For the second year in a row, Against the Grain Theatre joins University of Toronto Opera to immerse established and emerging artists in a two-week program focusing on the exciting canon of modern-contemporary works, now under a new name, National Opera Intensive (NOI).
The NOI is meant to prioritize individual artistic needs in the middle of August when audition season is just around the corner. By looking at the hidden gems of opera’s 20th and 21st-century repertoire, AtG and UofT provide valuable insight to artists as they aim to develop modern opera repertoire. Against the Grain Theatre’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.
As a response to COVID-19, AtG and UofT Opera are taking the National Opera Intensive online. This amended program will take place from August 4th through 13th, 2020, with the final performance being a Virtual Opera Pub hosted by AtG.
The program will consist of seminars led by industry experts to provide you with the resources to complete online auditions, as this audition method will be prevalent in the coming year. We will dive into technology, resumes, agencies, and more during this ten-day program.
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“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