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Announcing our season 5 winter show:

Essential Zarzuela!


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Essential Opera in Ottawa!

Essential Opera is bringing two contemporary operas to Opera Lyra Ottawa in 2015! More info here, or read the Opera Lyra 2015-2016 season brochure.

Thank you to all the singers who auditioned for us in January 2015!

Essential Opera is Growing

Read more about our expansion on our Blog page!

Proudly announcing our
Season 5 opening performance

Gluck: Paride ed Elena

(Paris and Helen)



Toronto: Saturday, September 27, 8:00 pm; Trinity St. Paul’s Centre

Kitchener: Wednesday, October 1, 7:30 pm; Registry Theatre

Info, Cast and Musical Team



Summer 2014 Festival Appearances:

New Hamburg Live! Festival of the Arts

Two Weddings & A Reunion
Saturday, June 7, 2:00 p.m.
Steinmann Mennonite Church, Baden, ON
More info and tickets:

Essential Opera presents “Two Weddings & A Reunion”, a newly-formed double bill of Haydn’s “The Deserted Island” (L’isola disabitata) and Donizetti’s “The Night Bell” (Il campanello) – two charming comedies. In Italian with English text onscreen.

Open Ears Festival of Music and Sound

Etiquette / Regina / Heather (CINDY + MINDY = BFFs 4EVER)
Sunday, June 15, 7:30 p.m.
The Registry Theatre, Kitchener, ON
More info and tickets:

Essential Opera presents its triple bill of new Canadian works with a brilliant cast and chamber ensemble.


Info about our Season 4 spring performance:

Etiquette / Regina / Heather

Threw new works by Canadian Composers

New Works – Info, Cast and Musical Team



Info about our Season 4 opening production:

The Deserted Island

Haydn’s L’isola disabitata

Friday, November 8, 7:30 pm; Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave., Toronto

Cast and Trailer Video

Info about our Season 3 productions:

Two Weddings and a Funeral

Gianni Schicchi (Puccini) and Il campanello (Donizetti)

Friday, March 15th, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave., Toronto

Tickets available online or at the door. Buy Tickets Now

Cast, Videos

Info about our S3 fall production:

The Threepenny Opera

Kurt Weill

Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 7:30 p.m.
Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave., Toronto
Tickets: $20
Sung in German and English, with English translation (if you’ve been good)

Details, cast list & video



Info about our Season 2 productions:


G.F. Handel (with orchestra)

Toronto: Trinity St. Paul’s, 427 Bloor St. W, May 25, 2012, 7:30 PM
Tickets available at the door: $20

New Hamburg Live! Festival of the Arts: Thursday, May 31, 2012, 7:30 PM

What happens when a pair of sister sorceresses fall in love with the wrong men? Handel tells the story of Alcina, a sorceress who gives up her powers for the love of a handsome knight, and her sister Morgana, who has to choose between a faithful lover and a mysterious stranger. Dramatic and heartbreaking in true opera seria style, with quests, betrayals, and love conquering all.

Details, meet the cast & orchestra


J. Massenet

7:30 p.m., Saturday, November 12th, 2011

Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Avenue, Toronto, ON

Continuing the hilarious (and sexy!) exploits of the exuberant page Chérubin, last seen making trouble in The Marriage of Figaro. Now he’s off to enjoy the privileges of his officer’s commission in the army, but not before sampling all the pleasures Spain has to offer. Written in the sumptuous, frivolous style of Paris’ Opera-Comique, Massenet’s light-hearted romance follows Chérubin while he trades the temptation of the beautiful Countess Almaviva for the passion of an exotic dancer (yes, that kind of does mean what you’re thinking), and finally falls for the girl next door… but has she really fallen for him?

photos, raves, meet the cast


Info about our inaugural production:

Le Nozze di Figaro

W. A. Mozart

7:30 PM, Saturday, February 26, 2011

Calvin Presbyterian Church, 26 Delisle Avenue, Toronto, ON

photos, rave reviews, meet the cast