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Former AEDO participants pictured above (left to right): Amanda Weatherall; Susana Arcila Tascon; Nicole Stocks; artistic and musical director Simone Luti leading the orchestra and choir. Photo: Federico Marconi

Update - November 3, 2021
We are working on potential plans for spring/summer 2022! Please stay tuned for more information. In the meantime, please feel free to contact for questions about COAA and 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. 


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.

Student Experience

Faculty & Guest Presenters

Contact Information

Brianna DeSantis & James Smith
Associate Artistic & General Administrators
519-661-2111 x80047