At The Elgin

The Making of an Opera (MoaO) introduces students to the magical world of opera through a series of hands-on workshops at the historic Elgin Theatre.

The week of one-day workshops takes place once each spring and once each fall, and is focused on the corresponding Opera Atelier production.

Following the workshops students attend a performance at the Elgin Theatre and witness how all of these different components of the opera come together in a live show. In addition to learning what happens behind the scenes, Opera Atelier develops informative study guides for students to teach them about the art and its history.

Teachers interested in bringing their students should contact us.

Who should attend MoaO?

The workshop is recommended for high school students, but may also be suitable for some grade 7 and 8 classes. School groups from all disciplines are welcome: Music, Drama, Dance, Visual Arts, History, Social Studies and Career Planning.

What’s a day like at MoaO?

Students and teachers arrive at the Elgin Theatre rehearsal space at 9:00 am, and participate in a fun-filled day of workshops and discussions about Baroque opera, ballet and performance.

Sample Schedule

9:00 – 9:45 The History of Opera Atelier
9:45 – 10:30 Set Design and Production
10:30 – 10:45 Break
10:45 – 11:30 17th and 18th Century Music and Performance
11:30 – 12:30 Lunch
12:30 – 1:15 Baroque Acting & Gesture
1:15 – 2:00 Baroque Court Dance
2:00 – 2:10 Break
2:10 – 3:00 Stage Fighting

Please note that programming may change each session based on the production of focus and artist availability.

Please note that sessions fill up fast – teachers are advised to inquire about availability now to avoid disappointment.


Top Banner: Making of an Opera, Fall 2013.
Photo Credit: Bruce Zinger.