For the third consecutive year, Against the Grain Theatre joins University of Toronto Opera to immerse emerging artists in a three-week program focusing on the exciting canon of modern-contemporary works and engaging workshops to expand the mind of the modern artist.
The NOI is meant to prioritize individual artistic needs in the middle of August when the new-reality audition season is just around the corner. AtG’s outside-the-box approach to traditional opera matched with UofT Opera’s educational excellence is quickly being established as a hub for singers to learn and perform.
The program consists of private voice, repertoire and acting coachings, masterclasses and roundtables with program faculty, and a variety of seminars and workshops to encourage artists to consider a holistic approach to their artistry and professional careers.
2020 sessions included: Bystander Intervention Training with Aria Umezawa, Theatre Design with Jason Hand, Resume Workshop with Sandra Horst, Recording Workshop with Ryan Harper, Expanding Your Artistic Practice through the lens of BIPOC artists, and Exploring Indigenous Artistic Practice.
It is the responsibility of NOI as an educator of emerging artists to provide a variety of perspectives in their training so that they can be better artists and colleagues (who wouldn’t want that?). This is why we are incorporating equity, diversity, and inclusion training for both staff and participants, as well as a diverse selection of repertoire outside of the Western classical canon, into the National Opera Intensive this year.
New for 2021:
- Several spots for promising undergraduate students
- Mandatory Anti-Oppression training for all staff members and participants on the first day of the program
- Diverse representation of repertoire outside of the Western classical canon – ex. Works from BIPOC composers, female composers, LGBTQ+ composers, etc.
- Exploring programming with LGBTQ+ representation
In 2021, AtG and UofT Opera will explore a hybrid model of digital and in-person delivery of instruction, if COVID-19 health guidelines allow for in-person congregation. The program will take place from August 3rd through 19th, 2021. The hybrid models allows AtG and UofT Opera to work with emerging artists all over Canada (and anywhere, really), creating a truly National Opera Intensive.
Interested in auditioning for the 2021 National Opera Intensive? There is no fee to apply! Just complete the form here, attaching three video recordings. Audition repertoire should include:
- 2 Contrasting Arias (One in English)
- 1 Aria or Song composed after the year 2000
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with “[Your Full Name] + National Opera Intensive” in the subject line and a real human will reply ASAP.
“As a graduate of this storied institution, my foundation for opera was built at UofT Opera. Our Executive Director, Robin Whiffen is also a graduate of UofT Voice and together we couldn’t be more thrilled to continue this relationship with Sandra Horst and Michael Patrick Albano.”Joel Ivany
“This Summer Intensive is a well-thought out program, helping us to find the rhythm of lessons, practice and self-promotion any artist needs when navigating the business post-graduation. It’s was a pleasure to explore the realm of non-mainstream contemporary opera within this creative sphere!”Sarah Parkin, UK
MacMillan Theatre in the Edward Johnson Building
University of Toronto, Faculty of Music
80 Queens Park, Toronto, Ontario
National Opera Intensive Faculty
Catherine Daniel, Mezzo-Soprano
Miriam Khalil, Soprano
Elliot Madore, Baritone
Heidi Melton, Soprano
Stage Direction/Acting Faculty