Join The Canadian Opera Company's celebrated Ensemble Studio for a night of breathtaking music paired with an inspired menu set against the backdrop of Lake Ontario's rolling waves. The evening begins with oysters and bubbly in the Drake Devonshire's outdoor Creekside Kitchen, followed by a sit-down dinner and performance in the beautiful airy pavillion. With a few musical surprises peppered throughout the night, this is a cultural treat that's not to be missed.
The 2018/2019 Ensemble Artists are: Joel Allison, Samuel Chan, Lauren Eberwein, Simona Genga, Lauren Margison, Simone McIntosh, Anna-Sophie Neher and pianists Stéphane Mayer and Rachel Kerr. Special guests include the COC's internationally acclaimed Music Director Johannes Debus on piano and renowned conductor, Dionysis Grammenos on clarinet.
The Ensemble Studio is Canada's premier training program for young opera professionals. Since its inception in 1980, over 230 young professional Canadian singers, opera coaches, stage directors and conductors have acquired their first major professional operatic experience through the program. Former members include Ben Heppner, Isabel Bayrakdarian, John Fanning, Wendy Nielsen, Joseph Kaiser, David Pomeroy, Allyson McHardy, and Krisztina Szabó.
The members of the Ensemble Studio are the COC's resident artists and important ambassadors for the company. The COC's pioneering, collaborative approach to training ensures that singers receive a blend of advanced study and practical experience through an individually tailored, multi-year program, involving understudying and performing mainstage roles, intensive vocal coaching, language, movement and acting studies, and career skills development, as well as participation in masterclasses with internationally renowned opera professionals. Intern coaches participate in the preparation of the company's mainstage productions, as well as art song recitals and Ensemble Studio performances.
The Ensemble Studio is chosen through a national audition process which culminates in the Ensemble Studio Competition, the feature event of the COC's annual fundraising gala, Centre Stage.