AEDO, the Accademia Europea Dell’Opera, is a uniquely focused European opera experience that takes place in Lucca, Italy and was created in collaboration between Western University Canada, Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini, is centered on the preparation, creation, and performance of full operatic roles. The international program brings together selected singers from around the globe to work with pianists, conductors, and directors from some of the world’s most celebrated opera institutions, during an intense period of musical and dramaturgic study and rehearsal, followed by a series of public European performances.

Program dates: June 28 - August 10, 2020
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COAA*, the Canadian Operatic Arts Academy, is an elite international program that provides singers, pianists and directors with the skills to obtain, realize, and sustain a prolific and rewarding career in the operatic profession. An internationally-recognized faculty from celebrated institutions provides the participants with invaluable insight into the multifaceted world of opera – its preparation, performance, and business through a variety of forums. *Due to facility and space constraints, COAA will not be offered in 2020. We look forward to welcoming Congress 2020 (including MusCan 2020) to Western University (including the Don Wright Faculty of Music) in the spring! COAA plans to return in May 2021.

Application Deadlines for AEDO 2020 (postmarked)

  • Deadline for live auditions (Application fee $50) November 25, 2019
  • Deadline for assistant directors, conductors, and recorded auditions for
    singers and pianists (Application fee $50) December 15, 2019

Applications can be submitted by email to Please note that all payments must be postmarked by the deadline and we only accept cheque, money order, bank draft or wire transfer. No e-transfer, cash or US Post cheques. 

Roles assigned as applications arrive, so apply early! Late applications will be considered until all roles are filled. Four fully staged operas will be presented. Repertoire to include works by Mozart, Handel, and Puccini with final repertoire selection to be confirmed upon completion of auditions.

Application Forms

Singer, Pianist & Instrumental Audition Dates

Location and time of your audition will be confirmed upon receipt of your application. Audition dates will be based on receipt of requisite applications. Locations for live auditions include the following cities:

  • Vancouver
  • Calgary
  • Winnipeg
  • Toronto
  • London
  • Montreal
  • Quebec City

Choose a program for more information on auditions requirements, fees and applications:

List of Faculty & Guest Presenters

Student Experience: Danielle Cyr

Contact Information

Brianna DeSantis & James Smith

Phone: 519-661-2111 ext. 80047