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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. 

After a concert performance of Mozart’s “Apollo & Hyacinth” for an audience that included singers from the Toronto Children’s Chorus Vocal Academy. Apollo: Yujene Oh. Hyacinth: Simone Hogeveen, Melia: Sydney Trotter. Zephyr: Elizabeth Legierski, King Oebalus: Jacob Abrahamse, Pianist: Helen Becqué, Artistic Director & Producer: Darryl Edwards

A concert performance of "The Pirates of Penzance" plus a singing workshop with the choirs of North Toronto Collegiate Institute at its annual retreat at Jackson's Point.

A concert performance of  The Pirates of Penzance plus a singing workshop with the choirs of North Toronto Collegiate Institute at its annual retreat at Jackson’s Point.

 

The opera premiere cast of SHOT! with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. Back row from L-R: Peter Warren, Jeremy Ludwig, Jacob Abrahamse, James Sandau, Ryan Downey. Front row, L-R: Tony Qiu, Darryl Edwards, Michael Marino, Peter Bass, Christina Haldane, Christina Bell, librettist Anna Chatterton, composer Abigail Richardson-Schulte.

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.

Dimitri Katotakis and Clodagh Earls - The Wings of the Dove (World Premiere).

Dimitri Katotakis and Clodagh Earls – The Wings of the Dove

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:

Masterclass with Artistic Director Darryl Edwards at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta.

Masterclass with Artistic Director Darryl Edwards at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta.

Alumni Emily D'Angelo, Charles Sy, Giles Tomkins, Stephen Hegedus and Lucia Cesaroni, with pianist Prof. Kathryn Tremills (third from left)

From Left: Artist Alumni Emily D’Angelo, Charles Sy, Giles Tomkins, Stephen Hegedus and Lucia Cesaroni, with pianist Dr. Kathryn Tremills (third from left).

•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.
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    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