The Centre for Opera Studies & Appreciation was founded in 2006 and incorporated in 2009 to enable necessary foundational experiences and training for Canada’s young and emerging opera artists. It also creates, entertains, and educates larger audiences about its art form. It is a dedicated sponsor of the COSI Connection of the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy (founded in 2007) in its many artistically nurturing and innovative projects.
Whether gaining their experience through operas in concert, opera pops, stage premieres of new productions, school concerts, house concerts or performance master classes, Canada’s talented emerging opera professionals are receiving the tremendous practical experience that is making all the difference. From there, they are deepening their roots and broadening their possibilities in their communities, across Canada, and internationally.
The Centre for Opera Studies and Appreciation has produced many operas in concert: Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Wagner’s Tannhaüser, several Gilbert & Sullivan comic operas: HMS Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado, The Gondoliers, The Yeomen of the Guard, a staged performance of Handel’s Giulio Cesare in Egitto with Kevin Mallon and the Aradia Ensemble, opera premieres of Andrew Ager’s The Wings of the Dove and Führerbunker, and a recital with alumna and Metropolitan Opera soprano Katherine Whyte and pianist Steven Philcox. COSA has also funded national tours that have included masterclasses given by its artistic director Darryl Edwards, at the Memorial University of Newfoundland, Dalhousie University, Western University, the University of Manitoba, University of Lethbridge, and the University of Alberta.
We have been delighted to perform for the Verity Club and George Restaurant’s “Night at the Opera,” and as part of the notable Concerts@100 series of Marko Duic and Gabriel Lau. To celebrate the developing field of music performance research, we performed for the International Symposium for Performance Science (ISPS 2011), and have contributed to the research information for Advancing Interdisciplinary Research in Singing (AIRS), a Major Collaborative Research Initiative (MCRI) of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).
Several of COSA Canada’s alumni have been part of, or have gone on to many of Canada’s young artist programs in opera:
•Canadian Opera Company: Betty Wayne Allison, Susan Black, Charlotte Burrage, Emily D’Angelo, Claire de Sévigné, Aviva Fortunata, Clarence Frazer, Andrew Haji, Adam Luther, Danielle MacMillan, Yannick-Muriel Noah, Charles Sy, Frédérique Vézina.
•Montreal Opera’s Atelier Lyrique: Stephen Hegedus, Lucia Cesaroni, Spencer Britten.
•Calgary Opera: Benjamin Covey, Daevyd Pepper, Michael Marino.
•Ottawa’s Opera Lyra: Marion Newman, Mark Gough.
•Vancouver Opera: Kimberley-Ann Barczak, Ryan Downey, Holly Kroeker, Matthew Dalen.
COSA Canada is playing a vital part in nurturing and highlighting Canada’s talented singers and pianist-coaches, as they discover their abilities and exercise the skills they need to succeed in the rigorous demands and expectations of the performance field.
Our Board of Directors:
President and Chair: Darryl Edwards
Secretary: Carol Stairs
Treasurer: Dianne Edwards
Director: Elise Bradley
Director: Linda Kemp
The Centre for Opera Studies & Appreciation: Incorporated November 2009.
Head Office: 46 Humber Trail, Toronto, ON M6S 4C1