Opera is a multi-faceted art form that combines music (both instrumental and vocal), drama, visual art, and sometimes dance. There are many different entry points to understanding an opera and we are committed to supporting your students’ engagement with this remarkable art form. Our custom workshops provide a way for your students to explore specific components of opera creation, production and performance based on their interests and areas of study. Taking place in the classroom or before or after an opera performance, custom workshops provide your students with the tools to discover the opera experience or deepen their pre-existing knowledge. Contact us today to begin crafting a completely custom workshop for your students!

Opera and Arts-Based Workshop:

Exploring Vocal Versatility workshop: Bring an opera singer or professional vocal teacher into your school to work on a piece of music or re-affirm vocal technique and explore the complex nature of opera singing.

Dynamic Drama workshops One reason why opera is a spectacular event is high-intensity drama. With an array of diverse and passionate characters, a deep exploration of the story through drama can compel your students compelled to learn more.

An Up Close Orchestral workshop: Invite a member from the COC orchestra to lead a master class with your strings or band classes.

Setting the Stage –The Visual Elements workshop: Invite an opera designer into your school to construct props, sets - or costumes to bring an opera or a non-opera story to life.

Opera and Beyond: - Expanded Workshops:

Opera can be expanded to connect beyond just arts-related subjects. With a diverse history, origins in mythology, poetry and literature, and with themes that explore psychology, culture and sociology, opera offers many entry points for your students to engage with powerful, multi-faceted  stories. Some examples of these expanded workshops include, but are not limited, to:

English and Media Literacy workshop: Many of the stories in opera are adapted from or inspired by mythology, poetry, plays, books and more. There are many ways to tie opera into the English curriculum, offering new and exciting approach to engage young people. students.

History, Humanities and Social Science: Opera has an interesting history and evolution, which relates to both music history and general history as well. Depending on the opera, there is much to learn about the time period through the libretto, storylines and music. Culture, sociology, anthropology and psychology are also interesting topics that can be explored through this art form. Explore the diverse and complex family relationships in Arabella, or take a step back in time to witness how the Tudor period is depicted with Anna Bolena. Operas such as The Nightingale and other Short Fables can offer an exploration to jazz history, poetry and Russian culture.  Each opera provides unique opportunities for your students to be entertained and inspired!

To begin customizing a workshop:

  • Contact Madelyn Wilkinson School Programs, Manager by email at madelynw@coc.ca or by phone at 416-306-2392
  • Discuss your areas of interest, dates, curriculum etc. to determine the content of the workshop
  • From our list of professional artist educators we will schedule the right person to best meet the needs of your workshop
  • Workshop fees vary depending on the content and structure of the program

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