Photo by Bruce Zinger. Co-Artistic Directors and Founders of Making of an Opera, Marshall Pynkoski and Jeannette LaJeunesse-Zingg, working with students at the W. Ross MacDonald School for the Blind.

Making of An Opera

Every year since 1996, Opera Atelier’s Making of an Opera (MOAO) program has provided more than 1,000 young people a one-day, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn about, participate in, and experience the magic of opera, completely free of charge.

Through a series of hands-on, interactive workshops, school groups of students aged 12-18 have the opportunity to work with the professional team behind our productions to explore every aspect of opera. These workshops take place in the rehearsal studios at the historic Elgin Theatre.

The week of one-day workshops takes place once in the spring (late March/early April) and once each fall (late September/early October), and is focused on the corresponding Opera Atelier production.

Following the workshops, students attend a dress rehearsal of our upcoming production and witness how all of these different components of the opera come together in a live show. Watch the video below to get a sneak peek into this program!

Video by Alec Boyle. Opera Atelier’s teaser trailer for Making of an Opera.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who should attend Making of an Opera?

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, Theatre Production, History and Classics Studies.

What’s a day like at Making of an Opera?

Students and teachers arrive at the Elgin Theatre rehearsal space at 10am in the morning, and participate in a fun-filled day of workshops and discussions about Baroque opera, ballet, and theatre production. Please note that programming may change each session based on the production’s focus and artist availability. 

I’m interested in bringing my group – what’s the cost?

Our program is offered to participating schools completely free of charge; transportation remains the school’s responsibility.  We welcome new schools from the Greater Toronto Area and beyond.

This sounds exciting! How do I sign up?

Forms are sent out to our mailing list in June and December to reserve a spot for the upcoming session. Registration for the program is limited due to capacity. Participation in the Making of an Opera program is processed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Typical day at
Making of an Opera


Storytelling through Music

Set Design, Props, and Costumes


Workshop: Directing a Scene


Intro to Baroque Dance

Stage Combat Basics



Marshall Pynkoski
Stage Direction & Dance
Measha Brueggergosman-Lee
Artist-in-Residence | Music
Ivan Lo
Education & Outreach Manager | Music & Drama


Todd Campbell
Stage Combat

Attending the student workshop on the production process of Opera Atelier in Toronto was an unforgettable experience. From learning about art production to witnessing stage combat and period dancing, every aspect was captivating. Culminating with a dress rehearsal at Koerner Hall, the royal treatment and corporate sponsorship making it free for students is incredible. They were thoroughly engaged and entertained, fostering a genuine love for opera

Music & Religion Teacher, Michael Power – St. Joseph High School
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