Since its beginnings as the Opera School in 1946, UofT’s Opera program has built up an impressive list of alumni, including Jon Vickers, Teresa Stratas, Ermanno Mauro, Rosemarie Landry, Mark Pedrotti, Russell Braun, Adrianne Pieczonka, and Sally Dibblee.
Two full-scale productions with orchestra are presented annually in the MacMillan Theatre, which has one of the best-equipped opera stages in Canada. In addition, several smaller workshop performances are presented during the year.
Classes include individual and ensemble coaching in operatic repertoire, stage movement, acting, diction, dance, Alexander technique, master-classes, make-up and individual instruction in voice.
The Diploma program is also open to a small number of student repetiteurs and directors. Close links are maintained with the Canadian Opera Company; students may attend dress rehearsals, and events such as masterclasses and symposiums are presented jointly.