UofT Opera | National Opera Intensive, Applications Open!
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National Opera Intensive, Applications Open!

National Opera Intensive, Applications Open!

The University of Toronto Opera Department is thrilled to join again with Against the Grain Theatre to offer Canada’s National Opera Intensive. This is the third consecutive year for this exciting collaboration, which has resulted in a comprehensive summer program, designed with the modern emerging singer in mind.

The National Opera Intensive seeks to provide emerging artists with comprehensive operatic training through the exploration of the modern-contemporary operatic canon. Singers can expect a variety of private voice lessons, repertoire and acting coaching, masterclasses, and workshops, all of which take a holistic approach to helping singers realize their full artistic potential in the runup to audition season.

In response to the ongoing global pandemic, the 2021 National Opera Intensive will be delivered using a hybrid model, incorporating both digital and in-person instruction (COVID-19 health guidelines permitting). This hybrid approach will allow artists to participate in the program from anywhere in the world, thereby removing the barrier to access for those who are unable to travel to Toronto.

Also new in 2021, priority will be given to programming works by underrepresented groups in the traditional Western opera canon, including works by BIPOC composers, LGBTQ+ composers, and women composers. Priority will also be given to exploring repertoire with LGBTQ+ representation.

Second year UofT Opera student Renee Fajardo was a participant in the 2020 National Opera Intensive, and she had this to say about her experience:

“The National Opera Intensive is the most progressive summer training program I’ve been on. It was such an affirming experience not only to have worked with such incredible, genuine and candid Canadian Artists but also to have participated in necessary discussions on diversity and racial justice in opera and the arts; all successfully done online too!”

Applications are due January 1st, 2021, and there is no application fee– get started on yours today!

More information on the program and applications can be found here.


Second year UofT Opera student, Renee Fajardo, and her set-up for a masterclass at the 2020 National Opera Intensive.