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Applications for the 2022 National Opera Intensive are now closed.
The National Opera Intensive (NOI), presented by Against the Grain Theatre and UofT Opera is returning for the fourth consecutive year—in-person for the first time since August 2019!
NOI is a three-week program, running from August 2nd to 18th, 2022, focused on the exciting canon of modern-contemporary works and engaging workshops to expand the mind of the modern artist.
The collaboration, featuring Against the Grain Theatre’s outside-the-box approach to traditional opera matched with UofT Opera’s educational excellence, will be focused on the exploration of contemporary operatic repertoire, culminating with a live performance on the stage of the epic MacMillan Theatre.
Participants will be immersed in the study and performance of scenes and arias from operas composed in the 20th and 21st centuries. During the program, all participants receive:
- Personalized Vocal Coaching,
- Private Voice Lessons
- In-Depth Staging Sessions
- Masterclasses delivered by visiting Guest Artists
- Professional Development Opportunies
This program aims to support fifteen (15) post-graduate artists looking to bridge the gap between academic life and an emerging professional career. However, bachelor and graduate-level singers are also welcome to apply.
All participants and faculty will participate in mandatory anti-oppression training and bystander intervention training to facilitate a brave and productive working environment.
Key Program Information:
Program Dates: August 2nd – 18th, 2022
Final Performance: August 18th, 2022
Travel and accommodation are not included in the tuition fee.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with “[Your Full Name] + National Opera Intensive” in the subject line, and an actual human will reply ASAP.
“Every single one of the instructors was fabulous. They each had unique outlooks and ways of teaching, and the variety made the learning experience fresh and eye-opening.”Michaela Chiste, NOI Participant (2021)
“The seminars/workshops provided were extremely informative and necessary for those of us wanting to help reshape the community towards an inclusive and accessible environment.”Taryn Plater, NOI Participant (2021)
MacMillan Theatre in the Edward Johnson Building
University of Toronto, Faculty of Music
80 Queens Park, Toronto, Ontario
National Opera Intensive Faculty
Selected original libretti include: The Machine Stops; Footsteps in Campbell House; Rob Ford, the Opera; The Last Duel; The Very Last Green Thing; A Dickens of a Christmas; Laura’s Cow, the Legend of Laura Secord; Alice in Wonderland. Currently working on Fall River, the legend of Lizzie Borden.
Engaged by COC, Tapestry New Opera Works, Queen of Puddings Music Theatre, Soundstreams Canada, Calgary Opera, Opera Atelier, Mirvish Productions, Banff Centre’s “Opera as Theatre” and has freelanced across Canada.