LONG REACH OPERA WORKSHOP
Dr. Michael Donovan & Anne-Marie Donovan, Co-Artistic Directors
June 19 – July 8, 2017
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.
The Consul by Gian Carlo Menotti
“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?
- LROW is an intimate, in-depth opera immersion.
- We focus on the performer – there is no big set & costume design.
- We apply the training directly to learning, staging and performing a role.
- We train rounded singer-actors.
- We ensure that each participant has an opportunity to shine.
- We create an environment that is supportive, challenging and fun.
- We strive for excellence in everything we do.
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 met 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.
“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
When & Where
Monday, June 19 – Saturday, July 8, 2017
McClure Hall, 300 Bloor Street West, Toronto
Performances: 8pm, July 7 &2pm, July 8, 2017
Walmer Centre Theatre, 188 Lowther Avenue, Toronto
Tuition for this three-week workshop is $1500 per student.
Students are in charge of their own accommodation in Toronto. LROW has a discount program with a nearby hotel where students may opt to share accommodation with fellow workshop participants.