Opera (Diploma)

If you've completed an undergraduate degree or diploma in music and want to grow your creative and performing skills as a singer-actor, Laurier's Diploma in Opera is a perfect fit.

This one-year (two-term) program offers focused instruction in voice and operatic stagecraft in a highly collaborative environment where you learn about making opera from the ground up.


Program Highlights

  • You'll work with faculty and practitioners who are among Canada's most distinguished performers, creators and educators.
  • Opera Laurier performs a themed program of operatic and music theatre excerpts every fall and a full-length opera every winter.

Program Options and Courses

Program Details

You'll work with the renowned faculty and instructors in our Faculty of Music who will help you build and grow foundational performance and creative skills towards the portfolio careers of the future.

In addition to improving your singing, you'll learn how to deliver a practical audition, create a killer publicity package, and work with prominent stage directors and other clinicians in movement, acting, stagecraft, publicity and makeup.

Sample Courses

  • Practice of Opera
  • Advanced Practical Study
  • Studio Class and Recital

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Format: full time      Duration: two terms      Start: September (fall term)     OUAC code: URI

Your Career Awaits

For more than 50 years, Laurier's diploma in Opera has enjoyed a fine reputation as a training ground for advanced pre-professional Opera and music theatre singers, directors and repetiteurs.

Our many alums who have gone on to achieve great success in music include:

  • Sarah Dufresne, recent winner of the 2022 Montreal International Competition and one of this year's CBC 30-under-30;
  • Midori Marsh, winner of the 2019 Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Competition;
  • Sandra Horst, Chorus Master of the Canadian Opera Company;
  • Erica Iris Huang;
  • Adam Luther;
  • Daniel Cabena; and
  • Jane Archibald, Juno Award winner, has sung with the likes of the Vienna State Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, the Paris Opera, La Scala Milan and the Berlin Philharmonic.

Support After Graduation

Alumni for life means that you have access to Career and Employment Support offered at Laurier for your entire career.

Waterloo Campus

The Waterloo campus is tucked into about one city block, so you’re steps away from your classes, food and your new favourite study spot.

There are many ways to tour our Waterloo campus, whether that's on a guided tour with one of our Laurier student ambassadors, on your own using virtual reality, or even on-demand through one of our pre-recorded tours. See our campus spaces and start to picture yourself at Laurier.

Interested in More Info?

Email choosemusic@wlu.ca or call 519.884.1970 x2492.