Explore a well-loved opera, workshop a piece of music with your vocal class, or learn about writing your own libretto – it’s up to you! Contact us to begin crafting a completely custom workshop.*

"This thrill and appreciation of opera (and of all art forms) is a critical part of an education curriculum which ensures an understanding and appreciation that in art and music, one can find inspiration, joy, escapism, awe and humanistic insight – which to me, are all very necessary elements of character development.” Teacher, Dundas Public School

Combine your workshop with a tour of the Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Opera Centre! Call Madelyn Wilkinson, School Programs Manager, at 416-306-2392 for details. 


Opera-specific workshops: Before you attend one of our mainstage operas, work with a COC artist educator to learn about the plot, characters, and music of the opera through a vocal, drama, or design workshop. Or, after viewing an opera, delve further into these subjects and spark reflective classroom discussion. Through interactive activities and active engagement, students will explore what is important about the music, plot, and/or design of this production, and what professionals in each field need to consider when staging it. 

Voice workshops: Bring an opera singer into your school to work on a piece of music or help re-affirm vocal technique.

Drama and Media Literacy workshops: Explore an opera story through movement and creative writing activities.  

Orchestral workshops: Invite a member from the COC orchestra to lead a master class with your strings or band classes. 

Visual arts focus: Invite an opera designer into your school to construct props, sets, or costumes to bring an opera or a non-opera story to life.



  • Careers in the arts
  • Music history
  • Vocal health for singers
  • Visual arts and design
  • Creating characters in drama presentations

Is there a specific part of the curriculum you’d like to focus on? Let us know and we’ll tailor your workshop for you!*

Grades/Age Range: School groups from K – 12, teachers
Location: Your location or the Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Opera Centre, 227 Front St. E.
Details: Schedules, content, duration, locations: customized for each group
Cost: Starts at $195 (plus HST) and varies according to length, location, content
Booking: Submit an inquiry form online or call Madelyn Wilkinson, School Programs Manager at 416-306-2392
*Please note: Workshops require six to eight weeks planning time from initial inquiry


Students participate in a movement workshop at Howard Park Jr. P.S. Photo: COC, 2012

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