Established in 2007 by internationally acclaimed Canadian tenor, Richard Margison, and former Metropolitan Opera stage director, Valerie Kuinka, the Highlands Opera Studio is an advanced intensive professional training program for emerging opera professionals. Chosen through competitive audition from applicants across Canada and internationally, Highlands Opera Studio takes place for 5-6 weeks in August, in the Central Ontario town of Haliburton.

Coming events

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17/08/2019 @ 12:00 am – An exploration of women as characters and creators in existing and new opera, featuring Puccinis Suor Angelica (50 minutes, fully-staged w/English Surtitles) followed by two newly created works from winners of a new prize, created by Musique 3 Femmes, honouring emerging Canadian women composers and librettists. A panel discussion will follow the performance. SUOR ANGELICA […]

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26/08/2019 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm – What happens when a light hearted circus group and a serious opera company are unexpectedly thrust into a situation where they have to perform exactly at the same time?..! Join us for R. Strauss’ hilarious sitcom of an opera, presented in German & English, with English Surtitles. Pre-performance chat 45 minutes before performance. Celebrity guest […]

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25/08/2019 @ 2:00 pm – 4:15 pm – What happens when a light hearted circus group and a serious opera company are unexpectedly thrust into a situation where they have to perform exactly at the same time?..! Join us for R. Strauss’ hilarious sitcom of an opera, presented in German & English, with English Surtitles. Pre-performance chat 45 minutes before performance. Celebrity guest […]

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24/08/2019 @ 2:00 pm – 4:15 pm – What happens when a light hearted circus group and a serious opera company are unexpectedly thrust into a situation where they have to perform exactly at the same time?..! Join us for R. Strauss’ hilarious sitcom of an opera, presented in German & English, with English Surtitles. Pre-performance chat 45 minutes before performance. Celebrity guest […]

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27/07/2019 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Audit lessons with internationally acclaimed tenor and vocal pedagogue, Richard Margison, as he works with the 2019 HOS singers. If you like watching The Voice or American Idol, you’ll love the Masterclasses! TICKETS ALSO AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR.

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26/07/2019 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Audit lessons with internationally acclaimed tenor and vocal pedagogue, Richard Margison, as he works with the 2019 HOS singers. If you like watching The Voice or American Idol, you’ll love the Masterclasses! TICKETS ALSO AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR.

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22/08/2019 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm – What happens when a light hearted circus group and a serious opera company are unexpectedly thrust into a situation where they have to perform exactly at the same time?..! Join us for R. Strauss’ hilarious sitcom of an opera, presented in German & English, with English Surtitles. Pre-performance chat 45 minutes before performance. Celebrity guest […]

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20/08/2019 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm – Hear singers from previous years of the Highlands Opera Studio in opera and musical theatre favourites! Featuring soprano Mikayla Sager (HOS ‘17), mezzo-soprano Danielle MacMillan (HOS ‘15, & ‘16), & baritone Samuel Chan. (HOS ‘16 & ‘17). TICKETS ALSO AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR.

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15/08/2019 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm – An exploration of women as characters and creators in existing and new opera, featuring Puccinis Suor Angelica (50 minutes, fully-staged w/English Surtitles) followed by two newly created works from winners of a new prize, created by Musique 3 Femmes, honouring emerging Canadian women composers and librettists. A panel discussion will follow the performance. SUOR ANGELICA […]

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10/08/2019 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm – Imagine yourself in the salons of past centuries and enjoy the unique beauty of exquisite poetry brought to life through voice & piano. Repertoire in various languages, including English. TICKETS ALSO AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR.

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07/08/2019 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm – Marking the anniversaries of Offenbach, Leoncavallo, and others. A mixture of operetta, opera & musical theatre. TICKETS ALSO AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR.

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03/08/2019 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm – A mixture of opera and musical theatre favourites sung by 2019 Highlands Opera Studio participants. TICKETS ALSO AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR.

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31/07/2019 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm – The 2019 participants of the Highlands Opera Studio present some of the best loved works from the world of Opera and Musical Theatre. TICKETS ALSO AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR.

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25/07/2019 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Audit lessons with internationally acclaimed tenor and vocal pedagogue, Richard Margison, as he works with the 2019 HOS singers. If you like watching The Voice or American Idol, you’ll love the Masterclasses! TICKETS ALSO AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR.

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31/08/2017 @ 7:30 pm – 12:00 am – Will she?…or won’t she? Mozart’s popular romantic comedy about testing love! Performed in Italian with English Surtitles

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29/08/2017 @ 7:30 pm – 12:00 am – Will she?…or won’t she? Mozart’s popular romantic comedy about testing love! Performed in Italian with English Surtitles

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30/08/2017 @ 7:30 pm – 12:00 am – Will she?…or won’t she? Mozart’s popular romantic comedy about testing love! Performed in Italian with English Surtitles

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27/08/2017 @ 2:00 pm – 12:00 am – Will she?…or won’t she? Mozart’s popular romantic comedy about testing love! Performed in Italian with English Surtitles

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23/08/2017 @ 8:00 pm – 12:00 am – Hear your favourite Highlands Opera Studio singers from previous years in opera and musical theatre favorites! (Please refer to website for list of performers.)

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19/08/2017 @ 8:00 pm – 12:00 am – Songs and music performed by the participants of Highlands Opera Studio 2017 from the past 150 Years by and about Canadians!

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19/08/2017 @ 8:00 pm – 12:00 am – Experience this important NEW WORK combining opera and First Nations singers and instrumentalists, created for HOS by Odawa composer, Barbara Croall, in its very first public semi-staged workshop performance! Performed in Odawa, MŽtis French, and English, with English Surtitles. Supported by Canadian Heritage: Canada 150 Fund and Canada Council for the Arts New Chapter Fund.

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12/08/2017 @ 8:00 pm – 12:00 am – The participants of the 2017 Highlands Opera Studio, chosen from across Canada through competitive audition, present some of the best loved works from the world of opera and the musical stage. Hear solos, duets and ensemble selections from famous productions around the world. A different program is presented for each of the concerts so be […]

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09/08/2017 @ 8:00 pm – 12:00 am – The 2017 participants of the Highlands Opera Studio, chosen from across Canada, present some of the best loved works from the world of opera and the musical stage. Hear solos, duets and ensemble selections from famous productions around the world. A different program is presented for each of the concerts so be sure to see […]

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05/08/2017 @ 7:00 pm – 12:00 am – Meet the singers of Highlands Opera Studio 2017, chosen through competitive audition from across Canada, and hear them work with internationally acclaimed Canadian tenor and pedagogue, Richard Margison. This is a great opportunity to hear advice from the best on how to make great singing even better! If you’re curious about opera, but not sure […]

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03/08/2017 @ 7:00 pm – 12:00 am – Meet the singers of Highlands Opera Studio 2017, chosen through competitive audition from across Canada, and hear them work with internationally acclaimed Canadian tenor and pedagogue, Richard Margison. This is a great opportunity to hear advice from the best on how to make great singing even better! If you’re curious about opera, but not sure […]

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04/08/2017 @ 7:00 pm – 12:00 am – Meet the singers of Highlands Opera Studio 2017, chosen through competitive audition from across Canada, and hear them work with internationally acclaimed Canadian tenor and pedagogue, Richard Margison. This is a great opportunity to hear advice from the best on how to make great singing even better! If you’re curious about opera, but not sure […]