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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

Long Reach Opera Workshop is an incorporated not-for-profit organization that provides emerging singers with specialized training to complement their university education. LROW takes place in the heart of downtown Toronto, the world’s most multicultural city.

Please Donate now to the LROW Scholarship Fund.

Le nozze di Figaro

2019 Program: Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro

Trinity St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor Street West, Toronto
7:30pm, Wednesday, June 26
7:30pm, Thursday, June 27
7:30pm, Friday, June 28
Tickets: $20 / $10 for students & seniors / free admission for LROW alumni

Tickets available at: Ticketscene (link).

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Performances and performers:

  JUNE 26 & 28 CAST JUNE 27 CAST
Figaro Gene Wu Patrick McIntosh
Susanna Emily Rocha Julia Frodyma
Count Almaviva Nicholas Higgs Nicholas Higgs
The Countess Christina Yun Abigail Veenstra
Cherubino Alessia Vitali Lauren Halasz
Marcellina Elisabeth Saint-Gelais Sarah Nearing
Bartolo Patrick McIntosh Gene Wu
Antonio Ian Green Ian Green
Barbarina Emily Steers Chloe Matamaros
Basilio & Don Curzio Jeffrey Smith Jeffrey Smith
Contadine / Coro Gabrielle Brochu Gabrielle Brochu
  Chloe Matamaros Emily Steers


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

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.