Greetings from SOLT!

SOLT has always focused its attention on the artistic process and the advancement of the artistic impulse. And we believe that a career in the performing arts makes better sense when there is a working plan to follow.

Singers join SOLT for many reasons and not just because singers must sing: There is repertoire building, discovering new options, networking and career development, staying fit and nimble, honing the craft of learning and even adjusting a method of acting. All of these goals make superb logic.

Spending the summer in their quest is sensible if the time is right and you are available. There is more, the SOLT 2022 Opera Workshop aims its super objectives at three great works for the stage: Wolfgang Mozart's THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO, Humperdinck's HANSEL AND GRETEL and Menotti's THE CONSUL. The diversity of roles, the amazing variety of style, both vocal and dramatic, makes this SOLT summer a special one for your consideration. And finally, consider the wealth of masters lined up for master classes this summer: Colin Ainsworth, Kathy Domoney, Henry Ingram, Catherine Robbin, Diane Loeb and others. Please put SOLT 2022 at the top of your priorities.


Ryan Allen as Martin in THE TENDERLAND (2011)

SUMMER OPERA LYRIC THEATRE and Research Centre was founded in 1986 with a mandate to promote musical and dramatic education in Canada showcasing artists in all stages of development through a variety of innovative and challenging operatic repertoire.

SUMMER OPERA LYRIC THEATRE and Research Centre brings together young vocalists, students, professional singers and teachers of great stature Its unique programs combines learning and performing in an environment reflecting the professional operatic world of today.

SUMMER OPERA LYRIC THEATRE and Research Centre's past workshop productions of Mozart's MAGIC FLUTE, Puccini's MADAME BUTTERFLY, Barber's VANESSA, Ravel's L'ENFANT ET LES SORTILÈGES, Verdi's FALSTAFF, Mozart's DON GIOVANNI, THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO and ABDUCTION FROM THE SERAGLIO, Handel's ALCINA, Offenbach's THE TALES OF HOFFMANN and LA PÉRICHOLE, Tchaikovsky's EUGENE ONEGIN, Puccini's LA BOHÈME, Carlisle Floyd's SUSANNAH, Rossini's LA GAZZA LADRA, Thomas' HAMLET and MIGNON, Bizet's CARMEN, Moore's THE BALLAD OF BABY DOE, Boieldieu's LA DAME BLANCHE and Bernstien's CANDIDE have provided valuable experience and insights to all participating artists in their quest for excellence in their careers.

SUMMER OPERA LYRIC THEATRE combines a series of music rehearsals, master classes, dramatic discussions, lectures and staging rehearsals, culminating in the week of performances at the Robert Gill Theatre.


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SOLT proudly announces the 2022 Opera Workshop, a unique educational program whose main goal is to recreate the professional interpretative process with a special focus on the lyric theatre. Such issues as character development, the creative impulse, acting techniques and stage movement are examined and in some cases, considered for the first time.

The Opera Workshop begins on Sunday, June 13 and will conclude on Sunday, August 7, 2022. During the course of this eight-week period all participating artists will be involved in dramatic discussions, music and staging rehearsals and a series of Master Classes touching on important aspects of a singer's career. These eight weeks of intensive work culminate in a series of performances showcasing not only the artists' talent but also their work in appealing repertoire.

The Summer Opera Lyric Theatre 2022 Opera Workshop offers you an opportunity to spend the summer days in an stimulating environment that is both challenging and rewarding. Many past SOLT alumni have benefited from the Opera Workshop through a 'fine- tuning' of technical and interpretative skills and an expansion of repertoire in a career that demands great versatility. SOLT has produced the Opera Workshop since 1986 and for twenty-eight years has nurtured, developed and promoted the careers of hundreds of Canadian singers. Previous participating artists such as David Pomeroy, Krisztina Szabo, Etienne Dupuis, Katherine Whyte, Joseph Kaiser, Nora Sourouzian, Marc Boucher, Keith Klassen, Jennifer Maines-Chamandy, Joshua Hopkins, Michele Bogdanowicz, Michael Nyby and Michael Barrett are at present enjoying national and international careers.

Please take a look at the SOLT information for the summer of 2022 and make an appointment for an audition at your earliest convenience. Do not hesitate to call should you need further information on the program's objectives, fees, schedules, our roster of lecturers and Master Classes.

"Ten Most Influential Hispanic-Canadians" (2008) award-winner Guillermo Silva-Marin is the founder and continuing General Director of Summer Opera Lyric Theatre. A modern day Renaissance man, Guillermo Silva-Marin claims experience as a performer, stage director, writer, set and lighting designer, teacher and producer. Performance highlights include appearances with the Canadian Opera Company, New York City Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, Cincinnati Opera, and symphony orchestras in Toronto, Ottawa, Edmonton, El Paso, Mexico and Puerto Rico.

He became the General Director of the prestigious Opera in Concert organization in 1994 and founded Toronto Operetta Theatre in 1985. His commitment to the advancement and promotion of Canadian singers has been exemplary. He has maintained a minimalist philosophy as stage director and has, to a fault, emphasized dramatic truth and adherence to the highest standards of excellence in performance with admirable results and enthusiastic response from audiences, critics and artists alike. He was instrumental in producing three recordings, released internationally on the Naxos label including CASTOR ET POLLUX by Rameau, RINALDO by Handel and LA GRISELDA by Vivaldi, all featuring Canadian artists.

Mr. Silva-Marin has staged a significant number of operas and operettas with companies in Canada, The United States and Ireland. His debut in Ireland for Opera Cork's THE MERRY WIDOW took place in 2007 in association with conductor Kevin Mallon. His CARMEN FLAMENCO! with Arte Flamenco! Spanish Dance Co. received two separate productions. Mr. Silva-Marin joined Opera McGill at McGill University in Montreal as stage director for Ravel's L'ENFANT ET LES SORTILEGES in 1998. In the following 8 years he staged Ward's THE CRUCIBLE. Mozart's LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, Weisgall's SIX CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF AN AUTHOR, Handel's SEMELE, a semi-staged version of Verdi's FALSTAFF, Mozart's IDOMENEO and Bernstein's CANDIDE.

During the 2007-2008 academic year, he served as Co-Director of Opera McGill, sharing these duties with conductor Julian Wachner. He was instrumental in bringing to a successful completion the World Premiere of EARNEST, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING by Canadian composer Victor Davies and librettist Eugene Benson in February 2008, the World Premiere of KAMOURASKA by Charles Wilson in 2009 and the professional World Premiere of TAPTOO! by John Beckwith and James Reaney in 2012. Mr. Silva-Marin appears in recent editions of the Canadian WHO'S WHO.

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