How Our Program Works
Each year the Toronto City Opera presents at least two fully staged operas, with great attention to staging and musical integrity. Our program has two streams: Soloists and Chorus
The soloists must apply for audition starting in summer every year. Upon fulfilling the requirements of different voice types, soloists will be offered assigned roles in the opera(s) for the upcoming season. Soloists will be guided in a learning and discovery process involving understanding of the text, intent, pronunciation, and style followed by the exploration of expression through physicality.
Rehearsals start in the fall of every year for preparation of our early winter production. Soloists selected for the spring production will start rehersal the following year in preparation for our spring production.
If you like to sing and want to get involved in a fully staged opera then this is your chance. This opportunity is ideal for adults of all ages, experience levels, and voice types.
Basic knowledge such as score reading and following rhythm patterns, although not prerequisites, are valuable abilities and will enhance your progress and enjoyment.
The chorus consists of about 40 members who meet once a week for two-three months of practice and rehearsal under the direction of Jennifer Tung, the TCO artistic director/conductor, and Ivan Jovanovic, the music director/pianist.
The chorus experience may include public concerts, singing with professional soloists, singing at fundraisers, and culminates in your appearance in a fully staged opera in a professional theatre for three days of production. Get ready for standing ovations from an adoring audience!
Stage Director and Production Team
The Artistic Director chooses a Stage Director for each production / season. The Stage Director assembles a production team for lighting, design, costumes and stage management.