"I love music and am very grateful for the excellent program you put on this past Summer. I support the Arts and know that support is appreciated and very much needed. Thank You for all your hard work and the great musicians that were at Haliburton this past Summer to teach, coach, encourage and build into aspiring musicians. The Opera; namely La Traviata, was outstanding." – Irma F.
Opera is an art form that we both have devoted our lives to and one that we continue to support in every way we can. Seven years ago we decided to start a program in the beautiful Haliburton Highlands (2 1/2 hours north of Toronto) for very advanced emerging operatic artists in which we would concentrate not only on the goals of performance excellence, but also on networking and potential employment opportunities for young singers. We also felt that at this level, these young artists should no longer be expected to pay for a summer program, and, therefore, all Canadian artists attending the month-long intensive program are on full scholarship. This limited number of participants is chosen through a rigorous cross-Canada (and NYC) audition tour during which we listen to on average close to 200 applicants. Out of those we choose on average 15 highly qualified participants.
The community of the Haliburton Highlands and the extended areas of Muskoka, Kawartha Lakes, and Bancroft, have welcomed us into the region. Since our inaugural year in 2007 we have focused on providing community interaction and audience education through pre-performance chats, run-out concerts, and ‘Random Acts of Opera’, short concerts in local venues. In 2011 we established the Highlands Opera Community School in which we offer voice lessons, masterclasses, the opportunity to observe the Opera Studio participants, and potential involvement in one or the other of our staged productions.
Please explore the pages of this site to learn more about the program, our performances, and all that we have to offer. We invite you to get involved!
See you at the opera!
SET IN THE BEAUTIFUL SURROUNDINGS OF THE HALIBURTON HIGHLANDS IN CENTRAL ONTARIO, CANADA, HIGHLANDS OPERA STUDIO PROVIDES ADVANCED OPERATIC EXPERIENCE TO A SELECT GROUP OF TALENTED YOUNG PROFESSIONALS WITH THE MAIN OBJECTIVE TO PROVIDE THESE SINGERS WITH THE NECESSARY SKILLS TO EMBARK ON A CAREER IN OPERA.
Each year, a select group of singers are chosen to participate in either the Professional Program – which, this year, will include being cast in the main production of Tosca by Giocomo Puccini, and/or Rita by Gaetano Donizetti, plus another opera to be announced – or our Independent Study program. Available to all singers are concert performance opportunities, and access to Professional Consultants providing vocal master classes, individual voice lessons, movement classes, stagecraft coaching and professional development opportunities.
We also offer a special program for local singers of all genres, giving them a chance to work with experts in vocal performance, in the form of private voice lessons, and providing opportunities for participants to perform, and gain access to performances and rehearsals of advanced performers in the Highland's Opera Studio.
Audition registration for the 2014 Highlands Opera Studio program is now open!
TOSCA | Giocomo Puccini
RITA | Gaetano Donizetti
TBA | Third Production
Chorus & Apprentice Program
JAN 7 | VICTORIA
JAN 8 | VANCOUVER
University of British Columbia
JAN 10 | CALGARY
Arrata Opera Centre
1315 - 7 St SW
JAN 13–15 | TORONTO
JAN 21 | MONTREAL
Place des Arts
Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Salle 1
260 boul de Maisonneuve Ouest
FEB 3 | NEW YORK
$75 plus accompanist fee
Be prepared to sing three contrasting selections from the operatic repertoire, including one in English. Please bring 2 copies of your bio, resume, repertoire list, and head shot, as well as $20 cash to your audition for the accompanist, unless you have your own pianist.
Please contact us if you have any specific questions about our opera studio program.
From September to June, Richard Margison and Valerie Kuinka offer advanced vocal, dramatic, and scene study training for very advanced singers aspiring to a professional career in opera.
Performance and networking opportunities available. Application and acceptance through private interview and audition.
To request an audition, please contact 905-640-5235 or email@example.com
Highlands Opera Studio is operated by Highlands Opera Theatre, a not-for-profit organization. Donations are gratefully accepted and tax-receipts are issued after the end of each calendar year.
Tax deductible donations can be made to "Highlands Opera Theatre". Please write a memo stating the money is for Highlands Opera Studio.
Charitable Registration Number 822457263 RR0001
The Highlands Opera Studio wishes to sincerely thank the corporate and private individual sponsors who have so generously donated. Your commitment and vision is greatly appreciated.
Special Thanks to Nada Ristich
Sheraton Hotels | Vancouver
Special Thanks to Peter Wall
Special Thanks to Nezhat Khosrowshahi