General Director Valerie Kuinka and Artistic Director Richard Margison co-manage the Highlands Opera Studio in the beautiful Haliburton Highlands (2 1/2 hours north of Toronto) for very advanced emerging operatic artists. On average, 15 highly qualified Canadians attend this month-long intensive full scholarship program. They are chosen from over 200 applicants during a rigorous cross-Canada (and NYC) audition tour. During August, there are community voice lessons, excerpt concerts, masterclasses, and fully staged operas with pre-performance chats.
Month long, intensive opera program for emerging operatic artists
We acknowledge the support of the Ontario Arts Council (OAC), an agency of the Government of Ontario, which last year funded 1,737 individual artists and 1,095 organizations in 223 communities across Ontario for a total of $52.1 million.