Cowtown Opera has become a signature artistic company of Calgary, surprising audiences with cheeky, English-language interpretations of operatic classics, remarkable vocal calibre, and daring new projects.
Cowtown Opera provides unique and entertaining performances that holler “Calgary!”
At Cowtown, we explore the intersection of classical and popular culture with innovative and contemporary performances.
Michelle Minke Founder and Artistic Director
In 2011 Cowtown Opera founder and Calgary native Michelle Minke grabbed the bull by the horns and acted on a vision to breathe new life into an art form that has traditionally been misunderstood as elitist and boring. She and business partner Carrie Kalmykov launched Cowtown Opera with a goal of breaking pre-conceived notions about opera and providing performance opportunities for local opera talent.
Under Michelle’s leadership as Artistic Director, Cowtown Opera has developed a reputation for high quality, entertaining, accessible and original productions. She was also instrumental in creating the Cowtown Opera Summer Academy at Mount Royal Conservatory, which has provided world-class training to aspiring opera singers since 2012.
Michelle received her opera training at the Royal Academy of Music in London England, Bachelor of Music and Masters in Vocal Pedagogy from the University of Toronto. Michelle is a recipient of the Mayors Enbridge Emerging Artists Award and was named top 40 Under 40 for Avenue Magazine. She was seen as a headliner for the 2013 Calgary Stampede Grandstand Show and has performed with the Canadian Opera Company, Calgary Opera, Cowtown Opera, the Anghiari Music Festival and numerous high-profile events in Calgary and across Canada.
Bethany Yon Executive Director
Bethany Yon holds a Masters of Music from Western University in London, Ontario and a Bachelor of Music from Ambrose University in Calgary, Alberta. Bethany has embraced advanced study opportunities with Accademia Europea Dell’Opera (AEDO), The Centre for Opera Studies in Italy (COSI), as well as Edmonton, Alberta’s Opera NUOVA. Active in the musical community in her home city, Bethany has worked with Concert Opera Company, Cowtown Opera, Calgary Opera Chorus, Classical Revolution, Calgary Pro Arts Society as well as throughout Canada and internationally. A passionate leader and manager, Bethany has, throughout her academic and professional careers, led in a vast array of administrative and business-centered capacities including conference and event planning, sponsorship generation and production management. Bethany has been recognized throughout her career as a recipient of the 2016 Calgary Arts Development Individual Artist Grant, the 2014 London Opera Guild Scholarship as well as the 2011 John Swindells Memorial Music Scholarship.
With a love for the Cowtown Opera Company community and message at the centre of her endeavours as Executive Director, Bethany strives to lead Cowtown to and through new and exciting stages of growth, development, recognition and advancement.
Aaron Coates Associate Artistic Director
A director, writer, and actor, Aaron has worked with Cowtown Opera on many productions including The Phantom of the Opera Sing-Along,
La Bohème, The Bachelor, Archibaldo, Prison Divas, The Secret Lives of Corporate Calgary, and NYC Meets YYC. He was also a co-librettist on Cowtown’s new opera Annie Davidson.
Aaron’s other directing credits include: The Magic Flute, The Scorpions’ Sting, Hansel and Gretel, Hannaraptor (Calgary Opera School Tours), The After Party, The Way of All Fish (Lunchbox Theatre), Dying City (Pangloss), The Old Neighborhood (Rogues Theatre), Iraq and Back (Ghost River Theatre).
Aaron studied acting at Mount Royal University and at École Philippe Gaulier in Paris. For ten years, he was the co-artistic producer and director of Dirty Laundry, Calgary’s live, improvised soap opera, where he directed over 150 episodes.
Lauren Woods Event Manager
Lauren, soprano, was thrilled to return home as one of Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artists this past year. Previously, she played the title role in Handel’s Rodelinda with McGill Opera, and was a finalist in the Wirth Vocal Competition. In 2015, Lauren was one of six Canadians invited to the International Belvedere competition in Amsterdam. Lauren completed a bachelor’s degree in Opera at UBC and a Master’s in Voice at McGill under the tutelage of Aline Kutan. Notable performances include Amy in Adamo’s Little Women, Adina in L’Elisir D’amore, Gretel in Hansel und Gretel, the Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute, Susanna in La Nozze di Figaro, Gilda in Rigoletto, Nannetta in Fals
Evan Mounce Resident Music Director
Pianist Evan Mounce enjoys a close association with Calgary Opera, Cowtown Opera, Cantaré Children’s Choir, and the Calgary Philharmonic Chorus. He also works as a freelancer; vocal coaching aspiring stars and fully-fledged ones including k.d. lang. Primarily a self-taught pianist (Piano for Dummies circa 2003), in 2015 Evan decided to get serious about lessons and currently studies with Kathleen van Mourik. Evan holds a MMus from the University of Toronto in saxophone performance. His favourite artistic collaboration is with his wife, soprano Laura Brandt, and may soon include music-making with their son – born July 29th!
Sara Staples COSA (Cowtown Opera Summer Academy) Artistic Director
Sara Staples, Mezzo-Soprano is an active performer across North America specializing in opera, concert work and in professional ensembles. She has performed the roles of Annie Davidson (Annie Davidson), Maria (The Sound of Music), La Suora Zelatrice (Suor Angelica), Fiamma with Mercury Opera, Hansel (Hansel and Gretel), Mercédès (Carmen), Doris Whithers (Mr. Moreover’s Magic), The Foreign Princess (Rusalka), Nancy (Albert Herring), Hermia (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Hora (Egisto). Equally at home on the concert stage, Sara has been featured as the Mezzo-Soprano soloist with The Richard Eaton Singers, The Bow Valley Chorus, The Wild West New Music Ensemble, The Calgary Bach Society, Symphony of the Vines, Luminous Voices, Spiritus Chamber Choir, Voicescapes and La Vie. She has also performed as a soloist at the Taipei International Choral Festival and the Boston Early Music Festival. Also an active recitalist, Ms. Staples has performed as a part of the Mountain View International Festival of Song, Chamber Music, The Paso Robles Paderewski Festival, The Sunday’s Live Concert series at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Casalmaggiore International Festival. Ms. Staples holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of North Texas and a Master of Music in Vocal Arts from the University of Southern California. Also a voice teacher in Calgary, Sara is passionate about arts education and the next generation of performing artists. She is thrilled to be the Artistic Director of the Cowtown Opera Summer Academy (COSA).
Ainsley Soutiere COSA (Cowtown Opera Summer Academy) Education Coordinator
Ainsley Soutiere is proud to be the Education Coordinator for the Cowtown Opera Summer Academy, as well as filling in some other administrative duties for Cowtown Opera in her spare time. She also works for the Rozsa Foundation, and for the Calgary Chapter of the International Women’s Form. Ainsley is thrilled to be keeping her feet wet in Calgary’s arts scene and is even more thrilled she gets to do it with Calgary’s only indie opera company!
Board of Directors
Cindy Royer - Accounting
Lorie Francescut - Box Office Manager
Aneta Pietras - Front of House Manager
Heleen Joubert - Volunteer Coordinator/Operational Support
Kaylee Somerville - Social Media Manager
For Cowtown Opera: NYC meets YYC
New to the scene, Bass-baritone Adam Brousseau is thrilled to be part of Cowtown Opera’s roster this year. Adam is a chorus member with Calgary Opera’s 2017/2018 season, and performs with Calgary Concert Opera and in upcoming collaborations with the Rocky Mountain Symphony Orchestra. Born in Calgary, Adam received his Bachelor of Arts from the UofC. He is an avid outdoorsman and multi-instrumentalist who spends his time hiking, practicing yoga, and cooking for friends.
For Cowtown Opera:
Meg (NYC Meets YYC), Sister Margaretta (Sound of Music “Sing-Along”); Mme. Giry/Chorus (Phantom of the Opera “Sing-Along”); Echo (Hansel and Gretel); Chorus/ Rosalinda understudy (Die Fledermaus)
The Baker’s Wife (Into the Woods), Susanna (The Marriage of Figaro), Mrs. Anderssen (A Little Night Music), Pitti-Sing (The Mikado).
Andrea received her MMus at the UMan, and her BMus at the ULeth. Andrea teaches voice and enjoys being a part of Cowtown’s “Random Acts of Culture”!
A highlight of her day is when her one-year-old pushes down the piano keys and sings along, or when her 5 year old daughter sings the “ha-ha”’s from Adele’s Laughing Song! Music is everywhere, just listen for it.
For Cowtown Opera: NYC Meets YYC
Elsewhere: Oklahoma!, Rent, Helga (Cabaret), Baker’s Wife (Into the Woods), Liz (Teenage Dream), and Piggy (Lord of the Flies).
Andrea is a Musical Theatre performer who holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama from the University of Calgary and is a graduate of the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts.Andrea’s other passions include hip hop and tap dance and eating sushi. Andrea is very excited to be performing in Calgary, and is happy to be close to the mountains again.
For Cowtown Opera: Maria (NYC Meets YYC), Tizzy and Ella understudy (Ella), Production Manager (Cowtown Cabaret), Production Manager (Annie Davidson Workshop), Roster Singer, Rosina role study/Chorus (The Barber of Cowtown), Sandman cover (Hansel and Gretel), Third Spirit (The Magic Flute)
Elsewhere: Dorabella (Cosi Fan Tutte), La Zia Principessa (Suor Angelica), Conception (L’Heure Espagnole), Bianca (The Rape of Lucretia), Abbess, Mistress of the Novices and Monitor (Suor Angelica), Mercedes cover (Carmen), Chorus (Calgary Opera).
Bethany holds a Masters of Music from Western University in London, Ontario and a Bachelor of Music from Ambrose University in Calgary. Bethany has been a featured soloist with Calgary Arts Orchestra, Calgary Concert Orchestra, London Opera Guild, Music Centre Canada, Classical Revolution, Calgary ProArts Society, Voicescapes, Opera NUOVA, Accademia Europea Dell’Opera, and the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy among others.
For Cowtown Opera: Ella (Ella:Cinderella Goes To Comic-con), Ava Maria (Full Tibetan, 10-Minute Play Festival), Chorus (Revenge of the Bat).
Elsewhere: Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro), Hansel (Hansel & Gretel), Dido (Dido & Aeneas), Bianca (The Rape of Lucretia).
Courtney earned her Bachelor of Music with distinction from the University of Lethbridge and her Master of Music from the University of Western Ontario where she was a winner of the Martista Brookes Concerto Competition, and is a proud alumna of Calgary Opera Emerging Artists. Recently she has performed at Calgary Opera’s “Opera in the Village” festival, CPO’s Education Series, University of Lethbridge Music at Noon, Bow Valley Chorus, ProArts Society, and Calgary Concert Opera. Courtney also enjoys cool mountain air, cinnamon buns, and teaching singing (Rosebud School for the Arts, and Forte Music).
For Cowtown Opera: Secret Lives of Corporate Calgary, NYC Meets YYC
Elsewhere: Calgary Opera (chorus member for over 10 seasons), Luke Williams (Disney’s Camp Rock), Simon Zealotes (Jesus Christ Superstar), Sancho (Man of La Mancha), Roger (A New Brain), Lord Tolloller (Iolanthe).
Eli has been featured with Morpheus Theatre, Front Row Centre, Cappuccino Theatre, and Storybook Theatre being honoured as nominee, and recipient of a Calgary Amateur Theatre Award for Best Supporting Actor. In addition to his work in opera, and musical theatre, Eli’s background includes extensive experience in the genres of soul, funk, and r&b through his involvement with the Calgary band DIG: District of Independent Groove.
For Cowtown Opera: Camera Man (The Bachelor)
Elsewhere: Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro), Dr. Dulcamara (L’Elisir D’Amore), Frank (Die Fledermaus), Papageno (The Magic Flute), Bob (The Old Maid and the Thief), Ben (The Telephone) and King Balthazar (Amahl and the Night Visitors).
Ian has just completed a bachelor’s degree in music at the University of Lethbridge. An avid performer both in theatre and opera, Ian has performed in Lethbridge, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver, performing with Opera NUOVA, the U of L Opera Workshop, the Lethbridge Symphony and ViVaCE. Ian also teaches voice in Calgary.
Soprano Laura Brandt has recently received praise for her portrayal of the Governess in The Turn of the Screw with Opera on the Avalon. “Splendid in the role …[was] the vibrant and expressive voice of Laura Brandt in the large and challenging role of the compassionate new Governess” (The Telegram). Laura recently finished two seasons as an Emerging Artist with Calgary Opera. Mainstage credits there include Frasquita (Carmen) and Peep-Bo (The Mikado). Other roles as an Emerging Artist include Aurore (Le Portrait de Manon), Gretel (Hansel and Gretel), and Female Chorus (The Rape of Lucretia).
Past highlights for Ms. Brandt include Elijah and Rutter’s Magnificat with the Calgary Festival Chorus, Parasha (Mavra) with Metro Youth Opera, Contessa (Le nozze di Figaro) with the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy, Sprechstimme in Pierrot Lunaire with the New England Conservatory Contemporary Ensemble, and Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) with NEC Opera. Laura recently made her debut with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra as “Miss Perfect Pitch” in their Superheroes Pops concert.
She has been a past student of the Vancouver International Song Institute, The Center for Opera Studies in Italy, OperaWorks, Opera Viva, Opera NUOVA and the St Andrew’s Summer Opera Workshop under the direction of Wendy Nielsen. Ms. Brandt is the recipient of grants from the Nova Scotia Talent Trust and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. She has a Master of Music in vocal performance from the New England Conservatory.
Lauren Woods, soprano, was thrilled to return home as one of Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artists this past year. Previously, she played the title role in Handel’s Rodelinda with McGill Opera, and was a finalist in the Wirth Vocal Competition. In 2015, Lauren was one of six Canadians invited to the International Belvedere competition in Amsterdam. Laurencompleted a bachelor’s degree in Opera at UBC and a Master’s in Voice at McGill under the tutelage of Aline Kutan. Notable performances include Amy in Adamo’s Little Women, Adina in L’Elisir D’amore, Gretel in Hansel und Gretel, the Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute, Susanna in La Nozze di Figaro, Gilda in Rigoletto, Nannetta in Fals
taff, and Despina in Cosi Fan Tutte. Aside from performing, Lauren is currently a voice and piano teacher in Calgary as well as the event coordinator for Cowtown Opera.
Leon Leontaridis is formerly of the Canadian Tenors and Pop-Opera group Destino. Recently he performed as a solo pop/rock/mainstream artist The Gentleman Leon. He has performed all over the world including the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Miss USA Pageant, Las Vegas, a cross-Canada Tour with the Rankin Family and Canadian country singer George Canyon.
Leon received his BMus in Performance from UVIC and currently teaches voice at The Conservatory at Mount Royal University, Calgary,AB. He is a sought after vocal/performance coach specializing in pop/musical theatre/contemporary music genres.
He performs regularly with Cowtown Opera Company, a new, young, hip opera company based in Calgary, AB, who’s mission is to make opera accessible to a mainstream audience. He is a multifaceted performer and is passionate about mentoring the next generation of singers and performers.
Soprano Lisa Mulgrew, born in Lethbridge Alberta holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Lethbridge, where she studied with Dr. George Evelyn and Dr. Sandra Stringer Conlon. She completed her Master of Music in Literature and Performance degree from Western University in London, Ontario spring 2015.
Lisa has embraced advanced study opportunities with programs across the country and abroad, including La Musica Lirica (Novafeltria Italy), Canadian Operatic Arts Academy (London Ontario), and Wendy Nielsen’s Vocal Technique Workshop (St. Andrews by the Sea, New Brunswick). Her most recent performances include ‘Cio-Cio-San’ in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly with La Musica Lirica, ‘Female Chorus’ in UWO Opera’s production of The Rape of Lucretia, and the ‘Mother’ in Amahl and the Night Visitors with the University of Lethbridge Opera Workshop.
In addition to performing, Lisa is a passionate advocate for music education and advancement, and teaches through the University of Lethbridge Music Conservatory as a private voice instructor and will also be the Assistant Conductor for the University of Lethbridge Singer’s 2016/17 season. Lisa is thrilled to be joining Cowtown’s Roster this year, and cannot wait to begin making beautiful moosic with her talented peers.
Matthew Bruce’s passion for the performing arts inspired him to study voice, acting, and dance at the Canadian College of Performing Arts in Victoria, BC.
Upon graduating, Mr. Bruce continued his vocal training at the Victoria Conservatory of Music and continued his artistic development in the Opera Studio program and studied privately with Ms. Nancy Argenta.
Mr. Bruce is a graduate of the Calgary Opera Emerging Artist Development Program and has performed the roles of Male Chorus (The Rape of Lucretia), Candide (Calgary Opera in the Village), Jonathan Dale (Silent Night), Le Dancaïre (Carmen), and Roderigo (Otello).
Mr. Bruce is thrilled to belong as a Roster Artist member and looks forward to sharing the love and enjoyment of music around the community www.matthewbrucetenor.com.
For Cowtown Opera: Cowtown Cabaret.
Elsewhere: Member of the Calgary Opera Chorus 2011-12 and 2016-17, Reno Sweeney (Anything Goes), Marcellina (The Marriage of Figaro), Oolie/Donna (City of Angels), Lady MacDuff (Nightshriek), various singing and dancing roles in The Drowsy Chaperone, The Wizard of Oz, Singin’ in the Rain, Shrek, West Side Story, Oklahoma, and others. Meaghan is a graduate of the Theatre Arts program at Grant MacEwan University, and holds a B.Mus. from the University of Alberta. She teaches Musical Theatre, ballet, and voice, and is a member of Calgary’s Double Treble women’s ensemble. Recently returned from a three-year adventure in Texas, Meaghan is excited to be part of Cowtown’s 2016-2017 season.
For Cowtown Opera: Roster singer
Elsewhere: Canadian Premiere of Ned Rorem’s Our Town as Mrs. Soames(Opera NUOVA, 2015), Mrs. Nolan in Menotti’s The Medium, Gianni Schicchi (Western University Opera Workshop) Lady Jane in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience, Forrester
‘s Wife and Owl in Janacek’s Cunning Little Vixen at Opera Nuova in Edmonton, and Bradamante in Handel’s Alcina at Accademia Europa Dell’Opera in Lucca, Italy.
Born and raised in Calgary, Meghan Goguen returns to her hometown after completing her MMus in London, ON in 2017 at Western University, studying with Jackie Short. Meghan enjoyed the privilege of participating in the
For Cowtown Opera: First Lady (The Magic Flute), Miss McLennan (Annie Davidson), Roster singer.
Elsewhere: Barbarina and Bridesmaid (Nozze di Figaro), Shepherd Boy (Tosca), Sister Catherine (Dead Man Walking-Canadian premiere), Page (Rigoletto), Cousin (Madame Butterfly), Claire Holmes, (Secret Garden), Stewardess Hutchison (Titanic), Mascha (Czarevitch), Alice (A Sunday Excursion).
Melissa studied voice at University of Calgary, is the recipient of Calgary Opera’s Brian Hanson Scholarship award, as well as the Royal Conservatory of Music Silver Medal award for voice. She performed in concert in Calgary at GlobalFest Mainstage, Alberta’s Centennial Celebration and Cantos Foundation concert series, as well as in Germany, Italy, U.S.A. and cities throughout Canada. Her recordings include a CD of her favourite songs, ranging from opera arias to standards.
For Cowtown Opera: Pamina (The Magic Flute), Christine (Phantom of the Opera).
Elsewhere: Maria (West Side Story), Yum-Yum (The Mikado), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), Poppea (L’incoronazione di Poppea), Despina (Cosí fan tutte), Alcina (Alcina), Gretel (Hansel and Gretel).
Natalie received her Bachelor’s of Music from the Oberlin Conservatory. She is an alumnus of Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artist Program and is also the 2011 winner of the Metropolitan Opera District Competition. As well as performing, Natalie is a financial broker.
For Cowtown Opera: Annie Davidson (Annie Davidson), Kandy (The Bachelor), Maria (The Sound of Music), Hansel (Hansel and Gretel)
Elsewhere: La Suora Zelatrice (Suor Angelica), Mercédès (Carmen), The Foreign Princess (Rusalka), Nancy (Albert Herring), Hermia (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Hora (Egisto). Sara has also performed with groups such as Mercury Opera, Wild West New Music Ensemble, Calgary Concert Opera Company, Mountain View Connection Concert Series, The Calgary Bach Society, Symphony of the Vines, Horizon Music Group, Luminous Voices, Voicescapes and La VIe.
Sara holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of North Texas and a Master of Music in Vocal Arts from the University of Southern California. In addition to her performing career, Sara teaches voice in Calgary.
For Cowtown Opera: Sandman (Hansel and Gretel), Chorus (The Return of the Bat), Miss Cutter (Annie Davidson – Workshop)
Elsewhere: Miles (The Turn of the Screw), Frenchie/Frau Schneider cover (Cabaret), Lily Craven (The Secret Garden)
Stephania studies at the Mount Royal Conservatory and Vocal Arts Institute of Alberta under the tutelage of Heather Meyers. Stephania is a passionate advocate for the arts and humanitarian causes, and founded the website www.howtolistentoclassicalmusic.com to explore how we listen to this beautiful art form.
Steven Morton is a Calgary-based artist who has been with Cowtown Opera since its early days in a plethora of roles; performer, lyricist, director, graphic designer, marketing manager, and production manager. Steven received his BMus in voice from the University of Lethbridge. Performance highlights include: Fabrizio (The Light in the Piazza – 2009 Canadian Premiere), The Baker (Into the Woods), Noah (Children of Eden), Nanki-Poo (The Mikado), Ferrando (Cosi Fan Tutte), Basilio/Curzio (Le Nozze di Figaro), Alistair Spenlow (Move Over, Mrs. Markham – CAT Award Nomination), Wallace Hartley (Titanic). Steven is the originator and artistic director of The CAST Program – Calgary’s most comprehensive musical theatre training program for ages 15-24. He is the director of Fresh Blend Acapella as well as an Artist in Residence and Choral Director at Calgary Arts Academy. He enjoys all his other arts related side jobs including theatrical event poster design, teaching voice and piano, leading masterclasses and performing as a church soloist.
Born in Montreal, Tina Hartt has enjoying a diverse career performing over the years. Lead alto with Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Soprano in Jazz Quartet “Tongues n’ Groove”, Lead Singer and occasional Baritone Sax with the 18 piece GTA Swing Band, Lead Singer for Jazz Quintet “Alphabet Band” and “Tina Hartt Quintet” which resulted in her CD “You Don’t Know Me”, Back Up Singer with “Papa So Mean” & Lead Singer with Rock Band “Rebel Hartts”. Now in Calgary, she is eagerly revisiting her classical roots. Currently studying with Elaine Case, Tina is looking forward to vocally stretching where she has not gone before ….well rather, where she has not been in a very long time: and loving every minute of it.
For Cowtown Opera: Ella, Love Potion No. 9
Elsewhere: In The Heights, Grease, The Little Mermaid, Les Miserables: School Edition, Flat Stanley Musical, Captain Louie, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe – Storybook Theatre; Heathers: the Musical, Curtains, Nice Work If You Can Get It – MacEwan University; Alice’s Wonderland, Spring Awakening, The Apple Kingdom – Artists’ Collective Theatre.
Zach graduated from MacEwan University’s Theatre Arts program. Zach is also a composer, and a multi-talented musician. He plays many instruments including but not limited to: Guitar, Drums, Bass, and Piano.
Cowtown Downtown: Summer 2018
Join us for lunch with a side of opera. Take a break with us this summer and be fed, entertained and back at the office in under an hour! Each Thursday lunchtime event includes 40 minuites of music presented by the talented Cowtown Opera Roster Singers as well as a boxed lunch ready to enjoy when you arrive!
ATB Branch for Arts and Culture
102 8 Ave SW
Calgary, Alberta T2P 1B3
Themes for the summer include:
June 14th: Musical Theatre Extravaganza!- Listen to some of your favourite Sondheim, Gilbert and Sullivan and Rodgers and Hammerstein as you munch your lunch.
June 28th: Soprano vs. Mezzo! -A sing-off of epic proportions! Get ready to witness as two of our singers go head to head on some amazing duets!
July 5th: John Wayne Opera!- Gear up for Stampede with our Western-themed ditties. Cowboy hats and boots encouraged.
July 12th: Inside the Audition!- Come hear our singers perform opera classics…with their own personal twist; just like they do each year at the Cowtown Opera Auditions.
July 19th: Operation Operetta! – Enjoy the patter, the folly, the fun of Gilbert and Sullivan while you snack!
July 26th: Summer Lovin’!- Enjoy some of opera’s greatest love songs to pull at your heartstrings.
Cowtown Opera relies on the generous support of sponsors and donors to help us produce high quality entertainment and fulfill our mandate of Bringing Opera to the People. You can help us achieve our vision by becoming a sponsor, donor or volunteer.
We value our sponsors for their support of the arts in our city and province and want to build great, long-lasting partnerships. Let us create the perfect sponsorship package for your business including recognition, advertising and perks such as tickets and private performances.
Please contact us to discuss sponsorship opportunities.
Individual donors are the lifeblood of our company and a direct connection to our audience. As a donor you will receive a charitable tax receipt in addition to great karma!
We’re always looking for enthusiastic volunteers. Contact us for more information!
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Cowtown Opera Summer Academy
An International Vision for Aspiring Singers
The Cowtown Opera Summer Academy offers intensive short-term studies for singers who wish to hone their skills in the areas of opera, art song, stagecraft and career development. Our inspirational faculty of professionals with international experience will assist you with all aspects of vocal and artistic development. COSA is geared towards singers who are entering into, currently enrolled in, or finished their post-secondary education in vocal studies. A performance opportunity in the closing concert will be offered to every student.
The program includes:
- Yoga for the Voice & Breath and Body Work Private and Group Sessions
- Individual Voice Lessons & Coachings
- Private Aria Staging Sessions
- Stagecraft & Improvisation Classes
- Straight Theatre Scene Coachings
- Masterclasses in French Melodie, German Lieder, Opera Arias and more
- Classes on Vocal Health, Career Development, Opera History and Aesthetics, IPA
- Art Song Recital and Opera Scene Showcase
Watch our COSA highlight video HERE.
If you don’t think you’re quite ready to take the full COSA plunge, this is a great way to get your feet wet! The OutRider program is a wonderful opportunity for actors, dancers, choral singers, instrumentalists or anyone looking for a taste of an opera singer’s world! OutRiders tuition includes participation in the following classes & seminars:
- Yoga and Breath Therapy for the Voice (5)
- Stagecraft & Improvisation Classes
- Seminars on Vocal Health, Career Development (2), Opera History and Aesthetics, and The Wilson Method for Voice: Singing with Ease, Power & Support
Please note that OutRiders are not required to audition for COSA, however they must still submit a completed application form (including all fields that apply) by Friday, June 22, 2018.
COSA is proud to present the opportunity for the Calgary community to observe and learn from our excellent Faculty Members at our 2018 Masterclasses. All classes are open to voice students, teachers and the general public who are interested in catching a glimpse into the world of classical singing. We remind all guests that the focus of these sessions is furthering the vocal and educational journey of our COSA participants and proper masterclass etiquette must be adhered to. We welcome guests to enjoy the teachings of our internationally recognized instructors for $10 per session, with all proceeds funding scholarships for future COSA students.
Please visit our page on the Mount Royal University Conservatory website.
Please note: Your application to attend Cowtown Opera Summer Academy is not a registration or notice of acceptance — all applicants must audition prior to acceptance.
–One aria selection
–One art song selection
(any two languages must be represented)
–There is no audition process for OutRiders.
–A completed application & tuition must be received by Friday, June 22nd, 2018
Audition in person on March 24 & 25th at MRU or send an electronic video submission of your audition as an email attachment or YouTube link to COSA@CowtownOpera.com . Deadline for electronic submissions is Friday, March 9, 2018.
Please note that the Cowtown Opera Summer Academy is an Intensive and students are expected to attend the entire length and participate in all aspects of the course. We cannot accept applications from persons with scheduled conflicts during the outlined dates.
Questions about the Cowtown Opera Summer Academy? email firstname.lastname@example.org