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Intensive summer opera training program

Dr. Michael Donovan & Anne-Marie Donovan, Co-Artistic Directors
June 3 - June 29, 2019
Downtown Toronto

A comprehensive training experience for aspiring singer-actors and opera directors wanting to further their skills over the summer. LROW takes place in the heart of downtown Toronto, the world's most multicultural city.

2019 Program: Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro

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Le nozze di Figaro

Quotation mark“I'd like to thank you for the wonderful program…I never had the impression that you were asking any more of us than we could actually give … and it was always clear that the program was for our benefit above all else.”
-Jeffrey Smith, 2016 participant

What makes LROW unique?


Monday, June 3 – Saturday, June 29, 2019
Performances: 7:30pm, June 28 & June 29, 2019

Our pledge to you:

Long Reach Opera Workshop places its focus squarely on the singer-actor. We work in an intimate, ensemble setting to develop rounded performers and we strive for excellence in everything we do. As a workshop participant, you will have the opportunity to develop your stagecraft while immersing yourself in an opera role. We create an environment that is supportive, challenging and fun. And you will experience the excitement of living in the heart of downtown Toronto, the world's most culturally diverse city.

Together, we will explore: What is the work of a singer-actor? What is it to have performer energy? How do I build a role? How do I physicalize my character's experience? How do I meet the demands of depicting a character while maintaining healthy vocal production? What is it to share the stage with other performers? What is this opera about? Where does my character fit into the world of the opera?

Each day is divided into music rehearsals, coachings, staging rehearsals, acting and movement classes, and ensemble training exercises. The workshop culminates in two fully staged public performances of a complete opera.

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Quotation mark“Thank you again for a wonderful three weeks! I learned so much from working with both of you. Thank you for making Long Reach an amazing experience.”
-Thera Barclay, 2016 participant


$2200 per student.
Students are in charge of their own accommodation in Toronto.