INside Opera

Performance and artistic creation as self-expression

Tapestry’s Youth Inside Opera Program gives youth and children from St. Jamestown, Toronto a full scholarship program to train and mentor with classical and hip hop professionals in the creation and performance of their own opera.  

Participants join Tapestry’s faculty of composers, playwrights, and hip hop artists, including specialists in dance, spoken word, rap, beat-box, and DJing to create story and music that is their own. The youth are coached in singing, drama, and music and given opportunities to not only perform their opera, but also to be the driving creative force behind the stories, music, and scenic design that they perform. The program finishes with performances for family, friends and the general public. We value art as one of the greatest forms of self-expression and stand behind Inside Opera as a program that empowers youth in Toronto to express themselves and find their voice. Inside Opera closely parallels Tapestry’s professional new work development and allows us to bring in award-winning playwrights and composers from our professional endeavours to mentor and collaborate with Inside Opera participants. We believe that opera is uniquely able to communicate raw emotion and we are committed to creating opportunities for students to work directly with the best possible professional artists.

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