Opera in the 21st Century 2023

Opera at Banff Centre is a performance-based, collaborative training experience for emerging opera professionals that truly challenges the conventions of opera performance, production, and design. The focus is to develop early career opera professionals with the skills and experience to take them to the next level of their careers in an evolving industry.

In 2023, Banff Centre is excited to announce multi-disciplinary programs, one of them taking place at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa for Module 1 and all culminating in an additional 3 weeks of programming at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity for Module 2.

Opera in the 21st Century: Don Giovanni

Singers, Director, & Repetiteur

Module 1: June 5-17, 2023 | National Arts Centre, Ottawa

Module 2: July 3 - 22, 2023 | Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

This program offers a unique opportunity for 7 singers, a director, and repetiteur to attend both modules to work with and learn from artists specializing in a range of areas including design, creation, composition, and production. Participants will join a cast of career principal artists at the National Arts Centre Ottawa and prepare the roles needed for Mozart’s Don Giovanni with the National Arts Centre Orchestra. They will then remount the semi-staged production at the Banff Centre later that summer whilst also workshopping and presenting a musical read-through of a new opera Adoration as part of the ensemble.

Opera in the 21st Century: Singers - Adoration and New Work

July 3 - 22, 2023 | Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

A 3 week, intensive residency in Banff focusing on developing the skills of early career opera singers taking them to the next level of their careers in an evolving industry. You will workshop and present the music of a new opera Adoration written by Mary Kouyoumdjian and Royce Vavrek in collaboration with Beth Morrison Projects based on the film by Atom Egoyan. 

Opera in the 21st Century: Librettist and Composer - Adoration and New Work

July 3 - 22, 2023 | Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

A 3 week, intensive residency in Banff for one pre-existing composer/librettist pair work with our faculty and alongside the participants of the other Opera in the 21st Century 2023 programs. The composer/librettist duo will bring a new, ready to be performed work to the program for workshop and showcase by program participants.

All applications close March 22, 2023

There is no application deadline
Residency Length
30 days - 50 days
Average Number of Artists in Residence at a Time
Collaborative Residency
Must apply and be accepted individually
May apply as a team
Country of Residence
Open to artists based anywhere in the world
Family Friendly
Stage of Career
Any stage of career
Additional Expectations/Opportunities
Participate in public programming
Participate in open studio with fellow residents
Give artist talk or presentation
Accessible Housing
ADA Compliant
Partially Accessible (50% or more)
Meals Provided
All meals
Food stipend provided
Studios/Special Equipment
Performance/Presentation Facilities
Studios/Facilities Accessibility
Partially Accessible (50% or more)
Type of Housing
Private bedroom in a shared housing facility on campus
Additional Eligibility Information

Each residency has specific eligibility requirements; please visit our website for our current and available programs open for application.

Artist Stipend
Travel Stipend/Material Stipends
Residency Fees
Canadian Dollar (CAD)
Fee Details

Module 1: Financial Aid of 100% is available to cover Program Fee, including accommodation. A stipend of $75 per day will be issued to help cover food costs while in Ottawa. A travel allowance will be provided to assist with travel expenses to Ottawa (subject to regional maximums).

Module 2: Financial Aid of 100% is available to cover the full Program Fee, including single accommodation and full flex meal plan.


Grant/Scholarship/other Funding Support
Grant/Scholarship/Other Funding Support Details

Please visit the Fees & Financial Aid section of the program page to learn more about individual program's specific fees and funding availabilities. 

Application Fee
Canadian Dollar (CAD)
Application Type
Open application