Let’s write our own opera



a week long camp to write and stage your own opera!

Summer 2022

Take a children’s story on Monday and turn it into an opera which we perform together on Friday. 
Children aged 8-12 will work in collaboration with composer Christine Donkin and teaching artist and mezzo-soprano Erin Cunès to compose their own original opera.  
Location 2022 TBC: 
Age group 8-12.

2022 half days/Full Days
A minimum of 4 kids and a maximum of 14

Price $200/$300 per children


Erin Cunès

Mezzo Soprano, Erin Cunès is a gifted singer and a compelling actress. Her lustrous vocals, artistry and style have garnered praise on both the operatic and concert stage. Erin has performed with major opera companies across the country and has been a guest artist with Pacific Opera Victoria and the Victoria Symphony.

A native of Calgary, Ms. Cunès graduated from L’Université de Montreal with a Bachelor in Vocal Performance. She continued her studies at the Victoria Conservatory of Music with Selena James where she also began her teaching career.

Erin recently spent two years living in Uttar Pradesh India completing an internship in Yoga, Meditation and Mindfulness. As a result, Erin is gaining a reputation as a unique and specialized teaching artist. She systematically guides her students to find their voice through music, movement and mindfulness. “The human voice is a powerful and authentic instrument. Unleashing it, freeing it, honoring and nurturing it is my favorite work in the world!”

Currently Ms. Cunès is collaborating on a recording project of experimental music using extended voice technique with Canadian Composer and Visual Artist Lance Austin Olsen.


Christine Donkin

Christine Donkin is a Canadian composer and educator. Her musical creations have been performed by such ensembles as Symphony New Brunswick, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Canadian Guitar Quartet, and numerous choirs; and her compositions for students are published by several of the world’s leading music exam boards, and as such are played by students in nearly 100 countries. 
Christine enjoys collaborating and has worked with a variety of creative artists including poets, vocalists, and dancers. She teaches composition classes at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, where she encourages her students to be open to music of all kinds.