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					COC                                                      The program is very performance-oriented and
                                                         there are numerous performance and understudy
                                                                                                                CONDUCTORS
                                                                                                                The Ensemble Studio occasionally accepts
                                                                                                                                                                        AUDITION REGULATIONS
                                                                                                                                                                        (Applicable to all categories)
ENSEMBLE                                                 opportunities throughout the season.                   conductors of exceptional ability. For more
                                                                                                                information please contact the Music Administrator.
STUDIO                                                   Applicants must have solid vocal training in opera,
                                                                                                                                                                        1.   The accompanying application form must
                                                                                                                                                                             be completed and signed by the applicant.
                                                         an extensive musical background and give evidence                                                                   Incomplete applications will not be processed.
                                                         of a high level of artistic aptitude. Knowledge of     STAGE DIRECTORS
AUDITIONS                                                operatic languages is an advantage.                    Stage directors participate in mainstage
                                                                                                                                                                        2.   Applicants must be Canadian Citizens
                                                                                                                productions and work closely with COC production
2011/2012 SEASON                                                                                                staff. In addition, the stage directors work with the
                                                                                                                                                                             or have Landed Immigrant status at the
                                                                                                                Ensemble Studio singers in dramatic coachings.               time of application. Proof of citizenship (e.g.
                                                         COACHES                                                                                                             photocopy of birth certificate, passport, or
                                                         Opera coaches, under the guidance of the COC's         Applicants for this position should have some                other legal documentation) must accompany
The Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio               music staff, work with the Ensemble Studio singers     knowledge of opera and stage directing or                    the application.
is an opera training program for Canadian opera          in regular coachings and take part in masterclasses,   assistant stage directing experience. Formal training
singers, opera coaches, conductors and stage             sessions with international guest coaches and          at a university, college or drama school is an asset.   3.   A resumé and photograph must accompany
directors. Up to 12 artists participate in the           special concerts. Opera coaches may also act           Ability to read music, and proficiency in several            each application. The resumé should
                                                                                                                operatic languages, is required.
program at any one time.                                 as rehearsal pianists/coaches for mainstage                                                                         include the following information: academic
                                                         productions.                                                                                                        background, recent operatic experience (year,
                                                                                                                Stage directors should submit a one-page letter
Many of Canada’s finest young opera singers,                                                                    outlining their goals with the COC.                          role and company), operatic repertoire studied
coaches and directors have participated in the           Applicants must have a strong knowledge of                                                                          (excerpts or complete work), dramatic and
program. Past members include Theodore Baerg,            various operatic styles and languages, as well as                                                                   theatrical experience, awards and scholarships,
Isabel Bayrakdarian, Michael Colvin, Tom Diamond,        operatic coaching experience. Each applicant will      2010 AUDITION DATES                                          and languages sung and/or spoken.
John Fanning, Robert Gleadow, Ben Heppner, Joni          be required to prepare three contrasting selections:
Henson, Gaétan Laperrière, Wendy Nielsen, David                                                                 VOCAL AUDITIONS                                         4.   Applicants must submit three (3) letters of
Pomeroy, Frédérique Vézina and James Westman.            ~ a solo piano piece that demonstrates technique       October 25, 27, 29 – Toronto                                 recommendation from qualified references
                                                                                                                November 8 – Vancouver                                       (coaches, voice teachers, conductors,
The Ensemble Studio program auditions new                ~ an aria in French, German or Italian that will       November 10 – Montreal                                       directors, professors, etc.). We prefer to
artists each season. The program can be one to             be both played and sung by the applicant with        November 12 – New York                                       receive letters of recommendation with
three years in length, depending on the artist. Most       dramatic understanding                                                                                            applications. If this is not possible, please
                                                                                                                FINAL VOCAL AUDITIONS,
applicants are between the ages of 24 and 34 and                                                                                                                             ensure that we receive the letters at least
                                                                                                                OPERA COACH AUDITIONS,
have recently finished their academic training.          ~ one excerpt from the list below, to demonstrate      DIRECTOR INTERVIEWS                                          one week prior to the audition date. Letters
                                                           the coach applicant's ability to play, while         November 23 and 24 – Toronto                                 of recommendation may be sent separately
This is a professional training program that is            singing the vocal lines and following a                                                                           via e-mail, but in this case they must be sent
tailored to the artist. Remuneration is based on the       conductor:                                           APPLICATION DEADLINE                                         directly from the reference and not via the
performer's entry level into the program.                                                                       September 30, 2010                                           applicant.
                                                            Così fan tutte – Act I Finale
                                                            La Bohème – Act I                                                                                           5.   The Canadian Opera Company will screen all
SINGERS                                                     Carmen – Acts I and IV                                                                                           applications, and applicants will be informed
Singers will receive daily vocal coachings with                                                                                                                              by telephone if they have been granted an
the COC’s resident music staff, as well as diction       Sight reading is required.                                                                                          audition/interview. For those singers who
and acting classes. Masterclasses and individual                                                                                                                             audition, the COC will provide an accompanist
sessions are held regularly with such international                                                                                                                          at no charge to the applicant. The applicant
specialists as Rachel Andrist, Eric Weimer, Marlena                                                                                                                          may choose to provide their own accompanist
Malas, Margaret Singer and Timothy Noble. Singers                                                                                                                            at their own expense.
will also participate in seminars on a range of topics
from audition techniques to securing an agent.
APPLICATION FORM                                         SINGERS
Please consider my application for:                      For the audition, the singer must prepare five arias
    Singer                                               of contrasting style, to be performed in the original
    Voice Type                                           languages. The arias should be representative of
    Coach                                                                                                            227 Front St. E.
                                                         the individual’s present technical development and
                                                                                                                     Toronto, ON M5A 1E8
    Conductor                                            level of ability and should not be more than five
    Stage Director                                       minutes in length.

Audition City:     Toronto
                                                                                                                     Tel: 416-363-6671
                                                                                                                     Fax: 416-363-5584                                                  COC
                   Vancouver                             1.
                                                                                                                     E-mail: ensemble@coc.ca
                                                                                                                     coc.ca
                                                                                                                                                                                        ENSEMBLE
                   Montreal
                   New York
                                                              Aria
                                                                                                                                                                                        STUDIO
                                                              Opera

                                                              Composer                                                                                                                  AUDITIONS
Name                                                                                                                                                                                    2011/2012 SEASON
                                                         2.
Address                                                       Aria
                                                                                                                     THE COC
                                                              Opera                                                  ENSEMBLE STUDIO
City                                   Postal Code
                                                              Composer                                               IS SUPPORTED BY

Telephone
                                                         3.
                                                              Aria
E-mail
                                                              Opera

Date of Birth/Place of Birth                                  Composer
                                                                                                                     The COC Ensemble Studio is Canada’s premier training program
                                                                                                                     for young opera professionals and provides advanced instruction,
                                                                                                                     hands-on experience, and career development opportunities.
Applicant's Signature                                    4.                                                          The Ensemble Studio is generously supported by the Government
                                                              Aria                                                   of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage, ARIAS
Please send all applications to:                                                                                     (formerly The Canadian Opera Volunteer Committee), The John A.
                                                                                                                     Cook Young Artist Development Fund, Michael & Lora Gibbens,
Ensemble Studio Auditions Co-ordinator
                                                              Opera                                                  Ethel Harris, The Audrey S. Hellyer Charitable Foundation,
Canadian Opera Company                                                                                               Patrick & Barbara Keenan, The Hal Jackman Fund at the Ontario
227 Front St. E.                                                                                                     Arts Foundation, Jo Lander, Ruby Mercer Fund, George Cedric
                                                              Composer                                               Metcalf Charitable Foundation, Roger D. Moore Ensemble Studio
Toronto, ON M5A 1E8
                                                                                                                     Endowment Fund, RBC Foundation, The Slaight Family, The
                                                                                                                     Stratton Trust, William and Phyllis Waters, and an anonymous
Tel: 416-363-6671 Fax: 416-363-5584                                                                                  donor.
E-mail: ensemble@coc.ca coc.ca                           5.
                                                              Aria
Successful applicants will be notified by telephone
of audition/interview location and time. All materials        Opera
                                                                                                                     Cover: Erin Fisher as Idamante and Laura Albino as Ilia
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submitted become the property of the Canadian                                                                        in the Ensemble Studio performance of Idomeneo, 2010.
Opera Company and will not be returned.                       Composer                                               Photo: Michael Cooper