its founding in 1980.

Opera brings together orchestral music, drama, choreography, visual arts, and more...

But its core ingredient is the human voice.

Opera singers perform without microphones. It takes years of careful training to master the techniques necessary to project their voices to thousands of audience members in massive venues.

Since 1980, the Ensemble Studio has made itself the premier place for emerging opera singers in Canada – no other program has launched more careers nationally or internationally.

8 Million Audience Members

have experienced performances by Ensemble graduates in more than

30 Countries

The program brings together industry experts on a huge variety of topics to make sure these young artists get the training they need to succeed.

A Year in Training

1,175 Hours

Vocal and general music coaching

300 Hours

Performance kinetics coaching on breath and movement

216 Hours

Language and diction training

174 Hours

Dramatic acting classes

81 Hours

Nutrition and mental health sessions

31 Hours

Masterclasses and roundtables with leading global artists and opera professionals

8 Hours

Of financial planning sessions

All of this training is expensive — and that’s why all the event’s proceeds go towards the Ensemble Studio.

Your ticket is a direct investment in the future of Canadian artistic excellence.

$50 (Ring 4)

$65 (Orchestra Ring)

$80 (Orchestra or Ring 3)

Be there when we find opera’s next great voices.


The Canadian Opera Company's Ensemble Studio Competition is made possible with the support of:

*You may be required to present proof of age identification for any alcoholic beverage orders.

Photo Credits: Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts (2016), photo: Joey Lopez; Ensemble Studio Competition finalists Centre Stage (2018), photo by Michael Cooper; Guests in attendance of the Canadian Opera Company’s Centre Stage (2018), photo: Gaetz Photography; R. Fraser Elliott Hall at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts (2019), photo: Gaetz Photography; Mezzo-soprano Simone McIntosh performing at the Canadian Opera Company’s Centre Stage (2018), photo: Gaetz Photography; (foreground) Ensemble Studio Competition First Prize and Audience Choice Award winner mezzo-soprano Simona Genga with finalists of the Ensemble Studio Competition and COC Music Director Johannes Debus (third from left), Centre Stage (2017), photo: Michael Cooper; Canadian Opera Company’s Music Director Johannes Debus (2018), photo: Gaetz Photography; Icons (2019), by Noun Project; Sondra Radvanovsky as Anna Bolena in the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Anna Bolena (2018), photo: Michael Cooper; Ambur Braid as Adele in the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Die Fledermaus (2012), photo: Michael Cooper; Simone Osborne as Micaëla and Russell Thomas as Don José in the Canadian Opera Company production of Carmen (2016), photo: Michael Cooper; R. Fraser Elliott Hall at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts (2019), photo: Lucia Graca; Centre Stage Gala, Centre Stage (2018), photo: Ryan Emberley


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