THE SCOOP | Opera In Canada Names 2021-2022 Artist Fellowship And Mentorship Participants

By Michael Vincent on January 6, 2022

Photo courtesy of Association for Opera in Canada
Photo courtesy of Association for Opera in Canada

The second cohort of the RBC Artist Fellowship and Mentorship Program has been announced by the Association for Opera in Canada.

The list of hopefuls just announced includes 20 artists from across Canada.

So what is it?

The program looks to help give rising artists a platform for exploration and skill development, as well as mentorship.

What’s in store?

  • The artists will work with ten early-career artist Fellows and ten mid-career artist Mentors from all aspects of opera.
  • Fellows will be mentored one-on-one, engage in group seminars and training sessions, get life/career counselling, and receive specialised professional development training as well as networking opportunities.
  • The goal of this program is to encourage growth, establish relationships, and start a conversation.

The bigger picture

With opera houses opening and closing like yo-yo’s, some artists working in opera (especially singers) have been turning to career development programs to fill the gap.

Others have chosen to travel to more opera-friendly cities in Europe such as Vienna, Austria. It’s here that opera companies enjoy much more government support that allows them to remain open while enduring profit-killing capacity limits.

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