COSI 2020 Program:

July 1 - July 22, 2020 

Intensive Italian
Lessons, Coaching Sessions
Acting & Stagecraft Instruction
Courtyard & Cathedral Performances

Complete Role Study
Career Forums & Workshops



Mozart Così fan tutte: semi-staged

    Stuart Barker, Stage Director

    Kimberley-Ann Bartczak, Music Director

Opera Scenes: semi-staged

    Melissa Bencic, Stage Director

    Nathalie Doucet, Music Director

Mozart Requiem soloists: with the

     Ensemble in Residence: Toronto Youth Choir

     Matthew Otto, Artistic Director

     Helen Becqué, Collaborative Pianist



The Centre for Opera Studies in Italy gratefully acknowledges the generous founding support of The Bel Canto Foundation for Italian Heritage and Opera.

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Extraordinary Opera Training!

Our COSI 2020 Faculty Includes:


Stuart D. Barker, British Youth Opera: Director of Productions and Training.

COSI 2020: Stage Director - Così fan tutte. Acting, Stagecraft, Audition Techniques.

Laura Claycomb, Grammy® Award winning soprano. La Scala, Berlin Staatsoper, Paris 

National Opera, Bastille Opéra, Opéra Nice, 

Houston Grand Opera, Los Angeles Opera,

Kennedy Center, English National Opera. 

COSI 2020: Voice Teaching

Workshop: Young Artist Corner


Nathalie Doucet, Amsterdam Conservatorium, Dutch National OperaDNO Academy. Des Moines Opera, Orlando Opera. Opera Coach

COSI 2020: Music Director: Opera Scenes. Opera Coach.

Workshop: Singing in Europe

Melissa Bencic

Bravo Academy for the Performing Arts

Sheridan College

New Music Theatre Intensives 


COSI 2020: Stage Director: Opera Scenes

& Intensives

 Workshops: Your Stage Toolkit

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Dr. Christina Haldane 

Dalhousie University 

COSI 2020:

Voice Teaching

Workshops: Best Proven Strategies for Indie Opera

Dr. Kathryn Tremills 

Coach and Collaborative Pianist

University of Toronto Faculty of Music 

COSI 2020: Director of Collaborative Activities

Maestro Giuseppe Finzi. San Francisco Opera, Opéra Nice, Opera Liceu Barcelona, San Carlo Opera Naples, Deutsche Oper Berlin.

COSI 2020: Master Class, and coach-conductor for singer/collaborative piano duos.

Kimberley-Ann Bartczak

Resident Conductor, Calgary Opera. 

COSI 2020: Music Director

Conductor: Così fan tutte 

Opera Coach

Darryl Edwards

University of Toronto

COSI Artistic Director: Voice Teacher

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Tania Puglielli, Director: “The English School” of International Languages, Sulmona. Italian Instructor

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Matthew Otto, Artistic Director

Helen Becqué, Collaborative Pianist

Kevin Skelton 

Stage Movement, Integrative Performance

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COSI’s “Extraordinary Opera Training” has always been at its heart. We continue to offer outstanding teaching and mentors for our young artists, just as we have since we began in 2007. Since our beginning, our faculty has included:

Andrist, Rachel
Berman, Jonathan
Brett, Kathleen
Claycomb, Laura
Dala, Leslie
Diamond, Tom
Dorgan, Paul
Edwards, Darryl
Finzi, Giuseppe
Haywood, Lorna
Hermiston, Nancy
Hiebert, Shannon
Im, Miah
Isaac, Carol
Isepp, Martin
Larlee, Anne
Mallon, Kevin
Marvel, James
Marrs, Stephanie
Mauro, Louisa
McIntosh, Brian
McMahon, Michael
Nash, Maika’i
Nelson, Timothy
Nieuwenhuis, Hans
Noble, Timothy
Perruzza, Fred
Philcox, Steven
Pleasants-Faulkner, Isolde
Pratschke, Sinéad
Raftery, J. Patrick
Swan, Jennifer
Tarver, Jennifer
Tremills, Kathryn
Tyrrell, Kinza
Upchurch, Liz
Vernon O.C., Timothy
Wood, Karen
Yan, Judith