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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.
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 is a career changing program for emerging opera artists.
Artists have graduated from the Ensemble Studio since its founding in 1980.
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.
have experienced performances by Ensemble graduates in more than
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.
Vocal and general music coaching
Performance kinetics coaching on breath and movement
Language and diction training
Dramatic acting classes
Nutrition and mental health sessions
Masterclasses and roundtables with leading global artists and opera professionals
Of financial planning sessions
All of this training is expensive — and that’s why all the event’s proceeds go towards the Ensemble Studio.
$50 (Ring 4)
$65 (Orchestra Ring)
$80 (Orchestra or Ring 3)
*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