Education & Outreach
You are invited to attend these popular and informative pre-performance lectures, absolutely free. Take this opportunity to gain greater insight of the production and make your evening more enjoyable and complete. Guest speakers this year many include the General Director and special lecturers.
Hamilton Place, Studio Theatre 7:00pm
Centre In The Square, The Studio, 7:00pm
This season, Opera Insights take place prior to Don Giovanni, Samson et Dalila and Tosca in the 2006/2007 season.
Young People’s Night At The Opera (8 – 18 years old)
This popular program exposes students to the splendour of grand opera by attending the final dress rehearsal. Experience the singers and the orchestra, the visual effects, the full sets and the costumes – all at an affordable price for student groups. English translations are projected above the stage so you won’t miss a moment of the story.
Tickets are $10 per student with 1 Free Chaperone Ticket for every 10 student tickets purchased. Young People’s Night At The Opera is only available to school groups. Tickets will not be issued until payment is received in full.
A Teachers’ Resource Guide is provided prior to the dress rehearsal so that teachers can introduce the opera to the students in the classroom. This helps to prepare the students and allows for an enjoyable experience. The guide is designed to meet Ontario curricular requirements.
Buchanan Park Opera Club
Every year, we at Opera Ontario look forward to a wonderful evening of opera, performed by the most exciting and committed group of singers, actors and dancers you will find anywhere – the annual spring production of the BuchananPark Opera Club! The amazing story of this group of extraordinary children and their passionately – dedicated teachers is known and now emulated from coast to coast.With this year’s production of Romeo and Juliette, Opera Ontario was privileged to continue our relationship with Buchanan Park. We salute this enthusiastic group of young artists, their teachers, parents, school administrators, and support staff – each who makes an invaluable contribution to this program, but more importantly, to the development and nurturing of talented, responsible and life-enriched young adults. What an incredible legacy for this school and this city.
Students registered at post-secondary institutions are invited to take advantage of this exclusive arrangement. Enjoy the splendour of grand opera. Experience the singers and the orchestra, the visual effects, the full sets and the costumes – All at an affordable price for students. English translations are projected above the stage so you will not miss a moment of the story.
A Ticket may be purchased for only $15.00 30 minutes prior to the performance with a valid student ID card.
*Subject to availability
Launched during the 2005/2006 season the Opera Look-In program is open to all members of the community. Professional stagehands, designers and conductors introduce people to many of the facets of an opera production. A peek into the world of lighting, scenery, costumes and makeup takes the audience through the magic of opera stagecraft. This free program is designed for all ages. Reservations are required.
Check the website for next scheduled Opera Look-In.
To reserve your space please contact Claudia Di Pietro at 905-527-7627 ext 221 or 519-578-5573 option 2, ext. 221.
OperaLand Express Trunk
A program for younger children to discover the magic of opera. A mini dress rehearsal from start to finish – casting, staging, blocking and costumes. Choose from Rossini’s La Cenerentola for grades 1 – 3 and Donizetti’s The Daughter of the Regiment for grades 4 – 6. The children’s imagination is the magic ingredient and the results are always great fun for everyone.
If you would like to book the OperaLand Express Trunk or would like more information please contact Claudia Di Pietro at 905-527-7627 ext 221 or 519-578-5573 option 2, ext 221.
Opera Out Classed
Students are always wildly interested to know what goes on ‘behind the scenes’. We will arrange for opera singers, theatre technicians, make-up and costumers to visit your classroom or community group to demonstrate their skills, demystify their craft and pique student’s interests.
Opera Ontario employs an intense rehearsal schedule for each production, limiting the amount of time our performing artists have available for community outreach programs. To increase the company’s ability to take opera off the stage and into the community, Opera Ontario has several volunteer chorus members and professional soloists who are willing to represent Opera Ontario at various community and corporate events throughout the communities we serve.
NEW! School Touring Program
We will be launching this program with our 2006.2007 season. A staged opera with costumes and minimal scenery will tour area schools. It is geared to the elementary school aged children. Children will be encouraged to participate as supernumeries and stage hands. Each production can be performed twice in a day and can accommodate up to 350 students.
NEW! O Solo Mios
There are many opera lovers that would like to attend the opera but do not have anyone to attend with. This is sometimes a barrier to attendance. For the 2006.2007 season we will launch this program which will set aside a bank of tickets so that these subscribers will have others to enjoy the opera with. There will also be social and educational opportunities for this group.
If you are interested in any of our education and outreach programs please contact Claudia Di Pietro at 905-527-7627 ext 221 or 519-578-5573 option 2, ext 221.