Summer Modern Intensive

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Building upon last summer’s successful intensive training program, Against the Grain Theatre joins University of Toronto Opera to immerse established and emerging artists in a two-week program focusing on the exciting canon of modern-contemporary works. This intensive is meant to prioritize individual artistic needs in the middle of August when audition season is just around the corner. And by looking at the hidden gems of opera’s 20th/21st century treasures, AtG and UofT provide valuable insight to artists as they aim to develop, specialize and perfect their modern opera roles. Against the Grain Theatre’s outside the box approach to traditional opera matched with UofT Opera’s educational excellence is quickly establishing as a hub for singers to learn and perform.  “As a graduate of this storied institution, my foundation for opera was built at U of T Opera. Our General Manager, Jonathan MacArthur is also a graduate of this program and together we couldn’t be more thrilled to partner with Sandra and Michael,” says Against the Grain Artistic Director, Joel Ivany.

Over the course of two-weeks, singers will take part in masterclasses, movement classes, staging, daily one-on-one coaching sessions, perform in Opera Pub and end the program performing modern opera scenes with both the performers and audience members right on the MacMillan Theatre Stage.

The culmination of the program will result in “This is Prophetic!” — A modern opera scenes program directed by UofT co-Head of Faculty Michael Albano and AtG Founder & Artistic Director Joel Ivany. Ticket are currently available and for sale from $20 — $27. All tickets are General Admission: all patrons will choose their seats when they arrive to the theatre.

This is Prophetic!
August 21 & 22 at 7:30 pm
MacMillan Theatre
80 Queens Park, Toronto, Ontario


MacMillan Theatre in the Edward Johnson Building
University of Toronto, Faculty of Music
80 Queens Park, Toronto, Ontario

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Photos: Darryl Block Photography


Voice Faculty:
Miriam Khalil
Heidi Melton
Karen Cargill

Music Faculty:
Sandra Horst
Nathan Brock
Andrea Grant
David Eliakis
Rachael Kerr
Brandon Tran

Stage Direction/Acting Faculty:
Joel Ivany
Michael Albano

Lighting/Set Design Faculty:
Jason Hand

Stage Management Faculty:
Lesley Abarquez

Gwen Yearwood
Julie Ekker
Brittany Rae
Christina Lanz
Morgan Reid
Lauren Halasz
Caroline Stanczyk
Nolan Kehlar
Anna Boyes
Amy Moodie
Jocelyn Fralick
Stephanie Sedlbauer
Whitney Sloan
McKenzie Warriner
Sarah Parkin
Charlotte Stewart-Juby
Alasdair Campbell
Dani Agostino
Madison Angus
Virginie Mongeau
Carmen Sprecht