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AS A REGISTERED CHARITY, YOUR TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATIONS TO THE HIGHLANDS OPERA STUDIO ARE GREATLY APPRECIATED. PLEASE CONSIDER MAKING A GIFT THROUGH CANADA HELPS AS A WAY OF SUPPORTING OUR OPERATIC TRAINING PROGRAM

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 International) audition tour during which we listen to on average close to 150 applicants. Out of those we choose on average 20-25 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.

See you at the opera!

Valerie Kuinka
General Director

Richard Margison
Artistic Director

MAKE A DIFFERENCE TODAY & HELP BUILD FOR THE FUTURE!

Experiencing in live performance the power and beauty of the unamplified trained human singing voice at its best can stir deep emotion and change the world.

HOS has grown steadily since 2007, from a 3-week program with 7 participants, to a 5-week program with 20-25 participants and the same number of staff and professional consultants. The company has been guided fiscally and artistically throughout this time by the General and Artistic Directors, Valerie Kuinka and Richard Margison, in conjunction with the Board of Directors, and the Accounting/General Management Personnel of Highlands Opera Theatre. HOS has never run a deficit and has maintained balanced financial statements since 2007.

Except for a modest one time administration fee of $400 [2021 administrative fee waived], ALL SUCCESSFUL CANADIAN PARTICIPANTS ATTEND THE 5-WEEK PROGRAM FREE OF CHARGE. THE COST TO HIGHLANDS OPERA STUDIO IS APPROXIMATELY $15,000 PER PARTICIPANT. This covers ALL TUITION, PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT & AUDITION OPPORTUNITIES, ACCOMMODATION, & 2 MEALS PER DAY, 6 days a week.

Fundraising is an ongoing and primary concern, and is an annual challenge.

The majority of funding has come from the private sector, including occasional individual corporate donations and ongoing support from BMO Financial Group, government support (Ontario Arts Council Opera Project grants, EODP through the Haliburton County Development Corporation (HCDC), fundraising events, individual donations, and revenue generated by ticket sales. In 2017 we received funding from Canada Council New Chapter and Canadian Heritage: Canada 150 Fund supporting the creation and presentation of ‘Mishaabooz’s Realm/Le Royaume de Michabous’, by Cree First Nation composer and librettist, Andrew Balfour. This new opera creation and presentation was in partnership with l’Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal.

Since 2007, we have received and continue to build strong support and commitment from the community of Haliburton through a strong volunteer base and small managerial staff.

Highlands Opera Studio has been operating successfully since 2007, and has established the reputation of providing interactive, intimate opera of the highest calibre. Our professional development program has established an international reputation for providing the highest level of professional training, development, and performance experience including the opportunity to perform important standard repertoire while receiving relevant professional feedback from exceptional internationally acclaimed opera professionals. Although we are also extremely committed to the creation and performance of new and existing Canadian works, presenting standard operatic repertoire is still important to the development of emerging operatic artists and interesting to our audiences. In 2017, Art Song was also introduced as a specialized area of study for singers and collaborative pianists within the Independent Study Division. Creating a balance between what is important to the emerging professionals and keeping our audiences excited and engaged is at the core of our ongoing goals.

2020 SPONSORS & DONORS

 

COLLABORATIVE PARTNER

THANK YOU

HIGHLANDS OPERA STUDIO WISHES TO SINCERELY THANK THE CORPORATE AND INDIVIDUAL SPONSORS WHO HAVE SO GENEROUSLY DONATED. YOUR COMMITMENT AND VISION IS GREATLY APPRECIATED.

2019

We most gratefully acknowledge the generosity of our LEAD CORPORATE DONOR, BMO Financial Group, and Director of Corporate Donations, Nada Ristich.

We wish to express special acknowledgment and gratitude to our LEAD INDIVIDUAL DONORS, who have given generously toward the establishment of the ARTIST SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM, at a donation level of $10,000:

John Beck
sponsoring tenor, Scott Rumble

Vanda Treiser, in memory of Benjamin Treiser
sponsoring soprano, Lauren Margison

Dr. Bill Siegel & Margaret Swaine
sponsoring mezzo-soprano, Michelle Siemens

 

We are also extremely grateful for the sponsorship of the following visiting opera professionals and program participants:

John & Thea Patterson
sponsoring visiting master vocal coach, John Fisher

Anonymous
sponsoring visiting master vocal coach, Anthony Manoli

Amistad Canada*
sponsoring mezzo-soprano, Frida Portillo McNally

The Estate of Selena James
sponsoring tenor, Kaden Forsberg

2019 DONORS

DIAMOND
($10,000 and up)

BMO Financial Group
John Beck
Dr. Bill Siegel &
   Margaret Swaine

Vanda Treiser in memory of              
   Benjamin Treiser
Robert N. Lee (Piano donor)

RUBY
($5,000 to $9,999)

Anonymous
Cesaroni Contracting Inc.
The Jane Skoryna
Foundation Estate of
   Selena James
John & Thea Patterson

SAPPHIRE
($1000 to $4,999)

Amistad Canada*
Bill Gliddon

Blake Goldring

Catherine Fauquier

Cesaroni Management
   Limited

John Bailey &
   George McElroy

Judith Neimann

Sandra Schlemm

William Patterson

 

*Anne & Tony Arrell
Art & Leona DeFehr
Blanche Carragher,
Didi Hall & Craig Hind
Ginny & Paul Green
Howard & Susan Swartz
Jim Wright
Joy Levine
Maggie Woodley
Nicole Mills
Sue Lowe

 

 

 

 

 

EMERALD
($500 to $999)

Anne-Marie Trahan
Dr. David P. Kostiuk &
   Jill de Villafranca
George & Marusya
   Montgomery
John & Kay McKellar
Mr. Maher
Randall Kelly &
   Mme. Anne-Sophie Barette
Sandra Tang
Vreni & Marc Ducommun

PEARL
($250 to $499)

Andrea Roberts

Dr. Laurence Green

Hilda Clark

Islemarie Tarte

Johanna Herzog

John Postlewaite

Karen Frybort

Patrick Corrigan

Sandra Mielitz

Sondra Lear

Suzanne Taffot

William Solomon

 

 

 

 

 

AMETHYST
(up to $249)

Alan Clark
Alan Kalin

Ali Mafi & Caroline Montminy Alison Silcoff

Amin Noorani

Anastasia Johnson

Angele & John Raza

Annabelle Sauzede

David Baxter

Bob & Jane Heyes

Bruce & Elizabeth
   Robinson

Bunny Berke

C.R. Vanderburgh

Carol & Michael Browne

Carol Stewart

Chantal Lambert

Cheryl Montgomery

Christine Miller

Dorion Liebgott

Douglas Gilpin

Eleanor Hall

Elizabeth Robinson

Emanuel Euvrard

Evelyn Marshall

Frederick Heese &
   Carolyn Vogelsang

Gail Casey

Geeta Suchak

Greg Roe

Isabelle Heaven

Isabelle Panneton

Jack & Patricia Brezina

Jean-Pierre Primiani

Joan Owen

Joan Vogelesang

John & Rosalie Cowan Julia Gersovitz

Katie Kostiuk

Kirsten Johnson

Leslie Yager

Liz Case

Lois Deacon

Lorraine Virgin

Lynda Campbell

Lynne Johnston

M. Guy Tremblay

Madeleine Noorani

Margaret Cuddihy

Margery Cartwright

Marie Francoise Jothy

Marilyn Lightstone

Marisa Cobuzzi

Mary Larson

Maryse Samuel

Miriam Grassby

Mrs. Maria Soledad
   Santos

Mrs. Robin A Quinlan

Mrs. Sandra Lubarsky &
   Dr. Robert Lubarsky

Neil Campbell

Norma Isaacs

Patricia Morehead

Paul and Susan Pethick

Peter Braun

Peter Brogden

Philip Morehead

Philippe Laporta

Robert Sites

Ross Davies

Ruby Menasce

Sandra Schlemm

Sharon Azrieli

Sicong Fang

Ted & Jeanne Anthon

Thomas Leslie

Vincent Prager

Wendy Roscoe

William Forbes

Wilma Warne

 

As of July 23, 2019