a week long camp to write and stage your own opera!
Monday August 28th to September 1st, 2023
Pick a children’s story on Monday and turn it into an opera which will be performed on Friday.
Children aged 8-12 will work in collaboration with composer Christine Donkin and mezzo-soprano Erin Cunès to compose their own original opera, including lyrics and music.
Location 2023: Erin Studio, 302 Vancouver street
Age group 8-12 ( Please inquire for older student 13-16 as anything is possible!)
Noon till 4.30pm every day
A minimum of 4 kids and a maximum of 14
No prior experience necessary
Price $300 per registrants
Family rates (3 children or more) $250 per children
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 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.
the 2021 children’s company songs performed in 2022 at the Maggie Music year end event!