COSI 2020 Program:

July 1 - July 22, 2020 

Intensive Italian
Lessons, Coaching Sessions
Acting & Stagecraft Instruction
Courtyard & Cathedral Performances

Complete Role Study
Career Forums & Workshops



Mozart Così fan tutte: semi-staged

    Stuart Barker, Stage Director

    Kimberley-Ann Bartczak, Music Director

Opera Scenes: semi-staged

    Melissa Bencic, Stage Director

    Nathalie Doucet, Music Director

Mozart Requiem soloists: with the

     Ensemble in Residence: Toronto Youth Choir

     Matthew Otto, Artistic Director

     Helen Becqué, Collaborative Pianist



The Centre for Opera Studies in Italy gratefully acknowledges the generous founding support of The Bel Canto Foundation for Italian Heritage and Opera.

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Opera & Opera Scenes


COSI is training-centred.

Here you signifcantly 

sing, act, communicate and

move - thriving as an artist

in your opera goals and career.


Stuart Barker: Director of Productions and Training: British Youth Opera.

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Laura Claycomb, soprano:

La Scala, Berlin Staatsoper,

French National Opera,

Houston Grand Opera, LA Opera.

Kimberley-Ann Bartczak, Calgary Opera:
Resident Conductor, and Music Director
of Calgary Opera Emerging Artists.

Opera Program: Mozart's Così fan tutte.

Are you a daring Despina? A formidable Don Alfonzo? An infatuated Dorabella? A flip-flopping Fiordiligi?


Are you a fervent Ferrando, a gobsmacked Guillelmo?

Mozart's Così fan tutte is a marvelous and mischievous comedy that will lift your skills and spirits. Our semi-staging will encompass full character development, and important foundational stage skills without compromising your process within a comparatively brief three-week program. COSI is about training you toward a professional standard, and build you in your personal power of achievement so you are ready to present yourself in auditions, and in full productions.

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The Opera Scenes Program is training-rich. It matches your strengths and elevates your areas for growth with richly fulfilling experiences and encouragement. We ideally customize your opportunities for learning in singing, staging, character development and stage interaction. Within a relatively brief three-week program, semi-staging with essential, purposeful, and well-honed movement is vital in building what you can know and do for sure, rather than rushing and skimming. Here you can safely and effectively put it all together in the performing moment - in ways you will remember. You will be immersed in the environment of time, care, tools and inspiration - to flourish.  Each COSI faculty member has been specifically chosen because of their renowned success in nurturing singers to their best, and beyond what they have know as their best so far.

Melissa Bencic, Stage Director and stage skills specialist.
Nathalie Doucet, Opera Coach.
Amsterdam Conservatorium,
Dutch National Opera Academy
From Le nozze di Figaro: Kathryn Johnston as Susanna,
Alessia Vitalli as Cherubino.
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Charlotte Burrage, mezzo soprano


Ayako Otake, soprano; Braden Young, piano.