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Aug 25

Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio Program

Canadian Opera Company

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September 26, 2021

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Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio Program

Canadian Opera Company

Posted on
Aug 25


The COC Ensemble Studio is an innovative artist development program for emerging Canadian opera professionals.

The company’s uniquely collaborative approach blends advanced study and practical experience through a multi-year program that’s individually tailored for each member. Artists receive intensive vocal coaching; language, movement and acting studies; as well as private masterclasses with renowned opera professionals. Ensemble singers perform and understudy mainstage roles, while Ensemble pianists participate in the preparation of the COC’s mainstage productions.

Members of the Ensemble Studio are the COC’s resident artists and important community ambassadors for the company. Through performances and collaborations with local schools and organizations, Ensemble members are often the first point of contact with opera for many; their ongoing participation in this area is integral to creating inclusive and welcoming opportunities for more people to engage with the art form.

Since 1980, nearly 230 young professional Canadian singers and pianists have acquired foundational opera experience through the Ensemble Studio. Former members include Ben Heppner, Krisztina Szabó, Emily D’Angelo, Claire de Sévigné, Gordon Bintner, Ambur Braid, Miriam Khalil, and Wallis Giunta, and David Pomeroy.


Application Information

You will be asked to submit the application form along with links to your videos, headshot, bio, and 3 references. Your references will need to send their letters directly to before the Video Round submission deadline.

There is no age limit in effect, but as the Ensemble Studio is designated as a young artist program, members generally range between 20 and 30 years of age.

In order to be considered for this program, applicants MUST be Canadian citizens or permanent residents. Citizens of other countries who do not possess either a Canadian passport or permanent resident card are not eligible to apply for the program.

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The Ensemble Studio young artist program is a paid opportunity. Members typically work full-time, on a 36-week contract, for two seasons. Singers of the Ensemble Studio become members of Canadian Actor’s Equity Association (CAEA).

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Application Details

Sunday, September 26, 2021
Fee: $

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Location Details

Toronto, ON Canada

Calgary, AB Canada:Not Posted

Vancouver, BC Canada:Not Posted

Toronto, ON Canada:Mon 1st Nov 2021 - Thu 4th Nov 2021

Montreal, QC Canada:Wed 1st Dec 2021

Those advancing to the second round will be invited to live auditions in one of the following cities:

Toronto: November 1-4, 2021

Montreal: Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Calgary and Vancouver: Late November, dates forthcoming

ROUND 3: Toronto Finalist Callback

February 6-7: Preparation period (Toronto)

February 8: On-stage audition (Toronto)

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Canadian Opera Company
227 Front St. E.
Toronto, ON M5A 1E8

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