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Operating in Haliburton, Ontario, since its creation in 2007, Highlands Opera Studio is a professional performing arts mentoring program for emerging professional operatic artists. Established by Richard Margison, Artistic Director and Valerie Kuinka, General and Co-Artistic Director.
Due to serious personal reasons, the creator/composer of ‘Mishaabooz’s Realm‘, Andrew Balfour, who was also appearing as a key performer, has cancelled all professional commitments for the next several months. […]
July 27th – August 28th, 2023 Haliburton, ON- December 6th , 2022. Join us for the 17th season of Highlands Opera Studio! Highlights include Gaetano Donizetti’s hilarious opera sitcom, ‘THE […]
MEDIA RELEASE $92,100 OTF Grant Supports New Ways of Bringing Opera to Haliburton County Haliburton, ON (January 5, 2023) – On Thursday, MPP LAURIE SCOTT met with the team at […]
Apply Now: Highlands Opera Studio 2023, Professional Training & Development Program Dates: July 27th – August 28th, Haliburton, ON Live Audition Dates & Locations: Montréal – February 6th & 7th […]
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As an African Canadian, for years prior to this, I had too often been marginalized and excluded from getting real singing opportunities..... During this internship, I was able to observe other professional singers, coach with the greatest teachers in the industry, sing in front of agents and above all, gain self-confidence.
- Suzanne Taffot, Soprano, LLB.
HOS 2017, 2018
The Highlands Opera Studio experience was one of extremely high artistic quality and musical experience...Everyday throughout the program I left having learned something new, filled with inspiration towards my personal goals, and hope for the future of our art form and industry.
- Simona Genga, Mezzo-soprano
HOS 2020, 2021
The opportunity to create and collaborate with Highlands Opera Studio on the Indigenous chamber opera Mishabooz's Realm in 2017 was one of the most enriching and powerful commissions of my career. It is my deep hope that this work, and our work together as members of the Highlands Opera Racial Equity Advisory Council, can continue to evolve and grow to present important issues and opportunities for First Nation artists and creators in this country.
- Andrew Balfour, Cree First Nation Composer & Librettist,
Artistic Director of Camerata Nova,
Highlands is one of the best organized and most rewarding training programs that I have had the pleasure of being a part of.
- Kaden Forsberg, tenor
My experience at HOS was absolutely wonderful. The summer I spent there was a crucial step in my continuing development as an opera singer. The faculty of professionals they assemble is first-rate.
- Adam Luther, Tenor
The location is reason enough to want to attend this wonderful program, but the training we receive is absolutely top notch. Allowing the young artists to fully immerse themselves in their craft without the added financial burden of tuition is an opportunity that is simply not found elsewhere.
- Tracy Cantin, Soprano
Highlands Opera Studio has been one of the most positive and formative experiences I have had since I began studying opera. Valerie and Richard are able to connect participants with some of the best conductors, teachers, and coaches in the world, giving singers the ability to see incredible improvement over several weeks.
- Geoffrey Schellenberg, Baritone, Vancouver & Montreal
HOS '19, '20
It would be hard to overstate the value of this program. I was given the chance to perform one of my dream roles, and to work on it with world-class coaches. Moreover, Val and Richard are more than just great artists and teachers; they're genuinely supportive of the studio members, and the care they have for us shows in everything they do.
- Scott Brooks, bass-baritone