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The voice of opera in Canada
La voix de l’opéra au Canada

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We are the national association for opera in Canada

AOC is a membership-based association for opera companies, opera artists, businesses, teaching institutions, and individuals. We work with members across the sector to mitigate challenges, celebrate successes, and help opera thrive in a changing environment. We are a communications hub, a connector and convenor, a champion and catalyst for change, and a relentless advocate. 

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From events to features, Stay up to date on all news and releases of opera in Canada and abroad.

Spam Alert: The OAR Program is Complete and Closed

We have recently been made aware of emails being received by some of our members that appear to be from the “OAR program.” It’s important to note that these emails are not from the Association for Opera in Canada (AOC)….

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Essential Opera releases a new EP!

Essential Opera is releasing Monica Pearce’s one-act opera Etiquette with Leaf Music. It features three influential 1920s women: author, critic and satirist Dorothy Parker, author and socialite Emily Post, and politician Nancy Astor. Emily Post’s book Etiquette was published in…

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Featuring programs and awards both onstage and off. These initiatives highlight and recognize both artist and administrator.

For Artists

AOC runs a suite of programs centring artists at all stages of career development.

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For Organizations

AOC serves Opera Companies of all scales and sizes, Agents and Managers and other Businesses, Universities and other educational programs across Canada, with a wide range of programs.

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Resources and Advocacy

We provide a united voice to governments and policy makers at all levels. Through ongoing relationship building, networking and appropriate non-partisan interventions, we ensure that the interests of our members and the broader Canadian opera sector are understood and considered. Through various initiatives, we raise the profile of the Canadian opera sector with its various stakeholders, including funders, opera audiences and the general public.

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