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Culture Days will return September 20 – October 13, 2024.

  • COC Teaching Artist Sonja Rainey guides viewers through building a mini-set in Video 4: Setting the Stage (photo: COC).
  • Painting at one of the COC's creative workshops for youth (photo: COC).
  • Kids taking part in creative activities with the COC (photo: Gaetz Photography).
  • COC Teaching Artist Makenzie Morgan gives a primer on How to Sing Like an Opera Singer in Video 2 of the Opera Makers series (photo: COC).

Opera Makers: Activities For Young Creatives


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This activity runs the duration of Culture Days.


Old Toronto, ON



Offered in English.

Offers closed captioning or subtitles.


Opera Makers: Activities for Young Creatives is a series of quick-bite videos for young people (ages 7-12) to explore and try their hand at all the art forms that make up opera.

Led by the Canadian Opera Company's acclaimed teaching artists, topics range from singing and composing to movement and design. By the end of each interactive tutorial, participants will learn how opera relies on many different kinds of storytelling to create drama and emotion.

Video 1: Learn about diction by practicing tricky tongue twisters

Video 2: No music experience required to learn how to sing like an opera singer!

Video 3: Learn how melodies and motifs in music shape how an audience feels

Video 4: Dive into set design by creating your own mini-set

Video 5: "Reci-what?" Learn how operas use "recitative" to tell the story

Video 6: Create your own tune in our Composer's Corner

Video 7: Get up and get moving to boost your body and brain!

Video 8: Using audience-submitted words, we've created a "Mad Libs" aria (song)!


Canadian Opera Company

The Canadian Opera Company is the largest producer of opera in Canada and one of the largest in North America. The company has an international reputation for artistic excellence and creative innovation. In addition to attracting the world's leading opera talent, it serves as an incubator for the next generation through its COC Academy, which nurtures Canada's new wave of opera creators with customized training and support. The COC's performance home, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, is hailed internationally as one of the finest opera houses in the world.


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