Go Behind-the-Scenes of the Opera with the COC Ensemble Studio at Union

Mezzo-soprano Simone McIntosh with pianists Rachael Kerr and Stéphane Mayer | Photo by Chris Hutcheson

The halls of the West Wing have been alive with music this month! Our holiday stage has been graced with amazing Canadian talent, and the performance we have planned for December 21st is no exception.

This Thursday, enjoy your lunch hour in the West Wing, and get a behind-the-scenes experience of the Opera. Members of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio will be rehearsing live at Union station, and the West Wing will be filled with melodic arias, and songs of the holiday season!

The COC Ensemble Studio is Canada’s premier training program for young opera professionals. Since the inception of the program in 1980, over 230 young professional Canadian singers, opera coaches, stage directors and conductors have acquired their first major professional operatic experience.

You’re invited to peek behind the curtain as they rehearse a number of different musical scenarios. They’ll try different languages, volumes, and speeds, all in a quest to expand their already pre-eminent skills, and find the most powerful musical presentation.

Taking you on this operatic adventure are the following talented artists:

Simone McIntosh
Mezzo-Soprano 

Photo by Gaetz Photography 

Megan Quick
Mezzo-Soprano 

Photo by Gaetz Photography 

Rachael Kerr
Pianist

Photo by Gaetz Photography 

Liz Upchurch
Head of the COC Ensemble Studio
& Event MC
 

Photo by Chris Hutcheson

Join us this Thursday, December 21st, from 12pm – 1pm, and be delighted by music and the Opera in the West Wing!

The COC Ensemble Studio, underwritten in part by Peter M. Deeb, Marjorie and Roy Linden, Sheila K. Piercey, RBC Foundation and The Slaight Family Foundation, is Canada’s premier training program for young opera professionals and provides advanced instruction, hands-on experience, and career development opportunities. The Ensemble Studio is also supported by the Government of Canada, the Hal Jackman Foundation and other generous donors.

Read More—

Public Proposal Advice

This month we’re celebrating Connection at Union Station and as February 14th approaches, couples are marking the date with special dinners (including Amano’s delicious Valentine’s special), great gifts and for some, quite a big question! Union Station has played host...

read more

Station Signals: Connection

As we evolve from our transformation theme of January, the team at Union is excited to announce that this month, we are looking at The Possibility of Connection.  Whether it is the celebration of love on Valentine’s Day, a new beginning as we pass into the Chinese New...

read more

A Breakfast Transformation

January is quickly coming to a close which means it’s a pretty good time to check in with those New Year resolutions. It’s only been 4 weeks but those commitments might just feel like a lifetime ago!

read more
Share This