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With fascinating performances and tremendous talent, COSA Canada: The Centre for Opera Studies & Appreciation makes a place for you! We lift your well-being with the transforming experiences of Canada's emerging opera artists. We excite the music in everyone!

COSA Canada (cosacanada.org) is a registered Canadian charitable organization.  

Its activities include the sponsorship and support in Canada of the "COSI Connection", originating from its part in the 2007 launch of the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy (cosiprogram.com). 

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Endymion's Dream (Lune Cast)
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Endymion's Dream (Lune Cast)

Link to Program: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1car1UCFLzHGE2QxRep6bdiJELcrkFo2V/view?usp=sharing A Note from the Director: In Greek mythology, Endymion was a beautiful youth who lived most of his life in perpetual sleep. In one telling, Zeus offered Endymion anything that he might wish for, and so that he might remain youthful forever, Endymion chose to exist in everlasting sleep. According to another version, Zeus inflicted this eternal sleep on Endymion as a punishment because he attempted to have an affair with Zeus’s wife, Hera. In all cases, the sleeping Endymion was loved by Selene, the Goddess of the moon, who visited him every night as he lay asleep in a cave on Mount Latmus. Another common form of the myth represents Endymion as having been put to sleep by Selene herself so that she might enjoy his beauty, undisturbed. In this re-telling of the story of Selene and Endymion, we explore our obsession with youth, distraction, voyeurism, and where we go when we enter our most vulnerable state: sleep. In this re-telling of the story of Endymion and Selene, we explore our obsession with youth, distraction, voyeurism, and where we go when we enter our most vulnerable state: sleep. As the world falls further into chaos before our eyes, let us consider the power of our collective consciousness. CAST LUNE Selene: Ariane Cossette Endymion: Corey Arnold Ensemble: Michal Aloni, Marianick Benoit, Ana Isabella Castro, Michaela Chiste, Corinne Darche, Ryan Downey, Douglas Graham, Jun Lam (Wesley) Hui, Mario Jardon, Kathryn Johnston, Sarah Kaye Klapman, Chelsea Kolic, Cristina Lanz, Emma Mansell, Amy Moodie, Sarah Nearing, Georgia Perdikoulias, Arieh Sacke, Stephanie Sedlbauer, Celeste Thordarson, Katherine Trussler, Teresa Tucci, McKenzie Warriner, Frank Yu, Christina Yun, Yuhan Zhao Director : Renée Salewski Music Director and Pianist: Jamie Hillman Music Director: Darryl Edwards Composer: Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Librettist: C.R.B. Barrett Additional Text: Renée Salewski Executive Producer: COSA Canada Video Editor: Dre Rivas Audio Editor and Designer: Jun Lam Wesley Hui Production Manager: Morgan Reid Production Assistant: Stephanie Sedlbauer Producer: Renée Salewski Scheduler and Assistant to the Director: Alexandra Weintraub Post Production Team: Renée Salewski, Jun Lam Wesley Hu, and Dre Rivas COMING UP NEXT... COSA Creative Presents: Canadian Songscapes Dates TBA Want to support our productions + young artists? Donate here: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/centre-for-opera-studies-and-appreciation/
Endymion's Dream (Moon Cast)
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Endymion's Dream (Moon Cast)

Link to Program: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1car1UCFLzHGE2QxRep6bdiJELcrkFo2V/view?usp=sharing A Note from the Director: In Greek mythology, Endymion was a beautiful youth who lived most of his life in perpetual sleep. In one telling, Zeus offered Endymion anything that he might wish for, and so that he might remain youthful forever, Endymion chose to exist in everlasting sleep. According to another version, Zeus inflicted this eternal sleep on Endymion as a punishment because he attempted to have an affair with Zeus’s wife, Hera. In all cases, the sleeping Endymion was loved by Selene, the Goddess of the moon, who visited him every night as he lay asleep in a cave on Mount Latmus. Another common form of the myth represents Endymion as having been put to sleep by Selene herself so that she might enjoy his beauty, undisturbed. In this re-telling of the story of Selene and Endymion, we explore our obsession with youth, distraction, voyeurism, and where we go when we enter our most vulnerable state: sleep. In this re-telling of the story of Endymion and Selene, we explore our obsession with youth, distraction, voyeurism, and where we go when we enter our most vulnerable state: sleep. As the world falls further into chaos before our eyes, let us consider the power of our collective consciousness. CAST MOON Selene: Gwendolyn Yearwood Endymion: Ryan Downey Ensemble: Michal Aloni, Marianick Benoit, Ana Isabella Castro, Michaela Chiste, Corinne Darche, Ryan Downey, Douglas Graham, Jun Lam (Wesley) Hui, Mario Jardon, Kathryn Johnston, Sarah Kaye Klapman, Chelsea Kolic, Cristina Lanz, Emma Mansell, Amy Moodie, Sarah Nearing, Georgia Perdikoulias, Arieh Sacke, Stephanie Sedlbauer, Celeste Thordarson, Katherine Trussler, Teresa Tucci, McKenzie Warriner, Frank Yu, Christina Yun, Yuhan Zhao Director : Renée Salewski Music Director and Pianist: Jamie Hillman Music Director: Darryl Edwards Composer: Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Librettist: C.R.B. Barrett Additional Text: Renée Salewski Executive Producer: COSA Canada Video Editor: Dre Rivas Audio Editor and Designer: Jun Lam Wesley Hui Production Manager: Morgan Reid Production Assistant: Stephanie Sedlbauer Producer: Renée Salewski Scheduler and Assistant to the Director: Alexandra Weintraub Post Production Team: Renée Salewski, Jun Lam Wesley Hu, and Dre Rivas COMING UP NEXT... COSA Creative Presents: Canadian Songscapes Dates TBA Want to support our productions + young artists? Donate here: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/centre-for-opera-studies-and-appreciation/
The Pirates of Penzance - Poetry Cast - A COSA Canada Presentation
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The Pirates of Penzance - Poetry Cast - A COSA Canada Presentation

Link to Program: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1533z-BWYydOjSeZ9-fBpNgB0vDCFrjLQ/view?usp=sharing Link to Lyrics: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1fhPvjmKFaeXdW7l4WRZMSaCHpPqAzQ2y/view?usp=sharing First, we meet Samuel, the first mate, Fred'ric, an indentured sailor, Ruth, Fred's protective and loving nursery maid of seventeen years, The Pirate King, captain of the vessel, and the rest of their shipmates, as they celebrate Fred's 21st birthday, and his resulting freedom. Bound by a keen sense of duty, Fred reveals his plan to set out, on his own, without Ruth, his protective and loving carer. Next, meet Edith, the funmaker, Kate, the intense one, Isobel, the peacekeeper, Mabel, the eldest, and the rest of the Stanley siblings. As they wander the coastline, isolated and maskless, they are rudely interrupted first by Fred, who is clumsy and insulting, then by his shipmates, who are rude and assuming. The Stanley Siblings take no sass from the patriarchal Pirates and have it completely under control until their Papa, General Stanley, arrives and "tells a terrible story" to “free”them from the Pirates' clutches... in the meantime, Mabel and Fred have totally fallen for one another. Will General Stanley's story save them? Who are these Pirates? How many times can a show have the word 'duty" in it? Cast & Crew Director : Renée Salewski Musical Director: Darryl Edwards Pianist: Suzy Smith Video Editors: Dre Rivas and Jun Lam Wesley Hui Audio Editor: Jun Lam Wesley Hui Production Manager: Morgan Reid Production Assistants: Stephanie Sedlbauer and Jun Lam Wesley Hui Scheduler: Alexandra Weintraub Poster Art: Alexandra Weintraub Revised Libretto: Renée Salewski CAST POETRY Mabel: Amy Moodie Edith: Daniela Agostino Kate: Charlotte Forknall Isobel: Thera Barclay Ruth: Cristina Lanz Frederic: Jacob Abrahamse Major General Stanley: Nolan Kehler Samuel: Douglas Graham Pirate King: Ryan Hofman Sergeant of Police: Jun Lam Wesley Hui STANLEY SIBLINGS, POLICE, AND PIRATES: Jun Lam Wesley Hui, Corinne Darche, Frank Yu, Mario Jardon , Yuhan Zhao, Celeste Thordarson, Marianick Benoit, and off-night leads. ABOUT COSA CANADA: "Performing the Extraordinary!" We founded The Centre for Opera Studies & Appreciation in 2006 and incorporated in 2009 to create essential experiences and training for Canada’s young and emerging opera artists. We grew enthusiastic audiences each step of the way, event after event, and excitement after excitement. Through our many performances and formats – online performances, house concerts, operas in concert, opera pops, stage premieres of new productions, church and school concerts, doorstep serenades, public masterclasses, and restaurant "Opera Night" events - we are making all the difference in lifting the lives of our audience members, artists, and hosts. AUDITIONS, CASTING: Stuart Barker (British Youth Opera), Leslie Dala (Vancouver Opera), Nathalie Doucet (Conservatorium van Amsterdam), Christina Haldane (Dalhousie University), Shannon Hiebert (University of Alberta), Marion Newman (Amplified Opera and Association for Opera in Canada), Patrick Raftery (University of British Columbia), Lisa Roy (Université de Moncton), Vicki St. Pierre (Mount Allison University), Howard Watkins (Metropolitan Opera).
The Pirates of Penzance - Prose Cast - A COSA Canada Presentation
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The Pirates of Penzance - Prose Cast - A COSA Canada Presentation

Link to Program: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1533z-BWYydOjSeZ9-fBpNgB0vDCFrjLQ/view?usp=sharing Link to Lyrics: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1fhPvjmKFaeXdW7l4WRZMSaCHpPqAzQ2y/view?usp=sharing First, we meet Samuel, the first mate, Fred'ric, an indentured sailor, Ruth, Fred's protective and loving nursery maid of seventeen years, The Pirate King, captain of the vessel, and the rest of their shipmates, as they celebrate Fred's 21st birthday, and his resulting freedom. Bound by a keen sense of duty, Fred reveals his plan to set out, on his own, without Ruth, his protective and loving carer. Next, meet Edith, the funmaker, Kate, the intense one, Isobel, the peacekeeper, Mabel, the eldest, and the rest of the Stanley siblings. As they wander the coastline, isolated and maskless, they are rudely interrupted first by Fred, who is clumsy and insulting, then by his shipmates, who are rude and assuming. The Stanley Siblings take no sass from the patriarchal Pirates and have it completely under control until their Papa, General Stanley, arrives and "tells a terrible story" to “free”them from the Pirates' clutches... in the meantime, Mabel and Fred have totally fallen for one another. Will General Stanley's story save them? Who are these Pirates? How many times can a show have the word 'duty" in it? Cast & Crew Director : Renée Salewski Musical Director: Darryl Edwards Pianist: Suzy Smith Video Editors: Dre Rivas and Jun Lam Wesley Hui Audio Editor: Jun Lam Wesley Hui Production Manager: Morgan Reid Production Assistants: Stephanie Sedlbauer and Jun Lam Wesley Hui Scheduler: Alexandra Weintraub Poster Art: Alexandra Weintraub Revised Libretto: Renée Salewski CAST PROSE Mabel: Thera Barclay Edith: Sophia Mackey Kate: Ana Castro Isobel: Amy Moodie Ruth: Cristina Lanz Frederic: Laren Steppler Major General Stanley: Tim Wright Samuel: Carlo Cormier Pirate King: Peter Bass Sergeant of Police: Wes Hui STANLEY SIBLINGS, POLICE, AND PIRATES: Wes Hui, Corinne Darche, Frank Yu, Mario Jardon , Yuhan Zhao, Celeste Thordarson, Marianick Benoit, and off-night leads. ABOUT COSA CANADA: "Performing the Extraordinary!" We founded The Centre for Opera Studies & Appreciation in 2006 and incorporated in 2009 to create essential experiences and training for Canada’s young and emerging opera artists. We grew enthusiastic audiences each step of the way, event after event, and excitement after excitement. Through our many performances and formats – online performances, house concerts, operas in concert, opera pops, stage premieres of new productions, church and school concerts, doorstep serenades, public masterclasses, and restaurant "Opera Night" events - we are making all the difference in lifting the lives of our audience members, artists, and hosts. AUDITIONS, CASTING: Stuart Barker (British Youth Opera), Leslie Dala (Vancouver Opera), Nathalie Doucet (Conservatorium van Amsterdam), Christina Haldane (Dalhousie University), Shannon Hiebert (University of Alberta), Marion Newman (Amplified Opera and Association for Opera in Canada), Patrick Raftery (University of British Columbia), Lisa Roy (Université de Moncton), Vicki St. Pierre (Mount Allison University), Howard Watkins (Metropolitan Opera).
 
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Open ONLINE Audition Call
Check back for more info. for 2022-2023!

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GIVE  and  GET INVOLVED!

Your support is important to our work at COSA Canada. There are many ways you can contribute towards our work and events. Every little bit that you commit goes a long way in helping us fulfill our important mission together.

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Volunteer Your Time

Want to join our efforts but not sure where to start? Volunteer Your Time and take advantage of this incredible opportunity to lend your support. Helping with tickets, programs, front of house, pre-performance, and production tasks are all interactive ways to be part of our mission. Get in touch with us today for more details about how you can help.

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Make a Donation

We always appreciates the generosity and involvement of people like you, with every contribution going towards making COSA Canada even more effective. We want to provide you with the correct and appropriate information pertaining to your mode of support. Please do contact us with your questions.

REMEMBERING AND LEAPING FORWARD:
WITH VISIONS OF IN-PERSON PERFORMANCE! 

 

Beyond our extraordinary online season, we are boldly making change with captivating in-person programs for 2022-2023.

We are ready for our return invitations to schools, churches, professional associations and community organizations
We share in music the stories of the ages; we are transformed to a new height and depth of awareness. This is when we are most alive!

Mozart's 

Apollo & Hyacinth!

Fiddler on the Roof
for the
CONCERTS at 100
Performance Series!

HMS Pinafore in a concert
with the Kingston Youth Orchestra!

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About Us: 
An Artistic Infusion!

SHARING OUR STORIES 

COSA Canada invites you to join us in its vibrant and personal experiences.

We are excitedly nurturing the artist-audience-sponsor circle, highlighting Canada’s emerging opera professionals while enriching everyone's well-being and

quality of life. 

We founded The Centre for Opera Studies & Appreciation in 2006 and incorporated in 2009 to create essential experiences and training for Canada’s young and emerging opera artists. We grew enthusiastic audiences each step of the way, event after event, and excitement after excitement.  

Through our many performances and formats - house concerts, operas in concert, opera pops, stage premieres of new productions, church and school concerts, doorstep serenades, public masterclasses, and restaurant "Opera Night" events, we are making all the difference in lifting the lives of our

audience members, artists, and hosts. 

 
 

Our Performance History

SINCE 2006

COSA NOW! 

The ART of LOVE. Animated Contemporary Opera. Online PREMIERE, 2021

Il GIUDIZIO di PIGMALIONE. New Opera Workshop, 2019

SHOT! THE STORY OF D'ARCY McGEE. PREMIERE, 2017

MIRACLE FLIGHT 571. PREMIERE, 2016 

SWOON. Contemporary Opera, 2016

FÜHRERBUNKER. PREMIERE, 2015

CASANOVA. Contemporary Opera, 2015

The WINGS of the DOVE. PREMIERE, 2013

 

COSA CLASSICS

La CLEMENZA di TITO. 2021

La BOHÈME. 2019

The MERRY WIDOW. 2018

The THREEPENNY OPERA. 2018

 

COSA CREATIVE

QUEENS and MARTYRS:  2021

COSA FAMILY

The SHOP GIRL. REVISED; REVIVAL, 2021.

MOZART at 11: APOLLO & HYACINTH. 2017, 2019, 2020

WAGGING TALES! 2020

FIDDLER on the ROOF. 2016, 2019 

 

COSA LIGHT

TRIAL by JURY & HMS PINAFORE. 2019

RUDDIGORE. 2018

The YEOMEN of the GUARD. 2015 

HMS PINAFORE. 2014

The GONDOLIERS. 2013

The MIKADO. 2012

The PIRATES of PENZANCE. 2011
 

COSA POPS!

Themed Opera Pops Concerts Since 2006

Our Mission

 

To produce music performances for the purposes of educating and advancing the public’s understanding and appreciation of music, and to educate artists through participation in such performances and related workshops.

To educate and increase the public’s understanding and appreciation of music by providing performances in public places, churches, community centres and educational institutions.

To educate and increase the public’s understanding and appreciation of music by providing seminars on topics relating to such performances.

Katherine Whyte, soprano
 

Contact COSA Canada

(416) 766-7817

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Our Partners & Friends

COSA Canada is thriving because of the active support of these organizations and the caring people within them. THANK YOU!

Sponsor one of our events, and become a  PERFORMANCE PARTNER.

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Lakefield United Church

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St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church Markham

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Verity

Toronto Women's Club

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BRAVO ACADEMY for

the Performing Arts

Bel Canto Foundation for the Advancement of Italian-Canadian Heritage and Opera

Bel Canto Foundation for the Advancement of Italian-Canadian Heritage and Opera

Advocates' Society
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The Advocates' Society

Kingston Youth Orchestra,

Hugh Johnston, Conductor

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Connecting the Arts, Communications and Technology

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